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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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Great Reductions Across Our Range of Scarves

As with our Hats and Gloves, our range of Winter Scarves has also been reduced by up to an extra 50% in anticipation of the cold weather. Plus next week newsletter subscribers will receive a further 15% off our entire range of Scarves and Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets. Below we look at a few of the products available in this offer.

From the premium FLOSO brand we have a great selection including the Mens Fleece Thermal Winter Neck Snood and the Mens Plain Thermal Polar Fleece Winter Scarf. Both are made with a warm fleece fabric which will keep you warm in even the coldest of conditions. Ideal for winter sports and everyday wearing, the snood can also be adjusted depending on the temperature and the preference of the wearer.

Next, from Sweater Shop, we have this fantastic Unisex Dogtooth Scarf. At an incredible 50% off, this British made scarf is made of a rich cotton and wool blend. Never compromising on quality, this long scarf would make a great accessory or Christmas present this winter.

As well as Scarves, our Hat, Gloves and Scarf sets are also reduced. One such set is the Ladies Spots Fleece Thermal Winter Scarf, Gloves & Hat Set. The stylish leopard design with give you a striking look, whilst the thermal fleece fabric from which they are made will keep you warm.

Reductions can also be found on our Children’s Scarves and Sets, this includes the Girl’s Hooded Winter Scarf. This soft knit scarf will keep both their face and neck warm and comes in five different colours. Buy for under £5 this week.

We also have a great selection of Children’s Hat, Gloves & Scarf Sets from many of their favourite characters including this Boys Angry Birds Hat, Gloves & Scarf Set. Made from high quality warm fabrics, these sets are in designs they’ll love at prices you’ll love.

To view our full range of scarves, click here.

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Sweater Shop has Arrived!

Universal Textiles is delighted to announce that we are now stocking Sweater Shop clothing!

Famous for their high quality products and exceptional value, the high street store you used to love is back. From Sweaters to Scarves and Dresses, Sweater Shop is the brand to buy when purchasing high quality knitwear.

In today’s blog we will take a look at the company itself and then on Friday we shall take a look at some of their products in more detail.

Formed by Brian de Zille, the founder of the original Sweater Shop, the company aims to address “both the need and desire to rejuvenate the knitwear manufacturing industry in England.” All their products are manufactured in England, combining tradition and quality with fashionable and pioneering designs.

The products are made using the latest knitting techniques, known as WholeGarment® technology, so as to deliver the highest quality of product to the customer. Operations Director Ben de Zille Butler explains the benefits of this technology as follows:

“Traditionally, knitwear has been produced in separate pieces – for example, the two arms and the body section of a sweater – which have then been seamed together, but with the astonishing versatility that WholeGarment technology now offers us, we can knit highly creative garments in one piece, with no seams whatsoever.”
This enhances the fit, stretch and design of the garments. The technology, in partnership with Shima Seik (the world’s leading knitting machine manufacturer), also allows production costs to be lowered meaning Sweater Shop can offer customers amazingly low prices.

With plans to open new stores and add to their ever expanding range, these are exciting times for Sweater Shop. To take a look at their full range and join the many loyal customers who swear by their quality knitwear, click here.

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How to stay warm in winter

There are 10 rules for dressing in winter, and if you follow these, they will allow you to stay warm when the temperature drops below freezing.

  • Wear lots of layers – the more layers you wear, the more air will get trapped in between them and as air is an excellent insulator it will keep you warm. It’s better to wear too many layers as they can be taken off. Layers such as t-shirts will work perfectly.
  • Buy a good pair of boots – Boots are a winter essential, they keep your feet warmer than shoes and usually have better grip for icy conditions. Boot liners are also available for more insulation.
  • Wear winter socks – Wool or thermal socks are ideal as these draw the moisture away from your feet keeping them warm and dry.
  • Invest in a good quality coat – the thicker the better, choose fabrics such as wool or  a synthetic ski jacket for maximum warmth. We have a wide range of winter coats.
  • Thermal Underwear – a base layer is really helpful for keeping you warm, a thin layer close to the skin traps the air, and also draws away your sweat.
  • Hats – these are essential, heat rises and we lose most of our heat through our heads to try and a hat keeps it in. We have a wide variety of hats for everyone in many different colours and styles here.
  • Gloves and mittens – your hands are an extremity and are most susceptible to the cold so its important to keep them wrapped up. Even a thin glove is better than nothing but thick, insulating gloves are best. View our range here.
  • Wear two layers on your legs – long johns for men or tights/leggings for women under your work trousers really help to keep your legs warm, often people wear 5 layers on the top half and forget about their bottom half.
  • Stay dry – being wet in cold temperatures lowers your core temperature dramatically so wear waterproof clothing or base layers which draw the moisture away from your skin.
  • Wear a scarf – A thick scarf really makes a difference, especially in keeping your neck warm, choose fabrics such as wool or thermal fabrics and these are warmest against the skin. Browse our range of scarves here.

 

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Men’s Winter Scarves

The coldest time of the year is nearly upon us, and everyone should be wrapping up warm. We have a wide range of winter warmers, including men’s scarves.

The scarf dates back to ancient Rome, where linen was used to wipe hands and faces, it evolved into a fashion accessory to be worn about the neck or around the waist in a belt. Traditionally it was made of cloth rather than wool and in the 19th century it became a staple of every man’s wardrobe and women adopted it too.

The scarf has had something of a renaissance recently, being worn by celebrities, especially the new style of scarves, such as snoods and hooded scarves; being worn by both men and women.

There are several different types of scarves for men, the woollen scarf, just perfect to keeping warm in winter. The cravat, which is tied like a tie around the neck. The Snood which is a looped scarf and also doubles as a hood.

Our range of scarves, which can be viewed here, come in a variety of colours and fabrics such as wool, fleece and thermal fabrics, and also different lengths and styles.

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