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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! order cialis no prescription cialis 20mg dosierung

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. cialis 20 mg instrucciones online pharmacy viagra canada

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. purchase cialis

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! cialis 20mg

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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 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. 

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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.

To view our full range of Umbrellas, click here.

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This week’s newsletter! Save up to 44% on Jackets!

In this week’s newsletter we are offering an extra 15% discount on all of our summer jackets, meaning you could potentially save up to 44%!

With the weather for the next few weeks set to be typically unpredictable, prepare with a lightweight jacket and beat the weather This week we’re offering massive savings on all of our jackets, and with brands such a Dr Martens and Results, you know you’re getting great quality at amazing prices. The time to buy is now, especially with an extra 15% discount for all our subcscribers! Don’t miss out!

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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 Wellington Boots

Wellington boots are essential right now! With so much mud and rain, wellies are perfect to stop your other shoes getting ruined. They were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, where the name comes from.

Wellington boots are water proof and are usually made from rubber or PVC, they are ideal when walking on wet or muddy ground, for example dog walks, festivals or farmland and protect the wearer from muck and puddles. The traditional green wellington boots were introduced in 1955 and Paddington Bear is recognisable by his red wellies.

We stock the typical green wellington along with funky styles for women and children, such as polka dot for girls and cow print for women. We also stock wellington boot socks, which are extra-long, ideal for pairing with your wellies and keeping your foot and calf nice and warm.

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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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