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New Year, New You: Our 2015 Fitness Picks

yellowWith 2015 finally here and Christmas but a distant memory, the time to be making New Year’s Resolutions is officially upon us. Whether you stuck to the promises you made back in January 2014 or not, now is the perfect time of year to rest, recharge and reflect upon the months to come, and if the first wish on your list is to get back into shape following the annual festive blowout, Universal Textiles has everything you need to kick start your journey to a new you this new year. Take a look at our top picks for New Year’s fitness below!

Signing up with the local gym is the end result of many a New Year’s resolution, and with a variety of machines in place to tone and train different areas of the body, it’s a great way to get an all-over workout.  This Mens Gildan Performance Vest is a great choice for those looking to keep cool whilst working out, with its sleeveless build and special moisture-wicking fabric helping to move sweat and excess heat away from the body. For women, this Spiro Performance T-Shirt is another great choice, with its quick-dry polyester build helping you to avoid excess perspiration.

Combining effective, aerobic exercise with relaxing, therapeutic motion, swimming is a great way to get fit, with around 3 million of us in the UK making a splash on a weekly basis. These Mens Aqua Sphere Montreal Jammer Shorts are the perfect way to get a streamlined swim, with their chlorine resistant build and breathable, high stretch fabric allowing you to exercise in comfort. For women, this Aqua Sphere Rachel Swimming Costume offers similar benefits, with a supportive bra-style back and UV protectant build helping you to get the most out of your swim.blackshoes

Going for a regular run can be a great alternative for those looking to take care of their body without hitting the gym, allowing you to avoid costly monthly fees. A sturdy and supportive pair of shoes like these Hi-Tec Ladies Covent Garden Trainers is a must however, with their glass fibre stability shank and waterproof leather upper helping to keep feet safe and dry whilst you’re on the move. For men, these Skechers Flex Advantage Trainers boast a memory foam insole and a shock absorbing midsole to keep feet both comfortable and stable, with built-in mesh fabric panels to allow effective ventilation.

Be sure to check out our full range of sports and fitness gear at Universal-Textiles.com, with athletic clothes and accessories for men, women and children all available at great prices!

Happy New Year from everyone at Universal Textiles!

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Winter Footwear For All The Family!

When it comes to shopping for essential winter garments, gloves, hats and scarves are the three coldweather staples that many of us pick up without fail. Whilst warm jackets and winter coats also make regular annual appearances, the benefits of swapping your summer shoes for something a little sturdier can’t be overstated. We’ve gathered together our top picks for winter footwear below, ensuring that your family’s feet stay warm and dry through the colder months. Happy shopping!

Whether you’re out for a woodland walk or stomping through snow, there’s no reason to let unpredictable winter weather keep you locked up indoors. With a waterproof build and a cushioned inner lining, these Mens Skechers Rawling-Dorson Boots can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter, with built-in Thinsulate thermal technology and a breathable inner membrane helping to keep your feet warm whilst allowing effective ventilation.

For women, these Stormwells Lace Front Winter Boots are a durable option that offers similar benefits, combining thermal insulation with a sturdy, longer-length build that’s sure to lock in warmth for longer. With a secure, lace-up front and made with special water-resisting materials, it’s a smart choice for those looking to get out and about this winter. These Hi-Tec Ladies St. Moritz Boots are also a smart choice for those looking to take on difficult winter terrain, with a rugged rubber outsole and cushioned CMEVA midsole offering security and comfort for active feet.

Available in both boys and girls designs, these Stormwells Childrens Boots are perfect for protecting your little one’s feet through winter and beyond, with their faux fur thermal lining and special tie top ensuring that their feet are kept safe and warm whilst outside. If your child likes to get out and about whatever the weather, these Dikimar JNR Wellington Boots are another smart choice, with their solid, waterproof build and sturdy nitrile sole unit making them the ideal option for kids who love the great outdoors.

To view our full range of mens, womens and childrens boots, please 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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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 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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Celebrate The Tour De France With Universal Textiles!

With the World Cup drawing to a close and our Wimbledon hopes already up in flames, Britain’s last chance for sporting success this year lies squarely with the Tour De France, and if you’re a budding biker, now is the perfect time to invest in some quality cycling gear! Check out the products we have on offer below!

Made from special Cool-Dry performance fabric and with breathable, contour fit panels, this Spiro Bikewear Long Sleeve Top is perfect for keeping cool and dry whilst on the move. Available in mens and womens styles, this item is also up for grabs for through our weekly Facebook competition, so head over to facebook.com/UniversalTextiles for a chance to win!

A few hours on the saddle can leave many cyclists sore, but these Spiro Padded Cycling Shorts are perfect for protecting bikers’ posteriors as they hit the road. Available in mens and womens designs and built with an antibacterial fabric pad, they’re the perfect remedy to those awkward aches and pains.

When it comes to cycling, travelling as light as a possible is a key concern. However, for
those who don’t wish to be without their valuables, this Quadra Apex Hydration Backpack is the perfect compromise. With a streamlined build and several handy storage compartments, there’s plenty of room for water bottles, phones, spare clothes and more, and as an added bonus, the Quadra Apex even comes with it’s own hydration bladder!

Check out our full range of sportswear at Universal-Textiles.com!

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Our Top Footwear Picks For Summer

One of the best things about the onset of warmer weather is finally being able to swap our bulky winter wear for clothes that are lighter, brighter and ready for the beach, and footwear is certainly no exception. So if you’re all set to stow away your boots and wellies till later in the year, now is the perfect time to invest in some shoes that’ll let the sun find your feet. Check out our top summer-friendly footwear choices below!

Throughout summer, slip-on shoes are a must. A popular, sun-friendly style for men in recent years has been the espadrille, and these Mens B&C Vibrant Slip-Ons are a prime example. Lightweight, stylish and made from 100% cotton, they’re ideal for warmer weather. For women, these Riva Catch Leather Moccasins are equally easy to put on and kick off at your leisure, and in a choice of three colours, you can mix and match to make the perfect summer outfit.

Sandals are one of the easiest go-to options for all ages through the warmer months. With two adjustable Velcro straps and a specially-sculpted footbed, these Hi-Tec Owaka Mens Sandals offer a comfortable, supportive fit, and the sturdy rubber outsole ensures stability and grip whether you’re out and about or relaxing at home. The Hi-Tec Ladies Indra Sandal offers similar benefits, and these Skechers Boys And KangaRoos Girls designs are great for letting smaller feet breathe.

If you’re looking for summer footwear with the ultimate in on-off accessibility, flip-flops are easily the way forward. With a lightweight build and a thick wedge outsole, these Syros Womens Flip-Flops are the perfect choice for relaxing on the beach or pool-side, and with a stylish pattern of pewter and silver studs, flip-flops have never been so fashionable. For men, these Floso Camouflage Wave Print Flip-Flops are ideal for slipping on whether you’re heading to the coast or out into the back garden, and are designed to dry quickly in the summer sunshine.glagla2

Whilst they’re great for casual wear, flip-flops and sandals aren’t the ideal choice for hitting the gym. Those who wish to keep their feet cool whilst also keeping active through the warmer weather need look no further than the Glagla footwear range. With a patented ventilation system that keeps feet an average of 6 degrees cooler than a standard shoe and discharges twice as much moisture in the process, the Glagla Classic Trainer (available for both men and is a great choice for working out through summer without excess sweat.

Click here to check out our full range of footwear for further inspiration!

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Essential Buys For Back To School

backpackIf 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.awdis

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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Keep Your Kids Happy This Easter Half Term

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!

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