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COMPETITION TIME! Win A Beach Bundle Worth £18!

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Universal Textiles are offering one lucky person the chance to win a beach bundle when making a purchase via the Universal Textiles website. One winner will be randomly chosen from those who have made a purchase between 1/7/2017 and 016.

The following criteria must be met in order to enter the competition:

1. Purchases must have been made via the Universal Textiles website between 1/7/2017 and 15/7/2016.

2. One person will be randomly drawn (on 18/7/2016) from the eligible entries in the specified period with the winner notified by email/phone. If the winner cannot be contacted after reasonable efforts to do so, Universal Textiles reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random.

3. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material.

4. Universal textiles reserves the right to cancel or amend this competition, including its terms and conditions, at any time without notice.

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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!

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.

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.

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!

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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.

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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Buying Cotton Socks and Gloves to Protect Your Feet from Sunburn

Outdoor activities may be tough on the hands and feet. However, there are practical accessories that you can wear to protect your extremities from the strains and stresses of your everyday activities. Whether you are out skiing, gardening, or engaging in some extreme sport, you will need the proper type of gloves and socks to protect your hands and feet from the elements.

Gloves are pretty basic and you will find many practical styles, designs, and materials to fit your requirements, whatever the season. You can choose from ski gloves to work gloves made out of different blends of textiles and fabrics, each type offering protection from different elements. Cotton gloves, for example, are excellent for use when doing light mechanical work, driving or, if you want to keep your hands warm during slightly cold days. Cotton is also a common choice of material for casual socks, since they absorb sweat and saturate quickly. Cotton socks protect your feet from sunburn while making light outdoor activities more comfortable.

Socks also come in a wide variety of styles and types. Just like gloves, there are very specific sock styles for every activity. Athletic socks or multi-sport socks range from traditional white gym socks made out of moisture-wicking fabrics to technical athletic socks that are designed for running and cross training. Most athletic socks are made with sole cushions, but are kept thin to reduce the overall bulk and increase comfort.

Running socks, on the other hand, are thin liner socks that have light padding and dense cushioning in the ball of the foot and the heel. While some runners prefer to have less padding, others prefer more to add cushioning and reduce foot fatigue. Walking socks provide cushioning and offer moisture-wicking properties, ideal for long walks and fitness walk.

Lightweight socks for hiking are also available. Designed especially for the needs of hikers, these socks offer moisture wicking properties and modest cushioning to maximize movement. There are also backpacking and mountaineering socks, which are heavier than common hiking socks.

Ski snowboard socks offer padding in the shin and underfoot areas to provide additional warmth and protect the pressure points of the feet. Casual socks can be easily distinguished by their casual styling, colors, and designs. They are often made out of performance fabrics, like merino wool, or more lightweight fabrics like cotton.

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Our Top Summer Baseball Cap Picks

It’s no secret that when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones from the harmful effects of the sun, a high factor suncream is always the best option. But if you suffer from sensitive skin or simply take your UV prevention seriously, a good sunhat can go a long way to keep harmful radiation at bay. Check out some of our top summer headwear picks below!

Although on first glance this Just Cool Sport Baseball Cap might look simple, internal Neoteric wicking technology and a built-in sweatband makes it the ideal way to manage moisture and perspiration during the warmer months, and with a sturdy, curved peak and a choice of thirty colours, it’s a stylish way to beat the heat this Summer.

For those who require extra ventilation, this Beechfield Trucker Style Snapback Cap is the perfect choice, boasting a full mesh back that allows air to circulate and moisture to escape from within. With a simple snapback fastener it’s easy to adjust to your own specifications, ensuring a comfort fit for both men and women of all ages.

When it comes to sunburn, it’s not just your face that’s vulnerable to harmful UV rays, and legionnaire hats are the perfect investment for those wishing to also protect their neck from the effects of the sun. With an elasticated side adjuster and a fabric drape back, this Result Unisex Legionnaire Cap is a simple but effective way to boost your protection and ward off any unexpected burns.

With the summer holidays approaching, protecting kids as they head out for fun in the sun should be a top priority for parents. With a variety of baseball caps featuring Spiderman, Minnie Mouse, Ben 10 and a whole host of other familiar faces, Universal Textiles has an extensive range of styles and designs to cater to even the most choosy of young customers, perfect for making sure they stay cool in more ways than one!

Check out our full range of baseball caps 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. 

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

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Look Good And Be Safe with Swim Accessories

Browse through any online retail store’s collection and you will find a wide range of swim accessories. If you want to be practical and not overspend on swim accessories, keep in mind that you really need only three essentials if you want to stay safe in the water. These essentials include your swimsuit, swimming cap, and swimming goggles. Here are some tips on choosing the best swim accessories:

  • Swimsuit – For men, swim briefs or trunks are the best choice for training, especially when you want to achieve fast lap times. Board shorts, while less revealing and ultimately more fashionable are not as good for swimming as briefs as they create too much drag. For women, a one-piece suit is best as they help build a streamline shape, and also provide better body coverage.
  • Swim cap – There are many different types of swim cap available on the market. Latex and rubber designs tend to offer a tight fit around the head, whereas silicone swim caps are a popular choice for those allergic to latex. Whilst slightly more expensive than latex, silicone protects the hair very well against the water, but tends to be more prone to slipping. Lycra is another alternative, and is ideal for creating a more uniform look. Lycra caps are made out of the same material as most swimsuits, but they are not as waterproof as their silicone and latex counterparts due to their tendency to slip.
  • Swimming goggles –There are four things that you should look for when buying goggles; comfortable lenses, adjustable straps, waterproof sockets, and 100% UVA/UVB protection. There are all kinds of tints available, from dark to light. Remember that dark lenses are only advisable for use in bright environments.

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

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Summer-Proof Your Kids With Our Top Seasonal Picks

Whether it’s the extended school holiday or sunny trips out with family and friends, kids have a lot to be excited about when it comes to summer. To make sure that they’re ready to get out and about and make the most of the warmer weather, we’ve gathered together our top picks for sun-friendly children‘s clothing and accessories, covering everything from headwear to footwear.

Although the summer sunshine offers many positive benefits, prolonged exposure can also lead to sunburn and whole host of more serious ailments, particularly when children’s sensitive skin is concerned. Suncream goes a long way to battling harmful UV rays, but a peaked cap such as this Just Cool Children’s Baseball Cap can help to add further protection, and this Beechfield Legionnaire Hat goes the extra mile to shield kid’s necks too.

Lightweight clothing is a must for the summertime, and that’s certainly no exception for kids. Made from 100% cotton and available in a choice of six vibrant colours, this Contrast Piped Short Sleeve T-Shirt is the perfect choice for boys, and this Floral Pattern Summer Dress is a cute summer-friendly option for girls looking to keep cool and have fun in the sun.
Whether it’s the beach or the pool, at home or abroad, summer is the perfect time for kids and adults alike to take to the water. Boasting a netted inner lining and a trendy Hawaiian design, these Boys Palm Tree Board Shorts are a great option for trips to the coast, and with its stretchy build and high UV protection, this Aqua Sphere Cabana Swimsuit will ensure that girls are ready for the beach when term time draws to a close.

Beach towels are another important consideration for parents taking kids to the coast, and these Children’s Microfibre Towel Ponchos put a spin on the traditional summer staple, turning them into wearable garment. With a host of different styles for girls and boys including pirates, starfish, strawberries and sun glasses, they’re as as fun as they are as effective, and can also work to keep kids warm if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Effective summer footwear needs to offer proper ventilation without compromising on comfort. Sandals and flip-flops are the go-to choice for many a parent, but with a built-in light-up toe, these Boys Skechers Street Lightz Sandals offer something a little different, and will ensure that kids are the envy of their friends. For girls, these Floso Flower Trim Flip Flops are great for easy on-off access, and even boast synthetic flower detailing on the toe strap, perfect for the ultimate girly girl.

Be sure to check out our full range of children‘s clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!

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