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March, 2013

Baseball Caps

In this week’s newsletter we are giving a massive 15% discount on our of a baseball caps, with over 250 different ones available in many different sizes and colours, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

Baseball caps are soft with a stiff peak at the front. The cap may be fitted to the wearer’s head but may also be adjustable with Velcro or elastic. In 1860, the Brooklyn Excelsior wore the earliest version of the baseball cap and by 1900, the Brooklyn Cap as it was then called, became popular. The peak, usually filled with rubber was designed to keep the sun of the players eyes and usually the team’s logo is placed on the front of the cap for easy recognition.

These days, everyone wears baseball caps; they’re useful for days out, hiking, or just pottering in the garden. So why not take advantage of our amazing discount and get one for yourself! Browse our range here.

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This Week’s Giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Result Unisex Trapper Hat, this week the prize is a Shugon Krakow ABS Flyer Suitcase.

The suitcase is stylish and modern, with a hard shell exterior and a polyester lining. It features a large internal compartment divided into two, a push button trolley handle system and carry handle. The suitcase is suitable as cabin luggage and is perfect for getaways or weekends away.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Our visit from Fred Finn

Yesterday we had a visit from Fred Finn, the Guinness World Records‘ Most Traveled Man. He first became aware of the accolade in 1983 when Concorde got in touch with him about the number of tickets he had been buying. He has traveled 15 million miles and has visited 139 countries, he was on the very first Concorde and the very last. He has met a few famous faces on Concorde such as Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.

The reason for him traveling was work at first, he held jobs at international licensing companies and traveled to broker deals in the days before email. He now spends his days in the Ukraine with his wife, where he enjoys the food, people and outdoor life.

He met with our director Ravi, and went to Leicester Airport for a photo shoot, the photos will be up soon on our Facebook page. Then he came back to the offices where he met with all the staff and had lunch and a tour of our building. He seemed like a really interesting man with lots of stories to tell and we hope to welcome him back soon.

Here’s what he had to say about our products: “I live in a very cold place, I use their socks, I found Universal Textiles and I’ve used their long socks for three years now. They’re warm, they wear well and they’re fantastic quality. When it’s cold, you need thermal underwear and Floso Underwear is a good product. I enjoy the product and it’s amazingly priced for the quality that it is. Absolutely fantastic.”

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Choosing an Apron

Many people, inspired by the current in-flux of cookery programs such as Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, have returned to their kitchens to start cooking up a storm. But of course, you have to look the part and that’s where our range of Aprons comes in.

Aprons can be worn be many people, anyone from housewives to nurses, even blacksmith and farriers, although these are most industrial aprons. The word apron was originally “a napron” and gradually got changed over time. The apron was originally used for anyone doing housework to protect their clothes from dust and soot, and is now viewed as a retro-chic fashion accessory.

Our range of Aprons can be used either around the house or at work. We have a variety of styles, lengths and colours. Browse our range here.

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This Week’s Giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a colour changing Umbrella, this week the prize is a Result Unisex Trapper Hat.

The trapper is ideal for keeping your head warm while the snow is still threatening. The hat is made from Acrylic with a Faux Fur Lining and an Aztec print on the outside. The hat covers your ears and protects them from biting cold winds and traps the heat the gets released from your head, keeping you nice and toasty.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Overalls in the Work Place

Overalls are a cheap and inexpensive way of protecting your clothes while you’re at work. Your job may involve coming into contact with grease, oil, or spillages and so it’s important to invest in a good quality overall. Many overalls are made with thick, hard wearing, durable cotton and so can last for a very long time, even when being worn every day for work.

Overalls can be traced back to 1792 as “overall trousers”, the word boilersuit, which is interchangeable with overalls did not come into usage until 1928 and was first used by the Sunday Express Newspaper. Boilersuits are so called because they were first worn by men maintaining coal-fired boilers. Boilersuits are similar to jumpsuits, but looser, they often have thick pockets for tools, bolts, screws etc.

Our workwear range includes many overalls, for different heights and sizes from companies such as Dickies, Panoply and UCC. Browse our range here.

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Men’s Socks – The Rules

There’s snow on the ground… yet again… and your feet are closest to it, so wrap them up! While there aren’t strict guidelines to follow, there are some rules when it comes to wrapping up your feet in a certain colour.

White socks are only for sport – While some people wear white socks for every occasions, white socks should really only be worn for sports. There’s nothing worse than seeing a well-dressed business man with two inches of white socks exposed between his trousers and his shoes. Even when wearing jeans, try to avoid white socks.

Formal shoes require formal socks – For any formal event, men’s normal thick black socks will simply not suffice. If you are wearing a pair of smart shoes, you should wear some thin cotton socks, which will not bunch over the top of the shoe like normal socks and allow your foot to sit more comfortably in the shoe.

Match socks to your trousers – Many people make the mistake of matching the colour of their socks to the colour of their shoes, but the trick is to actually match them to the colour of your trousers instead. If you’re wearing brown shoes, wear brown socks, and if in doubt, always go for a darker shade of sock than your trousers.
We have a wide range of socks to suit any occasion at a reasonable price. Browse our range here.

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This week’s Giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Quadra Duffle Bag, this week the prize is a unique colour changing umbrella.

The Umbrella we offer is a colour changing walking umbrella. When the item is dry, the lips are white but when it rains the lips turn red. The umbrella measures 91cm when closed, 100cm span when open and opens automatically.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go to our Facebook Page here and like the picture. (You may also have to like the page if you have not done so already) and the winner will be chosen at random next Friday. Good Luck!

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Choosing Baby Shoes

Babies shoes are very important. Babies feet are made up of very soft cartilage than doesn’t fully harden until they are 18 years old, and they can easily be pushed out of shape or damaged at quite a young age, so it’s really important they have the right shoes at a young age.

Babies do not really need shoes until they are walking and up until that point, booties or socks will suffice. When you baby has been walking for about six weeks, then it’s time to think about shoes. They can seem like a big expense when your baby grows out of them so quickly, and it’s important to get them measured every six to eight weeks.

When choosing your first pair of shoes, pick some lightweight and flexible with non slip soles and adjustable fastenings. View our range of baby shoes here for low cost, high quality shoes.

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The visit from our MP…

On Friday we received a visit from our local MP Stephen Dorrell, the conservative MP for Charnwood in North Leicestershire. The day was fantastic, Stephen arrived, was introduced to all the members of our team and then given a tour of the warehouse and offices, with Ravi, our director.

He then shared a lunch with all of our team, himself and the PR company who were helping to organise the day. He answered our questions. When asked why he became an MP, his response was “youthful indiscretion” which made us all laugh and relaxed the atmosphere. Mukesh, the buyer at Universal Textiles, asked him why he chose to visit our company, he said he had an interest in local business and it was important to see how growing business developed in the modern economic climate.

After lunch, he left after shaking everyone’s hand. He seemed genuinely interested in what everyone had to say and how the company worked. It was good to meet him and hopefully he will come back and visit us again.

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