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If you’re reading this message, congratulations, you’ve made it through the Easter half term. But if entertaining your family for the past two weeks kept you far too busy to plan ahead for the new school term, fear not! We’ve gathered together some of the latest and greatest deals from our range of excellent value children’s clothing and accessories, with discounts of up to 41% applied to certain items. Happy shopping!
If there’s one thing that any parent will tell you, it’s that kids grow out of shoes almost as soon as they’re bought for them. With that in mind, these Mirak School Shoes are perfect for the new term ahead. Available in both boys and girls styles, their sturdy build and smart black finish make them the ideal footwear choice for kids as they take to the playground. Shoes for P.E. are sorted too, with these Mirak Unisex Plimsolls boasting elasticated gussets and a simple slip-on design for easy on-off access.
If you’re looking for an outer layer that’s perfect for adding warmth but also easy to adjust when conditions improve, this Jerzees Schoolgear Childrens Fleece Cardigan is the ideal solution. Available in a variety of colours including smart and school-friendly black, the button-down design makes it easy to pair with any school or polo shirt, perfect for slipping on as they head outside at lunchtime.
With warmer weather on the horizon, summertime school-wear will soon be a must. This Just Cool Unisex Kids Plain Polo Shirt is made with innovative Neoteric fabric, designed to wick away sweat from the body for easy evaporation, making it the ideal choice to keep kids cool in school throughout the warmer months.
A durable rucksack is essential for keeping your kids belongings safe both to and from school and throughout the school-day itself. Available in a wide variety of colours, this Beechfield Junior Backpack is the perfect choice, and with 14 litres of storage space, there’s room for everything they need to get them through the day. Those looking for something to safely hold onto P.E. supplies are also in luck, with this Shugon Drawstring Tote Bag currently available for just £1.24 in our current sale.
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For most people taking a trip to the coast, a super-sized beach towel and a simple pair of board shorts are all that’s needed to relax on the shore and take a paddle in the often-icy British ocean. But for those that take their aquatic activities a little more seriously, clothing and equipment has to provide divers and surfers with the comfort and warmth they need in order to take to the water whatever the weather, all year-round.
The wetsuit as we now know it was first born in 1952 from the mind of physicist Hugh Bradner, whose job at the University of California required him to partake in several underwater dives. Having experienced first-hand the difficulty that humans had at staying warm in water for extended periods of time, Bradner soon set about looking for a solution, one which he found in the form of Neoprane.
Following experiments with the rubbery material in the basement of his family home, Bradner soon determined that Neoprane was able to trap water between the body and the material, with the liquid then being warmed by the wearer’s body heat and kept at a comfortable temperature. What was more, as the wearer swam, fresh, cold water was largely prevented from permeating the material, with the suit already being ‘full’ of the warmed liquid.
It was these two discoveries that revolutionised the way in which anyone with an interest in water-sports or diving takes to the waves today, and since the 1950s the technology has been improved and enhanced to keep swimmers warmer for longer. Today’s wetsuits are equipped with an even greater ability to lock water out, with fabric flaps and even rubber glue guns being used to seal off seams and zip-locks that would otherwise let water seep in.
What’s more, some of today’s designs blend the core Neoprane build with a variety of additional fabrics, such as Spandex and even Merino Wool, which help to enhance a suit’s ability to hold onto heat and mould closer to your body. A selection of different shapes and styles are also now widely available, with some ‘shorty’ wetsuits opting to leave lower arms and legs exposed and other designs coming with detachable limb and head sleeves to offer additional protection as required.
With wetsuits now available in such an expansive variety of different shapes, sizes and material widths, there’s a model that’s ideal for practically any temperature. So if you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge but feared a less than warm welcome, a close-fitting wetsuit might be the key to getting into you into a new and exciting hobby this summer, and staying warm in the process!
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From runners and athletes to busy workers under pressure; the problem of sweaty feet has plagued many over the years. It’s an oft forgotten fact that sweating is actually one of the ways in which our bodies cool down, and with 500,000 sweat glands housed in each pair, the average human foot produces around half a pint of sweat a day. But whilst perspiration in itself may be little more than an uncomfortable irritation, excess sweating can lead to a whole host of ailments including athletes foot and a variety of fungal infections, conditions which can sometimes require medical attention.
But what causes sweat? Although simple over-heating is the most obvious answer, there are many factors which can influence how much we perspire. Physical stress placed upon the body during exercise certainly makes an impact, but emotional stress can also bring about a similar reaction, with teenagers and pregnant women thought to be particularly susceptible on account of their often-unpredictable hormone fluctuations. Beyond this, Some people are thought to simply inherit the condition, with other experts pointing to diet and toxin levels as additional sources of the problem.
So what can be done? Whilst many have attempted to combat the problem, few have done as much as French company Glagla. Marketed as ‘The Lightweight Ventilated Shoe’, the Glagla footwear range does exactly what it claims to, offering feet a fresh supply of air through a combination of traditional mesh panels and innovative design mechanisms.
The bulk of the Glagla collection achieves this superior air circulation through a series of vent slots, carefully moulded into the sole of each shoe. With two on the heel, three across the ball and one in the centre, the slots are designed to draw in air as you move, pushing it throughout the interior of the shoe and out again as you step down. Through this patented system, Glagla shoes claim that they can keep your feet on average 6 degrees cooler than a standard shoe would, and discharge twice as much moisture from inside the shoe in the process.
With a product range that covers clogs, trainers and sports shoes for men, women and children, Glagla are the perfect choice for people looking to beat sweat whether it’s at work, at home or at the gym. What’s more, Glagla shoes are safe and easy to wash in your home washing machine, making them the perfect choice for people who want to keep both their shoes and their feet as clean and fresh as possible.
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Whether it’s to mark the end of a long, hard winter, the onset of Crème Egg season or for its special religious significance, Easter is a great time for a spring celebration. But if you or your loved ones are trying to curb your chocolate intake this year, we at Universal Textiles have a whole host of non-edible gift ideas that will make perfect Easter presents. Check out our Easter gift guide below!
Pastel shades are perfect for venturing out into the springtime sunshine, and whether you or your loved ones are hitting the golf course or heading out for a leisurely country walk, this B&C Short Sleeve Polo Shirt is the ideal choice for mens and womens casual wear this Easter. Available in soft shades of blue, green, yellow, pink and many more, it’s a great way to usher in the warmer weather and feel the sun on your skin this bank holiday.
Nothing quite says Easter like the arrival of baby animals to our farms and fields nationwide. But if welcoming the real thing into your home doesn’t appeal to you, why not opt instead for the Mumbles Lamb Baby Comforter? A perfect Easter gift for new parents, this soft fabric blanket is sure to bring a smile to the faces of your younger friends and family with its lovable cuddly design.
With this year’s spring-time weather still proving to be rather unpredictable, this Henbury Lambswool Sweater is the perfect choice for keeping any unexpected windy spells at bay. Renowned for it’s soft, comforting build and stylish finish, the 100% lambswool design (available in mens and womens sizes) carries a 9 gauge knit and a Woolmark accreditation, ensuring quality with each purchase.
Another furry friend that’s come to be synonymous with our yearly Easter celebrations is the bunny rabbit. With that in mind, this Mumbles Rabbit Soft Toy is another ideal gift for those with a soft spot for all things cute and cuddly. Whilst we can’t guarantee that he’ll deliver you any eggs, it might just draw the real Easter Bunny a little closer to your door.
These Girls Rabbit Slippers are another great way to celebrate the season and raise a few smiles along the way. These comfy indoor shoes are a sure to sooth tired feet after your little ones return from their half term adventures, and with a cute rabbit design, they’re an excellent choice for a fun, kid-friendly gift this Easter.
For further gift inspiration, be sure to check out Universal-textiles.com.
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When it comes to working out, most of us can admit that we need all the help we can get. With our modern-day lifestyles growing ever more hectic, it can be hard to make time to hit the gym or slide into our running gear for a jog around the block, particularly when the outcome leaves you tired, sore and soggy with sweat. But are you wearing the right thing? Many of us jump at the chance to try the latest superstar diets and flock to whatever workout class is suddenly in fashion, but when it comes to effective exercise, your wardrobe choices play a bigger part than you might think.
Perhaps one of the most off-putting aspects of exercise is the sweat factor. Whether or not you buy into the old adage of ‘If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right’, perspiration is a natural part of the workout process, and even though it may be tough to prevent it, innovations such as Adidas’ Climacool technology can help to minimise its lasting impact.
Made from a combination of warmth and moisture management materials, the Adidas Climacool sportswear range is designed to move heat and sweat away from the body through ventilation channels built into its three-dimensional fabric. These channels allow air to reach the skin, instead of locking it beneath a wall of dense material that acts as a perspiration prison, thus allowing moisture to evaporate and escape instead of lingering on your body.
But how did they come up with it? The first step was to use sophisticated infrared cameras to generate thermal body maps of athletes in action. These were analysed and used to identify the key spots where sweat formed during a particular exercise. From there, the Adidas team were able to design ways of ensuring that fresh air reached the problem areas.
For those that want an even more comprehensive cooling experience, Adidas just last month launched an enhanced range called Climachill. The new collection features strategically-placed aluminium cooling spheres sewn into the fabric, providing an instant cooling sensation and drawing heat further from the body.
Perhaps most importantly, Adidas have been quick to acknowledge that our bodies react differently to different sports. To this end, the Adidas Climacool range covers everything from golf and running gear to rugby and football kits, ensuring that whatever you take on, you’re guaranteed protection that is designed with you in mind.
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As any child between the age of five and fifteen will tell you, the half-term break is fast approaching. Yes, you may have only just recovered from Christmas, but next week they’ll spill out of the school-gates and be ready to run wild once again. Here are our top buys to ensure your little ones make the most of their time off.
Although a seaside paddle may still be a few months off, a day out at the local pool is sure to entertain your brood (and hopefully wear them out nicely too!). With an elasticated, drawstring waist and in a choice of three colours, these Cargo Bay Boys Hawaiian Print Swimming Shorts are perfect for young swimmers looking to take to the water, and this vibrant Heart Prink Halterneck Swimming Costume is ideal for girls who want to stand out from the crowd.
Whilst spring may (finally) be rearing its head, there’s no guarantee that Mother Nature’s going to give us an easy ride as we slide into summer. So, whilst you’re planning your next big adventure, slip these B&C Sirocco Lightweight Jackets into their backpacks. Designed with the K-Way system, they’re easy to fold into the small pouch attached to the jacket, making it the perfect answer to an unexpected rain shower. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.
Whatever your kids are passionate about, half-term is the perfect time to indulge their interests. If you’ve got a budding baker in the family, brighten up the kitchen (and protect their clothes!) with the Premier Kids Bib Apron. For the sportier youngster, these Lotto Spider Football Boots are sure to go down a treat, with a Velcro fastener and six removable studs making them ideal for the pitch. If your little ones are more interested in ballet than the ball, these Full Foot Silky Dance Tights will ensure they’re ready to take to the stage.
If the idea of entertaining your kids for a whole two weeks has already got you biting your nails then there’s no sense in waiting until half-term winds down to buy your back-to-school supplies. With a stylish black finish and Velcro straps for security, these Mirak school shoes are perfect for their return to the playground, and in both boys and girls styles there’s something for everyone. P.E. supplies are also sorted thanks to this kids Unisex Sport Polo Shirt and these Shadow Stripe Sports Shorts, and this smart Quadra Kids Backpack is perfect for keeping their belongings safe and sound during the hustle and bustle of the school run.
Be sure check out Universal Textiles’ full children’s range for further inspiration!
Here at Universal Textiles we love a good bargain, and that includes the ones we offer to our customers! This week marks the start of the B&C sale, with sizable price cuts applied to the brand’s full range. Take a look at our choice picks below!
First up we have the B&C Childrens Sirocco Lightweight Jacket. Just in time for half term, this piece boasts a double-slider zip system and comes in a choice of six colours including green, yellow and royal blue. The jacket also incorporates the K-Way system, allowing it to fold into a small pouch when not needed. With this ultra-portable approach and 24% shaved off the original price-tag, it’s the perfect way to keep your little ones dry this Easter.
Don’t let the April showers fool you, summer is on the Horizon. If you’re searching for a casual, lightweight garment to keep you cool throughout the warmer months, look no further than the B&C Ladies Patti Tank Top Vest. Bringing together a wide crew-neck collar and double-stitched arm-holes, this 100% cotton piece will ensure that you feel the sun on your skin whether you’re at home or abroad, and at just £4.24 you can shop guilt-free!
The B&C Mens Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt is perfect for the office worker looking to stay sharp this Spring-time. Made of high quality Oxford fabric with an Easy Care finish, this piece offers a sleek, button-down collar and comes in a choice of five colours, including Blue Chip and Silver Moon. With 23% knocked off the original price, it’s a stylish purchase at an affordable price for any formal occasion.
The B&C Real+ Thermo-Isolated Jacket is a must-have for those who don’t let the weather stop them from getting out and about. Available in both mens and womens sizes and in a selection of six colours, the Jacket offers protection from the elements with its waterproof and windproof build, as well as its warm quilt padding and a concealed drawstring hood. With almost a quarter of the original price slashed, it’s essential for any outdoor adventurer at £29.24.
Click here to see the full range of items in the B&C sale, happy shopping!