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OUR STORY

Research Unit is Utilitarian Brand who design Elevated, Considered and Sustainable Apparel and Accessories for Women and Men and Kids.

Our products are thoughtfully designed by Erin-Lee and Chad Petersen, through careful use and balance of materials, considering each form, fit and it's function with acute attention to detail. " We're mostly designing pieces for ourselves and our kids first for a more sustainable future within our own everyday living." says Erin-Lee.

They initially began crafting accessories in their own workshop in Cape Town in 2013 and grew into designing Elevated Basic Apparel in late 2018.

 EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES MAKING FEWER PRODUCTS, BETTER

We work with communities across Cape Town from Hanover Park to Khayelitsha to empower skilled people, especially women, by working closely with them to sculpt, perfect and design a superior quality, sustainable and thoughtfully designed product you can wear for a long time.

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"We believe that one of the greatest forms of sustainability must be to give back to our community, to keep the industry and skills within it, alive and our economy thriving. 
Our pieces are therefore not mass produced, instead made in small batches to reduce waste. In fact, every piece of fabric is used to make packaging with the left overs. Our pieces from clothing to bags are hand-crafted and therefore always a limited run.
 
We believe that fewer products, made better, can be treasured for a long time, mainly to preserve the quality level and standard of every piece made from a simple t-shirt to a hand-crafted bag. We not about mass production, but doing our part to help the earth and humanity."
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With our travel bags and accessories, we observe the age-old traditions of Japanese craftsmanship, for each of our South African-made products, while applying innovative technology and industrial design experience, to create products we trust are built to last for generations."  
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BEGINNINGS
Research Unit began on a bedroom floor by Founder, Erin-Lee Petersen and later joined by Co-Founder and husband, Chad Petersen. Their mission from the beginning, was to learn high-level skills of making goods to high standards and at a superior quality to compete with the rest of the world.
 With an equal passion for good design and innovation with the lowest level of resources available, they resorted to YouTube. They took the time to research and document each step during their design and development process, to offer you a well made product at superior quality and have done even more to enable these products to be made by individuals who come from a previously disadvantaged life.
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"Initially, we taught our staff skills we learnt ourselves and continue to find more communities to work with in South Africa. We believe that innovation, good design and very fine craftsmanship go hand-in-hand."
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The multiple-award-winning creative duo have had an innovative approach to business from the very start, raising their initial capital from the sale of an iPhone 4, they took out with a 24-month contract when no formal institutions would support, whilst collectively working in Broadcasting, Modeling, Industrial Design Consultancies and Luxury Retail for several years.  
 
 
Size Guide- Women | Men | Kids

Our size chart is a guide to help you find the correct size for you or/ and your child. Our products are designed through careful use and balance of materials making each design unique. We, therefore suggest you email us 

Kids Clothing 2-8 years
Age (years)  2-3 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-7 7-8
size (cm) 98 104 110 116 122 128
height (cm) 98 104 110 116 122 128
chest (cm) 54,25 56 58 60,5 63 65/64
waist (cm) 52,5 54,5 55 56 57 58/59
hip(cm) 56 60 62 64 66 70/68
inside leg (cm)  41 45,5 49,25 52 56 59,75/59,25

 

 Women & Men

MEASURING FOR DRESS SIZE (Women) 
  1. Measure your bust. To do this, wrap tape around your back and over the fullest part of your bust. Exhale when taking this measurement.
  2. Measure your waist. To do this, wrap tape around the smallest part of your waist, below your ribs and above your navel.
  3. Measure your hips. To do this, wrap tape around the fullest part of your hips, ensuring that tape touches your hipbone on both sides of the top of your leg, but not your buttocks.
  4. Compare measurements to relevant size chart to find your size. Tip: if your measurements fall between two sizes, it is always a good idea to go for the larger size.

 

SA Size

SA Size

SA Size

Bust (cm)

Waist (cm)

Hips (cm)

XXS

28

4

74-76

56-58

84-86

XS

30

6

79-81

61-63

89-91

S

32

8

84-86

66-68

94-96

M

34

10

89-91

71-73

99-101

L

36

12

94-96

76-78

104-106

XL

38

14

99-101

81-83

109-111

XXL

40

16

104-106

86-88

114-116

XXXL

42

18

109-111

91-93

119-121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring for Top Size ( Women) 
  1. Measure your bust. To do this, wrap tape around your back and over the fullest part of your bust. Exhale when taking this measurement.
  2. Measure your waist. To do this, wrap tape around the smallest part of your waist, below your ribs and above your navel.
  3. Measure your hips. To do this, wrap tape around the fullest part of your hips, ensuring that tape touches your hipbone on both sides of the top of your leg, but not your buttocks.
  4. Compare measurements to relevant size chart to find your size. Tip: if your measurements fall between two sizes, it is always a good idea to go for the larger size.

SA Size

SA Size

SA Size

Bust (cm)

Waist (cm)

Hips (cm)

XXS

28

4

74-76

56-58

84-86

XS

30

6

79-81

61-63

89-91

S

32

8

84-86

66-68

94-96

M

34

10

89-91

71-73

99-101

L

36

12

94-96

76-78

104-106

XL

38

14

99-101

81-83

109-111

XXL

40

16

104-106

86-88

114-116

XXXL

42

18

109-111

91-93

119-121

Measuring for Trouser Size ( Men and Women) 
  1. Use a standard, up-stretched tape measure.
  2. Use a pair of pants that fit you well.
  3. Lay pants flat on the floor to simplify the measuring process. Pants should not be too worn and should not have any irregularities such as creases or folds, as this may affect the accuracy of your measurements.
  4. Measure the waist of your pants. To do this, smooth the pants out without stretching, and measure flat across the back waistband from one corner to the other with your measuring tape.
  5. Double the measurements obtained from measuring the waistband. This will give you the actual waist size.
  6. Next, you will need to measure the hips of your pants. To do this, measure horizontally across your pants, at the base of the zipper.
  7. Once you’ve measured this, double the number to get the entire measurement.

SA Size

SA Size

SA Size

Bust (cm)

Waist (cm)

Hips (cm)

XXS

28

4

74-76

56-58

84-86

XS

30

6

79-81

61-63

89-91

S

32

8

84-86

66-68

94-96

M

34

10

89-91

71-73

99-101

L

36

12

94-96

76-78

104-106

XL

38

14

99-101

81-83

109-111

XXL

40

16

104-106

86-88

114-116

XXXL

42

18

109-111

91-93

119-121

Measuring for Jacket Size ( Men and Women) 
  1. Measure your bust. To do this, wrap tape around your back and over the fullest part of your bust. Exhale when taking this measurement.
  2. Measure your waist. To do this, wrap tape around the smallest part of your waist, below your ribs and above your navel.
  3. Measure your hips. To do this, wrap tape around the fullest part of your hips, ensuring that tape touches your hipbone on both sides of the top of your leg, but not your buttocks.
  4. Measure your shoulders. To do this, stand with your shoulders relaxed and your back straight. Locate your shoulder points, which are points marked by your acromion bones. Position the tape straight and horizontally from one shoulder point to the other and take these measurements.
  5. Lastly, measure your sleeve length. To do this, slightly bend elbow, then measure the distance from the bone at the base of the back of the neck to the end of the shoulder and down the arm, going around the elbow and ending at the prominent bone on the wrist.

SA Size

SA Size

SA Size

Bust (cm)

Waist (cm)

Hips (cm)

Shoulders (cm)

Sleeve (cm)

XXS

28

4

74-76

56-58

84-86

34-35

73

XS

30

6

79-81

61-63

89-91

36-37

75

S

32

8

84-86

66-68

94-96

38-39

77

M

34

10

89-91

71-73

99-101

40-41

78

L

36

12

94-96

76-78

104-106

42-43

80

XL

38

14

99-101

81-83

109-111

44-45

81

XXL

40

16

104-106

86-88

114-116

46-47

82

XXXL

42

18

109-111

91-93

119-121

48-49

83

 

INTERNATIONAL SIZE CONVERSION CHART (CLOTHING)

SA Size

SA Size

SA Size

UK Size

US Size

French

Italian

Australian

Denim

XXS

28

4

4

0

32

34

4

24

XS

30

6

6

2

34

38

6

24/25

S

32

8

8

4

36

40

8

26/27

M

34

10

10

6

38

42

10

28/29

L

36

12

12

8

40

44

12

30/31

XL

38

14

14

10

42

46

14

32/33

XXL

40

16

16

12

44

48

16

34/35

XXXL

42

18

18

14

46

50

18

36/37

INTERNATIONAL SIZE CONVERSION CHART (FOOTWEAR)

SA Size

UK Size

US Size

European Size

3

3

6

36

4

4

7

37

5

5

8

38

6

6

9

39

7

7

10

40

8

8

11

41

9

9

12

42

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