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April Shower Solutions: Our Top Picks For Coats & Umbrellas

Summer may seem as though it’s just around the corner, but as this week’s weather has proven, it’s all too easy to get caught in a sudden April shower. If you’re looking for something to fend off an unexpected cloudburst without weighing you down, we at Universal Textiles have a variety of transitional jackets and umbrellas to keep warm and dry until the summer months arrive. Take a look at our top April shower solutions below!

Whilst a sunny spring day may signal the approach of warmer weather, slipping on your shorts and t-shirt too soon may leave you more soggy than sunkissed. This Brave Soul Survivor Transitional Jacket is perfect for unpredictable conditions, combining a comfortable, lightweight build with a special showerproof finish, ensuring that rain is kept at bay without bringing you out in a sweat. For women, this Brave Soul Rave Jacket brings together fashion and functionality, coupling equally effective showerproofing with an eye-catching floral pattern.

For those seeking something even more convenient, this SOLS Shore Packaway Windbreaker Jacket offers water resistant and windproof protection in a design that folds neatly away into the jacket’s front right pocket. Younger customers are also well catered for, with our Boys and Girls Packaway Jackets being the perfect choice for parents looking to keep kids dry on the way to school or during trips out.

Though somewhat unwieldy in windy conditions, a quality umbrella can prove to be an invaluable tool when faced with an unforeseen downpour. Available in London and New York designs, this stylish Compact Close Cityscape Umbrella is the perfect choice for those looking to stay dry whilst on the move, and this Kimood Auto Open Walking Umbrella is a smart, sleek choice for sheltering two people from the elements.

Check out Universal-Textiles.com to see our full range of coats, jackets and umbrellas for men, women and children. Happy shopping!

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Celebrate The 2014 Open With Universal Textiles!

Today marks the start of the 143rd Open Championship, with talented golfers from around the globe gathering together to battle it out for the coveted trophy and a special cash prize. To celebrate, we’ve selected our favourite golfing items from our range of clothing and home textiles, with everything available at fantastic prices. Happy shopping!

Although golfers may favour a warm, sunny day for taking to the field, keeping harsh sunlight at bay is still a top priority, especially when one precise shot can make or break your chances in a game. With that in mind, this Beechfield Pro-Style Baseball Cap is ideal for shielding eyes from the summer sun, with a Coolmax sweatband and a sturdy curved peak helping to keep players eyes on the ball.streaming film

Whether you’re shopping for the golf fanatic in your life or simply looking to treat yourself, this Nike Golf Starter Gift Bag is the perfect choice. Boasting a towel, two golf balls, a repair tool and four tees, it has everything you need to get a game going, and with everything bearing the instantly recognisable Nike hallmark, quality is guaranteed.

A good golfer is always prepared for bad weather, and with this Adidas Golf Umbrella there’s no reason to let a rain shower scare you off the field. With a 60 inch canopy and a vented interior to help resist windy weather, it’s the perfect way to keep dry when conditions take a turn for the worst.

Next week subscribers to the Universal Textiles newsletter can look forward to an extra 15% off some of our top golfing items, with polo shirts, sport socks, golf bags and gift sets all at great prices, so be sure to click here and register today!

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Find The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day

As your mum will no doubt have tried to subtly tell you, this Sunday marks the return of Mother’s Day. If the idea of the search for the perfect present is already leaving you weary, take a look at our very own gift guide for Mothering Sunday 2014.

With warmer weather hopefully on the horizon, make sure your mum is ready for summer with our range of strappy maxi dresses. Available in sizes 8 to 22, this Feather Print Maxi Dress comes in a choice of two vibrant colours, and the lightweight, 100% cotton design is perfect for warm weather at home or abroad.

With full waterproofing and an easy pull-on design, the Cotswold PVC Long Wellington will ensure that your mum is prepared for whatever the British summer throws at us, and with a range of styles ranging from floral to leopard print, she’ll always be sure to stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to the difficult job of present hunting, appealing to your mum’s softer side rarely fails. With his fluffy brown fur and friendly face, our Mumbles Bracken Plush Teddy Bear will be no exception. Made of soft fabric and with a bean-stuffed interior, Bracken is available in small, medium and large sizes.

With its colourful, dotted design, this Ladies Walking Umbrella will appeal to the mum who takes accessorizing seriously. Available in pink, purple, and black, the 97cm span will keep your mum safe and dry through many an April shower.

This Heart Print Sweater is another great way to show your mum you care. In a choice of black with red or cream with pink, this knitted, square neck pullover offers both style and comfort with its contrast pattern and soft material, and is available in small, medium and large sizes.

This lightweight, Spot Design Scarf is perfect for long walks through the countryside during the summer months, and in a range of six colours including black, fuchsia and pink, there’s a style to suit every outfit.

If your mum is the type to put comfort first, our range of women’s dressing gowns are sure to bring a smile to her face. The Spot Print Supersoft Dressing Gown offers warmth for wearers looking to relax in bed or around the home, and the fleece rope belt will ensure that your mum stays cosy all through the year.

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Extra Discounts on Umbrellas this Week

As the weather appears to have taken a turn for the worse, you might find yourself in need of an Umbrella. With over 70 different styles to choose from, make sure you head over to our website for all your brolly needs.

We’ve got Golf Umbrellas, like this , available in Black and Red and light enough to carry with you whilst playing. There’s also the , designed for ultimate wind resistance and great for walking.

We also supply a range of children’s umbrellas; this is easy to carry and comes in three different designs. Choose from a Cat, shadowsocks Super Hero or a Princess.  Similar to our children can pick from a Frog, Panda, Ladybird or a Goldfish, all with novelty pop up ears.

Our Ladies collection includes this (two styles) perfect for staying dry on rainy nights out. For extra water resistance why not try one of our Dome Umbrellas, this Transparent is an excellent shield from the elements and will brighten up most dull days.

Perhaps you’re planning a winter wedding, if so, stay dry with our traditional and versatile enough to blend in with proceedings.

This week subscribers to the Universal Textiles newsletter will receive an extra 15% off all of our Umbrellas.watch full film Atomic Blonde

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Choosing Umbrellas

With the British summer now adopting its usual unpredictable form, you may have found yourself caught in the rain more than once in recent times. Here at Universal Textiles we’re prepared for whatever the summer has to throw at us, which is why we have a brilliant range of Umbrellas available for you. With newsletter subscribers receiving an extra 15% off all our Umbrellas from Monday, now is the time to prepare yourself for the summer showers! Here we take a look at just a few on offer.

First up is this Black Walking Umbrella. With a stylish wooden handle, this automatic Umbrella is made from premium pongee fabric. It has a span of 110cm, making it ideal for sheltering you from the rain as well as offering some respite from the sun if we experience another heatwave!

If the style of the previous Umbrella appeals to you, but you are looking for something a little more feminine, this Ladies Panel Walking Umbrella would be perfect. Made from the same high quality fabric, the umbrella is adorned with panelling in four shades of pink or blue, depending on your preference.

Next, an Umbrella which is particularly apt for the British summer. The Small Union Jack Umbrella is perfect for popping in your handbag or rucksack, meaning you’ll be prepared for any unexpected turns in the weather. It ties up and has a retractable handle which makes it lightweight and easy to transport.

Another mini umbrella that has proved popular with our customers is the Ladies Animal Print Supermini Umbrella. This stylish and compact design offers all the benefits of a compact umbrella and comes with its own cover.

Next, an Umbrella well suited to the summer months. The Ladies Wedding Umbrella looks almost more fitting sheltering one from the sun as it does the rain. The cream Umbrella with its frill trim and white handle cuts a striking and elegant design, making it perfect for more than just weddings.

We also stock a great range of Children’s Umbrellas, which will keep them dry and entertained. The Kids Fun Design Pop-Up Umbrella is a bestseller throughout the year. The three unique designs are adorned with a cat, superhero and princess, with ears and a crown above their respective Umbrellas. They’re lightweight and have a span of 70cm making them easy for your child to carry.

Lastly, the Kids Animal Design Umbrella comes in an even greater variety of designs. From a duck with an extending beak to a crocodile with external scales, these novelty and durable Umbrellas will entertain for quite some time.

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This week’s giveaway!

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured Ladies Speedo Swimwear, this week the prize is a Quadra Golf Umbrella.

This is a great quality umbrella, with a wind resistant frame and shaft, anti-lightning fibreglass frame. It has also has a rubber golf grip handle and a solid black canvas. It measures 133cm in diameter and looks great.
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 Ladies Umbrellas


The weather may be changing for the better at long last but there are still a few showers threatening to ruin your hair! That’s why you need a new umbrella!

The word umbrella derives from the Latin “umbra” which means shadow and ancient forms including palm leaves, but these days there are many to choose from and they come in a myriad of colour and designs.


Classic umbrellas, the typical style, offer a big canopy to shelter from the rain and are strong and sturdy. They feature a U shaped handle for comfort and are usually made from plastic or canvas.
Compact umbrellas are more light and portable than traditional umbrellas and perfect for popping into a handbag. Although they may not be as strong as traditional umbrellas they have the advantage of being light and still keeping the rain out of your hair.

Bubble umbrellas are clear semi-circled shaped, mostly in clear plastic or vinyl and can feature a quirky design. These are popular with children as they can also feature characters from their favourite TV show or film. Bubble umbrellas have the advantage that they tend to cover your shoulders offering you even more protection.

Browse our range of umbrellas here and find the right style for you.

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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 An Umbrella

There is one essential that everyone should have in their car or handbag or by their front door… an umbrella. Due to the unpredictable English weather you never know when you might be caught short in a rain shower so having an umbrella to hand means you can keep dry when you’re out and about. The word umbrella derives from the Latin “umbra” which means shadow and ancient forms including palm leaves, but these days there are many to choose from and they come in a myriad of colour and designs.


Classic umbrellas, the typical style, offer a big canopy to shelter from the rain and are strong and sturdy. They feature a U shaped handle for comfort and are usually made from plastic or canvas.
Compact umbrellas are more light and portable than traditional umbrellas and perfect for popping into a handbag. Although they may not be as strong as traditional umbrellas they have the advantage of being light and still keeping the rain out of your hair.

Bubble umbrellas are clear semi-circled shaped, mostly in clear plastic or vinyl and can feature a quirky design. These are popular with children as they can also feature characters from their favourite TV show or film. Bubble umbrellas have the advantage that they tend to cover your shoulders offering you even more protection.

Browse our range of umbrellas here and find the right style for you.

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The Benefits of a Transparent Umbrella

When winter days are with us and it is rainy and cold, it is often hard to use an umbrella. This is where transparent dome umbrellas come into their own.  A standard umbrella can take up too much room and can cause a hazard for others who are walking along the pavement.  In addition, they cannot be carried too low otherwise the user would not be able to see, particularly on darker days.

The transparent dome umbrellas can solve many of these problems.  Because they are a dome shape, they are easier to use when the weather is windy and they can be used to protect the head of the user much better from the rain as they sit neatly over the head.  Each has a coloured trim on it so that the edge can be easily seen.  The dome umbrella will have a length of 31.5 inches from top to bottom and a width of 30 inches when it is open, so it can fit over the head and shoulders of the user.  The design of the transparent umbrella is very durable and when looked after properly, they should last for several years.

A number of dome umbrellas have a pattern on them but they are generally clear for visibility purposes and the user is still able to see through them.  When the weather becomes windy, most people will abandon an umbrella altogether, but this will leave them wet and cold as a result.

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