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With 2015 finally here and Christmas but a distant memory, the time to be making New Year’s Resolutions is officially upon us. Whether you stuck to the promises you made back in January 2014 or not, now is the perfect time of year to rest, recharge and reflect upon the months to come, and if the first wish on your list is to get back into shape following the annual festive blowout, Universal Textiles has everything you need to kick start your journey to a new you this new year. Take a look at our top picks for New Year’s fitness below!
Signing up with the local gym is the end result of many a New Year’s resolution, and with a variety of machines in place to tone and train different areas of the body, it’s a great way to get an all-over workout. This Mens Gildan Performance Vest is a great choice for those looking to keep cool whilst working out, with its sleeveless build and special moisture-wicking fabric helping to move sweat and excess heat away from the body. For women, this Spiro Performance T-Shirt is another great choice, with its quick-dry polyester build helping you to avoid excess perspiration.
Combining effective, aerobic exercise with relaxing, therapeutic motion, swimming is a great way to get fit, with around 3 million of us in the UK making a splash on a weekly basis. These Mens Aqua Sphere Montreal Jammer Shorts are the perfect way to get a streamlined swim, with their chlorine resistant build and breathable, high stretch fabric allowing you to exercise in comfort. For women, this Aqua Sphere Rachel Swimming Costume offers similar benefits, with a supportive bra-style back and UV protectant build helping you to get the most out of your swim.
Going for a regular run can be a great alternative for those looking to take care of their body without hitting the gym, allowing you to avoid costly monthly fees. A sturdy and supportive pair of shoes like these Hi-Tec Ladies Covent Garden Trainers is a must however, with their glass fibre stability shank and waterproof leather upper helping to keep feet safe and dry whilst you’re on the move. For men, these Skechers Flex Advantage Trainers boast a memory foam insole and a shock absorbing midsole to keep feet both comfortable and stable, with built-in mesh fabric panels to allow effective ventilation.
Be sure to check out our full range of sports and fitness gear at Universal-Textiles.com, with athletic clothes and accessories for men, women and children all available at great prices!
Happy New Year from everyone at Universal Textiles!
When it comes to shopping for essential winter garments, gloves, hats and scarves are the three cold-weather staples that many of us pick up without fail. Whilst warm jackets and winter coats also make regular annual appearances, the benefits of swapping your summer shoes for something a little sturdier can’t be overstated. We’ve gathered together our top picks for winter footwear below, ensuring that your family’s feet stay warm and dry through the colder months. Happy shopping!
Whether you’re out for a woodland walk or stomping through snow, there’s no reason to let unpredictable winter weather keep you locked up indoors. With a waterproof build and a cushioned inner lining, these Mens Skechers Rawling-Dorson Boots can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter, with built-in Thinsulate thermal technology and a breathable inner membrane helping to keep your feet warm whilst allowing effective ventilation.
For women, these Stormwells Lace Front Winter Boots are a durable option that offers similar benefits, combining thermal insulation with a sturdy, longer-length build that’s sure to lock in warmth for longer. With a secure, lace-up front and made with special water-resisting materials, it’s a smart choice for those looking to get out and about this winter. These Hi-Tec Ladies St. Moritz Boots are also a smart choice for those looking to take on difficult winter terrain, with a rugged rubber outsole and cushioned CMEVA midsole offering security and comfort for active feet.
Available in both boys and girls designs, these Stormwells Childrens Boots are perfect for protecting your little one’s feet through winter and beyond, with their faux fur thermal lining and special tie top ensuring that their feet are kept safe and warm whilst outside. If your child likes to get out and about whatever the weather, these Dikimar JNR Wellington Boots are another smart choice, with their solid, waterproof build and sturdy nitrile sole unit making them the ideal option for kids who love the great outdoors.
Christmas jumpers are a seasonal fashion trend that has really taken off in recent years, with a host of big-name high street retailers now putting their own festive spin on the humble knitted jumper. Whether you’re looking to entertain those in the office or shopping for a design to raise a smile around the dinner table on Christmas Day, we have a range of styles and designs to suit everyone. Check out our top picks for Christmas jumpers below!
Our Christmas Shop 3D jumpers are perfect for those looking to spread Christmas cheer over the festive period, with our Santa, Snowman, Rudolph and Elf designs all made from quality knitted acrylic, and with their special 3D detail incorporating bells, pom-poms and buttons to help bring each character to life. Available in a choice of 5 sizes and with a specially crafted unisex build, it’s a great choice for those looking to dress to impress this Christmas.
This Knitted Elf Christmas Jumper is another great choice for shoppers looking for a sweater with a humorous novelty design, with its clever knitted detail turning you into Santa’s Little Helper. Available in both mens and womens sizes, it’s perfect for the office party, and why not try pairing it with this Christmas Shop Elf Hat to complete the festive look?
For those seeking something with a more traditional feel, this Mens Knitted Reindeer Duo Christmas Jumper is the ideal choice, with its classic Fairisle pattern and reindeer design making it a simple but effective option for those looking to get into the festive spirit. For women, this Brave Soul Snowflake Christmas Jumper makes for an elegant option, with its metallic fibre detail adding an eye-catching glint, and its soft faux fur build also offering the wearer soft-touch comfort and effective warmth.
Click here to see our full range of Christmas products, with slippers, hats, socks and much more on offer! Merry Christmas from everyone at Universal Textiles!
When it comes to winter gloves, thicker is no longer better. New technologies in smart fabrics have paved the way for lightweight, thin gloves that provide maximum protection against the cold. One such smart fabric is Thinsulate, developed by 3M. The promise is this: Stay warm and cosy without the bulk.
Winter gloves made using Thinsulate are essentially equipped with high-tech microfibres (very fine fibres) that are designed to trap air molecules between your hands and the outside cold. The more air is trapped in a space‚ the better it can insulate you from the chilly air outside. Thinsulate’s extremely fine fibres—which are much finer than what is currently used in natural and synthetic insulation materials—traps much more air in much less space. This makes it a better insulator.
The best thing about Thinsulate winter gloves is that they provide warmth without the usual bulk. They also tend to be affordable, as Thinsulate itself is a low-cost material (definitely much less expensive than down, but just as effective).
Thinsulate winter gloves are breathable and moisture-resistant. Best of all, they are low-maintenance. You can wash them in the machine or have them dry cleaned without destroying their fibres.
Different manufacturers of winter gloves do not use Thinsulate in their products. Some manufacturers have been able to incorporate extra features, including anti-odour, stretch recovery, and even flame resistance. You can find a wide range of Thinsulate winter gloves online at great prices.
Thinsulate is not only used in gloves, but also in jackets, boots, and many other applications. It is even used for home construction, bedding, and in drapes. 3M is constantly investing in and developing the Thinsulate brand, so you can expect to see it being used in more parts of our daily lives—maybe even in the electronic and digital tools we depend on daily. In the meantime, you can readily enjoy the superior insulation benefits of Thinsulate winter gloves.
In order to choose good quality women’s thermal underwear, you need to understand the differences between the most common types available. They are available in a wide range of fabrics—including cotton, wool, fabric blends, and smart fabrics. You should also consider the weight as well as the usage specifications of the women’s thermals you want to buy.
Cotton women’s thermal underwear is perfectly fine for when you’re staying indoors and don’t intend to participate in cold weather sports, camping, or hiking. They provide extra warmth, but they do not wick moisture away and are therefore unsuitable for outdoor activities.
The next most common material used for women’s thermals is wool, which tends to be a bit more expensive but worth the money. Wool thermal underwear can provide you superior warmth while allowing moisture to escape, thereby keeping you dry. They are fantastic for staying in as well as doing light outdoor activities, like an easy hike.
If you intend to participate in high-action winter sports like skiing or snowboarding, consider buying thermal underwear made of special fabric blends—typically a mix of spandex, polyester, and wool. These types of women’s thermals offer superior warmth and moisture control, making them perfect for athletic activities. In addition, some manufacturers have incorporated their thermals with odour control technologies.
Aside from fabric, you should also look at weight when shopping for thermal underwear. Lightweight varieties are best for high-level activities but may not be the optimum choice for extreme cold. Heavy weight fabrics—often labelled ‘expedition’ weight in the active wear industry—are a great choice for extreme cold. For everyday use, mid-weight fabrics will do.
A lot of women’s thermal underwear these days have added performance features. For example, some thermal shirts have thumbholes so that the arm sleeves stay in place and don’t roll up under your sweater or jacket. The best thermal underwear for layering doesn’t have zippers or fasteners that may interfere with your outer layers.
Harsh winter weather can be tough on your hands, so shielding them with a pair of warm gloves can ensure that dry, chapped skin is a thing of the past. With a range of top quality designs for men, women and children, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep hands both big and small protected. Check out our top picks for winter gloves below!
Whether you’re hitting the slopes or heading out to build a snowman, these Mens Waterproof Thinsulate Ski Gloves will definitely keep the cold at bay, with a thermal barrier and fiberfill insulation helping to keep hands warm. Those looking for something a little more stylish should look no further than these FLOSO Leather Gloves, with their genuine sheepskin build and knitted cuff providing a sharp, chic look whilst offering effective warmth at the same time.
For women, these Ladies Plain Gloves With Bow make for an elegant choice, with their sleek, plain build complemented by the subtle wrist detail. With their traditional patterned design and soft, knitted build these Ladies Fairisle Winter Gloves make for another comfortable winter option, and the thermal build of these FLOSO Thinsulate Knitted Gloves are perfect for those seeking to lock heat in for longer.
Social media addicts are also well-catered for, with our range of touch screen gloves allowing people of all ages to stay connected whilst on the go this winter. With special metallic-fibre infused into their fingertips, these FLOSO Mens Touch Screen Magic Gloves are the perfect choice for any tech-savvy shopper, allowing full access to smartphones and tablets without the hassle of removing gloves. For women, these Ladies Touch Screen Gloves offer similar benefits, and even boast a special non-slip palm grip, perfect for keeping phones in place.
With their soft, high-stretch build, magic gloves are a great choice for growing kids. These Girls and Boys magic gloves come in a range of cute styles, with their patterned detail also offering added grip against slippery surfaces. These FLOSO Kids Hi Vis Thinsulate Gloves are also perfect for those looking for gloves with added thermal warmth, with their reflective Scotchlite banding helping to keep kids visible in dark and misty conditions.
To browse our full range of winter gloves and much, much more, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!
Your kids can bravely take on the snow with the right children’s winter gloves. Keep their hands toasty when the temperatures drop by shopping for gloves that blend style with function.
Children’s winter gloves come in a variety of colours, materials, fits, and styles, from cosy little mittens to thermal insulated gloves. It makes sense to buy multiple pairs every year or so, as kids tend to wear out and soil their gloves fast.
Your children will have no trouble building snowmen in gloves that protect their hands and allow complete mobility. Your job as a parent is to look for gloves with stretch. Those with articulated finger designs are ideal especially for older children, as it allows the fingers to move, grip, and bend easily. Does your child like to stay active during the winter, enjoying snow sports? Then gloves that are designed with grip palms for better traction are best.
The warmest winter gloves for freezing temperatures are constructed with three layers for maximum warmth. The gloves should have (1) an outer shell that is waterproof, (2) a great insulation layer, and a lining with moisture-management features. When it gets really cold, you want to make sure that your children’s gloves have elasticized wrists to keep the warmth in and the wind out. The elastic also ensures that their gloves stay on their hands as they play and go about their day.
Will you be taking your kids with you on a ski holiday? Then they need special gear. For added warmth in the snowy slopes, choose children’s gloves with waterproof outer shells (not just water-resistant, but waterproof). You should also choose ski gloves made with quick-drying fabrics. The best ski gloves are ergonomic, with a pre-curved fit that feel more natural on the hands.
With icy winds and dropping temperatures to contend with, tackling harsh Winter weather can be difficult, and along with hands, your head is the area of the body that feels the bite of the cold the most. It goes without saying that an appropriate hat should be a staple of everyone’s winter wardrobe, but if you’re still looking for the perfect design to keep you warm over the coming months, Universal Textiles has everything you need to keep the cold at bay without compromising on style. Check out our top picks for winter hats below!
For men, this Fairisle Pattern Bobble Hat boasts a brushed acrylic build, ensuring a super-soft feel that nicely compliments its traditional knitted look and stylish Fairisle design. Available in a choice of 2 colours, shoppers can even pick up a matching scarf for the perfect co-ordinated winter look! For those aiming to keep things simple, this Floso Winter Melange Hat offers top quality insulation courtesy of trusted thermal experts Thinsulate, and contains an internal fleece layer to lock in heat for longer.
We also stock a versatile range of hats and headbands for ladies, with a design to suit whatever style you’re searching for. With a built in water resistant and windproof membrane this Cable Knit Bobble Hat is a fashionable but practical choice, with a special Thinsulate thermal layer helping to keep the wearer warm. Those seeking something a little different should look no further than this Floso Thermal Trapper Hat, with its faux fur trim and bold purple colour ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.
Whether they’re into Teddy Bears or Monsters, Spongebob or Hello Kitty, we’re sure to stock a style that’ll keep your little ones happy and warm through Winter. Parents seeking a practical option will no doubt love this Yoko Unisex Winter Hat, offering effective Thinsulate thermal protection in a choice of eight vibrant colours, and this Hi-Vis Beanie Hat also boasts special Scotchlite banding, perfect for making sure they’re visible on the walk home from school on dark and misty evenings.
With the leaves already falling and just two weeks to go until we wind the clocks back an hour, it’s fair to say that Autumn is officially here. Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you our latest and greatest products to help keep you warm through the colder months, and with layering up on everyone’s mind as we advance into October, now is the perfect time to showcase our range of top quality fleeces!
Made with windproof polyester and with a special non-pilling build, this Regatta Mens Intercell Fleece Top is the perfect way to keep warm when the elements are against you. Available in a choice of six sizes and with a high zip collar to help lock in heat for longer, it’s a smart and stylish choice to help tackle dropping temperatures as we move ever closer towards winter.
For women, this Front Row Zip Neck Microfleece Top offers similar benefits, and also boasts a fitted cut for a feminine fit. For those wishing to be a little more adventurous, our range of Animal Design Fleece Jackets also make an eye-catching choice, with Husky Dog, Polar Bear, Panda and Stag designs all available, each with a full zip build and a classic high collar to help protect exposed necks from the cold.
Any parent knows that keeping kids warm through Winter is a top priority, and with this Jerzees Kids Unisex Fleece Top it’s never been easier. With six vibrant colours on offer there’s a shade to suit even the most difficult of little customers, and with a lined inner and zip neck collar it’s ideal for keeping the cold at bay, whether they’re heading to school or out with their friends.
To see our full range of fleece jackets be sure to visit Universal-Textiles.com!
Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby joined the Universal Textiles team at our Oswin Road, Braunstone warehouse last month to help launch our first outlet store, complete with its own Click & Collect service.
The outlet store not only offers a variety of clearance products from brands like Result and Fruit of the Loom at bargain prices but also allows customers to buy online and collect their purchases in person within 24 hours of their order being placed.
Customers can also reserve their items online and pay in store upon collection at a time that suits them best, with customers being notified by text and email when their item is ready. With a spacious changing room also available, customers can try items on in-store, and only pay when they’re completely satisfied with their order.
Whilst prices remain the same as those online, customers who click and collect save money as well as time by avoiding postage costs, with ample on-site customer parking making it easy to collect your order at your leisure.
Once the ribbon had been cut, Sir Peter was given a private tour of the new store, and got a chance to try out the company’s state of the art touch-screen ordering system, which allows customers to browse the full product range and place an order in-store.
Speaking about the experience Sir Peter said: “It is encouraging to see a textile and distribution company like Universal Textiles that has been in Leicester for three generations diversifying and growing. I was particularly impressed by the personal enthusiasm of Managing Director Ravi Karia and that of his staff, and their commitment to growing the business further.”
The opening of the outlet store follows a string of recent expansions for Universal Textiles, hot on the heels of our move from Syston to our more central Braunstone location in May, with the business requiring a larger warehouse to cope with an increased volume of orders.
With an ever-expanding workforce and a growing sales presence reaching throughout Europe, America and Japan, we are now excited to offer local people the same great value products that customers from around the world enjoy online.
Managing Director Ravi Karia said: “It was fantastic to have the Sir Peter with us and for him to show his support for the launch of our outlet store. Universal Textiles is a local business that’s just grown and grown, and this has easily been our biggest year yet.”
“Our click and collect service means that we can provide customers with a flexible shopping experience that works with them in mind. We’ve got 12,000 lines and 100,000 products on offer, so there really is something for everyone, and we hope that local people come down to see what we have on offer.”
To read more about both our Outlet Store and Click & Collect service please visit our website!