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Children’s Gloves – Must Have Winter Items for Protection Against Cold

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.

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Our Top Picks For Warm Winter Hats!

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.

To browse our full range of winter hats for men, women and children, please visit the Universal Textiles homepage!

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Layer Up! Fleece Jackets With Universal Textiles

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.green

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!

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Universal Textiles Launches Click & Collect Outlet Store!

 

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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 shopinsideonline 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.

mayorshopSpeaking 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!

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Thermal Clothing: What You Need To Know

Thermal clothing is the perfect way to keep extra warm throughout Autumn and Winter. They are also useful if you want to keep the cold out while playing winter sports or simply enjoying the outdoors. This is why you need to shop for high-quality thermal clothing. The next time you go shopping for winter thermals, keep these important tips in mind:

  • Check the materials. When it does to thermal wear, it’s all about the fabric. Low-quality thermal underwear does not wick your sweat away, leaving you feeling wet and cold. It’s a good idea to spend a little bit more money on “wicking” thermal clothes made of materials that easily spread out moisture. You want a thermal garment that moves sweat away from your skin and dries quickly. Look for thermal clothing that is made with lightweight and stretchable materials like spandex and polyester, so they easily balance moisture and temperature. Try to avoid polypropylene because it tends to retain odour and becomes stinky.
  • Fleece is fantastic and you can’t go wrong with it. It’s a tried and tested insulator, making it perfect if you spend a lot of time outdoors. It still performs even when wet, and it dries quickly because the material spreads the moisture out.
  • Layering is the key to staying warm. Invest on thermal sweaters, turtlenecks, pullovers, and vests. If you are outdoors a lot, you need an exterior layer that repels water from snow, rain, or sleet, and effectively blocks wind.
  • Protect your face, neck, head, and extremities. Did you know that 60% of your
    body heat escapes from your head? Preserve that heat by wearing a thick,
    insulating hat. A fleece neck gaiter or scarf is also recommended to cover your neck area. You also need insulated gloves and medium-weight or lightweight thermal socks.
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Preparing Your Little Ones For The Colder Weather

Whilst Summer may still technically be with us, it seems that the best of the warmer weather may well be over. When it comes to keeping kids warm through autumn and winter, it’s never too soon to start planning their cold weather wardrobe.

Infants and toddlers are small and unable to generate as much body heat as adults, making them vulnerable to the cold. Without proper insulation and warmth, they can get sick during the harsh winter. Protective and insulating clothing are crucial for babies. Apart from thermal clothes and underwear, they also need winter accessories like hats.

Around 60% of body heat escapes from our heads, making winter hats necessary for infants and toddlers. Winter hats are specially made with insulating materials that can prevent heat from escaping, thereby maintaining body heat. There are thermal beanies and wool bonnets for babies that are designed to fit snugly around the head of an infant or a toddler, yet are soft enough to be worn comfortably all day without causing irritation.  Sheepskin and cashmere are also ideal for warmth. If the baby is allergic to wool, materials like polyester fleece, cotton flannel, and winter hats that are made from thick, synthetic fibres are great alternatives.

The best winter hats for babies cover the ears. Chin straps are useful for keeping the hat in place, but is not always necessary. Check the outer fabric of the hat and make sure it is water or wind resistant. Go for a winter hat that is lined with bamboo, hemp, or cotton.

Does your baby have sensitive skin? Then some fabrics may be better than others. There are certain types of wool that may cause irritation, while fleece may cause static and may surprise your baby.

You may need a variety of different hats of various thickness for fall, winter, and spring. Lightweight hats with no or thin lining are best for fall and spring, while thicker hats are great for winter. It’s better to have back-up hats just in case you misplace or lose one.

Be sure to visit the Universal Textiles website to see our full range of baby clothing!

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Back To School Bargains!

With the nights already drawing in and the weather growing unpredictable, it seems that the best of the summer has been and gone. As any parent will undoubtedly tell you, this also means that children across the country will soon be returning to classroom captivity, and therefore now is the perfect time to stock up on everything they need to make it through the coming term in one piece. Check out our top picks for back to school below!

It might not be time to roll out the winter wear just yet, but with sudden rainstorms and dropping temperatures on the horizon, there’s no sense in waiting to make sure that they’ll be kept safe and warm when autumn finally descends. With a soft polyester build and a choice of five colours, this Fruit Of The Loom Fleece Jacket is great for both boys and girls looking to layer up during colder weather, and those seeking a lightweight way of keeping rain at bay should look no further than this waterproof Result Core Stormdri Jacket.

Kids socks go through a lot at the best of times, and with countless hours of wear and tear to contend with, childrens school socks have to be ready for anything. With a cotton rich build and a selection of four colours, these Childrens Plain School Socks are the perfect choice for keeping feet snug and warm, and at £1.95 for three pairs, they’re painless to replace when kids inevitably grow out of them! For girls, these White Knee High Socks are also perfect for adding a cute touch to an otherwise drab school ensemble.

A sturdy backpack goes a long way to keeping your little ones’ possessions safe and sound, and this SOLS Kids Rider School Rucksack is perfect for keeping everything from books to pencil-cases in tip top condition. With two spacious zipped compartments and padded, reinforced shoulder straps for additional comfort and support, it’s the ideal way to transport their essentials to and from the classroom.

A smart, clean school shirt is the best way to start a new school term, and made from durable cotton blend fabric, this Childrens Long Sleeved Shirt is a smart and comfortable choice for the months ahead. For those seeking a more casual design, this SG Childrens Just Cool Polo Shirt is perfect, and with built in moisture wicking technology, it’s also a great choice for P.E. lessons.

Be sure to check out our full range of childrenswear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Our Top Picks For A Great Summer Getaway!

With autumn on the horizon and changeable weather rolling in across the country, now is the perfect time to salvage what’s left of the summer and head off on holiday. If you’re looking to pick up a few extra travel items to help you on your way, take a look at our top holiday picks below.Fist Fight 2017 film download

No matter how far you’re going, packing for a trip away is never stress-free. If you’re concerned about protecting your possessions whilst travelling, this Quadra Tungsten Wheelie Bag is the perfect way to safeguard your items from damage. With 65 litres of storage space and plenty of internal and external zipper pockets, there’s room for everything you need to relax in style during your break, and with a handy retractable tow handle, it’s easy to manoeuvre even at its maximum capacity.

Suitable hand luggage is another important consideration for holiday pre-planning, and if you’re searching for something compact that doesn’t compromise on quality, this Bagbase Retro Travel Bag is the perfect choice. With 7 litres of storage space it has room for all the essential items you’ll need to keep entertained during your journey, and the sturdy shoulder strap makes it easy to transport upon arrival. Available in a selection of colours and with a wallet-friendly price tag, it also makes an ideal day bag for when your trip gets underway.

When it comes to long haul flights, it’s our legs that feel the effects of restricted movement the worst. These Silky Mens and Womens Travel Socks aim to combat the problem, with their soft top comfort band and graduated design helping to aid leg circulation in challenging environments. With a specially constructed build that combats tightness and compression rings, they’re the perfect choice for staying comfy during long car or plane journeys, with their anti-microbial fibres also helping to keep feet naturally fresh.

Be sure to visit Universal-Textiles.com for more great deals on our entire range of luggage and travel accessories!

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Our Top Picks For Men This Summer

Shopping for summer may seem simple on paper, but if you or your loved ones are struggling to beat the heat during the warmer months, being a savvy shopper can really pay off. We’ve gathered together our top menswear picks for the summer, with hints and tips about what to do to survive the season and stay sweatfree.

Whilst style is definitely important, the composition and colour of an item can play a bigger part than you might think. Lightweight polyester tops like this Just Cool Men’s Plain Performance T-Shirt, are a prime example, with the fabric incorporating a special moisture-wicking fibre to help keep sweat at bay. Avoiding black and other dark colours is another top tip, with these darker shades being scientifically proven to absorb more heat when exposed to direct sunlight.

In professional environments the standard shirt and tie are inescapable, even in summer. But those wishing to keep their cool when at work whilst also staying in their boss’s good-books should stock up on short sleeve shirts, such as this Fruit Of The Loom Poplin Shirt, blending practical heat-management with an office-friendly finish. With a light polycotton blend, it’s the perfect choice to boost personal ventilation.

Whilst sweaty feet are undoubtedly embarrassing, they can also lead to a number of genuine health complaints, including athlete’s foot. Though many choose cotton socks by default, these are often a major cause of the problem, with cotton tending to hold onto moisture rather than dispersing it. These Men’s Wool Blend Socks are a far safer option, with their wool rich build allowing feet to breathe easier and stay ventilated during warmer weather.

If you’re keen to free your feet even further, a pair of good quality sandals can go a long way to keep them cool and dry. These Surf Men’s Closed Toe Sandals offer efficient ventilation without sacrificing comfort or stability, making them the perfect choice for casual summer wear. For added accessibility, these Floso Men’s Stripe Palm Print Flip Flops are another great option, boasting a vibrant palm tree design and a pocket-friendly price-tag.

For further inspiration visit the Universal Textiles menswear section, with shorts, shoes and much more also on offer!

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Our Top Picks For 2014’s Summer Of Sport

With the World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour De France and now the Commonwealth Games all taking place, 2014 has truly provided us with a summer of sport. If watching the efforts of the world’s top athletes has inspired you to get moving, Universal Textiles has got everything you need to exercise in comfort and style. We’ve gathered together our top sporting picks from our range of swimwear, clothing and accessories, with everything at excellent prices. Happy shopping!

Whether you’re at the beach or the pool, swimming is a fantastic way for people of all ages to exercise, providing an effective sweat-free workout during the warmer months. Made of lightweight material and a special quick-dry fabric, these Aqua Sphere Mens Tiber Swimming Shorts are a great choice for swimmers of all capabilities, and for women, this Aqua Sphere Lazer Swimsuit is an eye-catching choice, boasting high UVA protection and a supportive cross-back design.

Football fever may now be cooling off following Germany’s triumphant World Cup victory earlier this month, but those in love with ‘The Beautiful Game’ can always keep the dream alive on their terms until 2018 rolls around. Available in a variety of different colours and designs, this Errea Long Sleeve Football Shirt is a stylish choice for men looking to take to the pitch, and these Puma Mens Kratero Football Boots are great for maintaining your footing when conditions are against you.

Without a doubt rugby is one of the toughest sports around, and, with that in mind, players need clothing to match. Produced by leading rugby kit brand Canterbury, this Mens Short Sleeve Hooped Rugby Jersey is certainly up to the challenge, and for smaller players looking to score a try, this matching Kids Short Sleeve Rugby Top is the perfect choice, with sizes to fit boys from six to fourteen years of age.

Cycling can be a great way to fit some quality exercise in around your daily life, whether you’re heading out on a weekend bike ride or simply riding to work. Made from a special performance fabric that’s designed to keep you cool and dry, these mens and womens Spiro Cycling Jackets are the ideal way to work out and stay comfortable, and with their cushioned padding these mens & womens Spiro Bikewear shorts are great for preventing aches and pains from occurring the following day.

Check out or new Sport section at Universal-Textiles.com for more of our top quality sportswear!

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