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Our Festival Survival Guide

With Glastonbury only five days away and a whole host of other fun festivals coming our way over the summer months, now is the perfect time to pick up the essential items you’ll need to make it through the season in one piece. We’ve gathered together our top picks from our extensive range of clothing and accessories, with styles for men and women all at great prices. Check out our festival survival guide below!

Although it’s often hard to guarantee what the weather will do on the day, it’s always best to come prepared for the worst. This Splashmacs Adult Rain Poncho is the perfect remedy to a sudden rainstorm, with drawstring fasteners and a pop stud placket to really keep the damp at bay. Available in a choice of clear PVC or seven vibrant colours, it can even fold away conveniently into a handy carry case when conditions improve.

A sturdy backpack is the best way of keeping your valuables with you whilst on the move, whether it’s travelling to your festival of choice or zipping between your tent and the stage. This Bagbase Heritage Retro Rucksack is a stylish choice for festivalgoers of all ages, and comes with a storage capacity of 18 litres, perfect for holding onto everything from water bottles and umbrellas to spare jumpers and coats.

If you’re planning on camping out during a multi-day festival, comfortable and warm bedding is a must. In addition to sleeping bags and pillows, blankets are a great way of keeping snug and adding extra warmth if needed. With a super soft build and an anti-pilling finish, this Result Plain Outdoor Fleece Blanket is the perfect choice for a great night’s sleep, and comes in a choice of four colours.

Last but definitely not least, the all-important British festival staple; the wellington boots. With thousands of feet churning up the field, wellingtons  can be a life-saver if the weather takes a turn for the worst. These unisex Dunlop Wellington Boots are the perfect choice to keep feet warm and dry, and at just £12.20, they’re an effective and affordable option. For those wishing to be a little more adventurous, these Cotswold Ladies Sandringham Wellingtons are a vibrant, colourful choice, with striking pink and purple shades on offer, as well as metallic silver and gold.

Next week customers can get an extra 15% off top summer staples including Wellies, Raincoats, Backpacks, Summer Hats and Dresses when you spend over £30 by using voucher code VP43JVB7 at the checkout. 

Check out our full range of clothing and home textiles at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is fast approaching, but if you’ve yet to pick up the ideal present to show your dad you care on June 15th, don’t panic! We’ve gathered together a few ideas to suit everyone from working dads to new fathers, so check out our gift guide below (and don’t forget to pick up a card!) Happy shopping!

Balancing family and work can be a difficult task for modern men, so there’s no better time to reward today’s busy working fathers. This Quadra Portfolio Briefcase Bag is a perfect choice, boasting a detachable shoulder strap and an internal organiser that’s built to house everything from notebooks and stationary to phones and wallets, and this Premier Men’s Business Tie is great for office-proud dads, with twenty four colourful designs on offer.

Whilst socks might have a reputation as something of a cliché catch-all gift, no-one can deny that they ultimately make a practical present that everyone can make use of. These Honeycomb Top Argyle Socks are a smart choice that’s perfect for almost any occasion, but for those looking to make more of a statement this Father’s Day, these Greatest Dad Novelty Socks are a fun way to show you care, and even come in a special gift box, perfect for gift-wrapping.

If you’re buying on behalf of smaller shoppers, this pack of three children’s bibs will make a great gift for new dads. With a fun ‘I Love My Daddy’ message and a choice of boy’s baby blue and girl’s soft pink shades, they’re a fun and easy way to show some appreciation this Father’s Day, and their cotton rich build will also ensure that babies stay clean and comfortable throughout dinnertime.

Slippers are another great gift idea for Father’s Day, ensuring that your dad’s feet are kept comfy and warm throughout the year. These Men’s Suede Mule Slippers are a great lightweight choice for dads who want easy on-off access, and these Mirak Stag Men’s Classic Slippers are a perfect for those who prefer a more secure, fitted feel, with each design available in a selection of different colours.

Be sure check out our full range of menswear at Universal-textiles.com!

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A Great Selection of Bags

A quality bag is essential for work, travel, the gym and much more besides. At Universal Textiles we stock a wide range of bags ideal for all such occasions. In this blog we take a look at a small selection of the bags available on our website.

Firstly from Quadra we have this Universal Holdall Bag. Quadra have built a reputation for providing durable and fashionable bags. Their collection of modern, functional, value for money carrying solutions includes this large (35 litres) holdall bag. Great for the gym or travel, this bag comes in seven colours and has multiple pockets, allowing easy access to the bag’s content. The bag also has protective base feet and an adjustable shoulder strap.

The Shugon Hi-Vis Rucksack is ideal for work and used by many for safety and practicality when cycling. The bag has a large 23 litre capacity and several internal pockets. A rubber outlet for earphones allows you to listen to music without fear of your MP3 player being subjected to weather damage, whilst the bag also has an expandable front pocket to fit a ball or helmet.

Again from Quadra we have this Vintage Canvas Messenger Bag. Whether for work or school, this timeless design is an excellent fit for books or documents. Both casual and stylish, the washed canvas design of the bag is complemented by a subtle contrast styled strap.

This Retro Bowling Bag from Bagbase is perfect for the gym. It has a large capacity of 23 litres and has internal mesh and zippered pockets. The bag is adorned with a classic two stripe detail and has strong fabric carry handles.

We stock a variety of sports bags ideal for more specific pursuits as well as the gym. An example of this is the KooGa Boot Bag. The bag is able to comfortably hold shoes and boots up to a size 12, but is not too large for children’s boots, with room for shin pads and other necessary sporting equipment. The bag has the KooGa logo printed on the front and is easy to clean, an essential after a muddy game of football or rugby!

Lastly we have this Barcelona Trolley Holdall Bag from Shugon. This bag is great for airport travel as it has a retractable handle and wheels enabling it to be both pulled as a trolley and carried as a holdall. The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap, one large (53 litres) compartment and an internal base board for protection and shape retention.

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This week’s giveaway…

Following the huge success of our Facebook competition last week, in which we featured a Caterpillar Jacket, this week the prize is a Duffle Bag.

The bag we are giving away is a Quadra vintage Canvas Duffle Bag, avaiable in Sahara Brown, featuring contrast handles and a shoulder strap, with cushioned straps for extra comfort when carrying. There is a zipped external pouch pocket for your phone or travel documents. This bag would be suitable for men or women and would make an excellent weekend or gym bag.

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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