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Umbrella

Extra Discounts on Umbrellas this Week

As the weather appears to have taken a turn for the worse, you might find yourself in need of an Umbrella. With over 70 different styles to choose from, make sure you head over to our website for all your brolly needs.

We’ve got Golf Umbrellas, like this Nike Premium Golf Umbrella, available in Black and Red and light enough to carry with you whilst playing. There’s also the Plain Black Automatic Golf Umbrella, designed for ultimate wind resistance and great for walking.

We also supply a range of children’s umbrellas; this Fun Design Pop-Up Umbrella is easy to carry and comes in three different designs. Choose from a Cat, Super Hero or a Princess.  Similar to our Animal Pop-Up Umbrella children can pick from a Frog, Panda, Ladybird or a Goldfish, all with novelty pop up ears.

Our Ladies collection includes this Animal Printed Walking Umbrella (two styles) perfect for staying dry on rainy nights out. For extra water resistance why not try one of our Dome Umbrellas, this Transparent Dotty Dome Umbrella is an excellent shield from the elements and will brighten up most dull days.

Perhaps you’re planning a winter wedding, if so, stay dry with our Frilly Wedding Umbrella traditional and versatile enough to blend in with proceedings.

This week subscribers to the Universal Textiles newsletter will receive an extra 15% off all of our Umbrellas.

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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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Transition dressing – Winter to Spring

This time of year, it can be confusing as to what to wear, it’s not mild enough for cute spring dresses but it’s not cold enough for a really thick coat. Here are five tips for making the transition from winter to spring…

• Layer – Cotton T-shirts, light jackets are ideal when coupled with a few thin layers underneath. Then you can peel off or pile on as the weather changes. We have a wide selection of T-shirts here.
• Colour – The colour you wear can really brighten your mood. Wear white, pink or green to make a change from the greys and blacks of winter.
• Accessorise – Often the smallest detail can make the biggest difference. Wear a lightweight pretty scarf to bring some life into your outfit.
• Basics – Refresh your underwear drawer. Putting on a brand new pair of socks is great, and bin the thick pair with holes in that you have been wearing all winter. View our range of underwear here.
• Prepare – The unpredictable English weather can change at any time, so keep an umbrella with you, so when the last dregs of winter come through, you stay dry.

Refresh your wardrobe with these helpful tips and summer will be here in no time!

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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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The Benefits of a Transparent Umbrella

When winter days are with us and it is rainy and cold, it is often hard to use an umbrella. This is where transparent dome umbrellas come into their own.  A standard umbrella can take up too much room and can cause a hazard for others who are walking along the pavement.  In addition, they cannot be carried too low otherwise the user would not be able to see, particularly on darker days.

The transparent dome umbrellas can solve many of these problems.  Because they are a dome shape, they are easier to use when the weather is windy and they can be used to protect the head of the user much better from the rain as they sit neatly over the head.  Each has a coloured trim on it so that the edge can be easily seen.  The dome umbrella will have a length of 31.5 inches from top to bottom and a width of 30 inches when it is open, so it can fit over the head and shoulders of the user.  The design of the transparent umbrella is very durable and when looked after properly, they should last for several years.

A number of dome umbrellas have a pattern on them but they are generally clear for visibility purposes and the user is still able to see through them.  When the weather becomes windy, most people will abandon an umbrella altogether, but this will leave them wet and cold as a result.

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Choosing the Right Umbrella

Being prepared for wet weather is something to which residents of the UK are accustomed. However, how many times do we find ourselves out in the rain, having left the brolly at home or in the car?  Carrying an umbrella around is no longer a laborious task as there are plenty of small versions that can fit neatly into a handbag or briefcase.  While these are convenient, they can often be lightweight, so they are not suitable for use in windy weather.

There are more substantial umbrellas, which are ideal for those days when there is more than a little breeze.  Very strong winds, of course, are not ideal for umbrellas and it is probably best not to use them on those occasions. The larger golfing umbrella is ideal for those who insist on playing in the wetter conditions and these are available in a variety of colours and designs.

There are many advantages to the clear plastic dome umbrella.  This is perfect for children as it will encourage them to protect themselves well from the rain but will still allow them to see where they are going.  The plastic dome umbrellas have become fashionable once again and these generally have a coloured trim so they are not completely plain.  Due to their shape, they are less likely to clip somebody while the user is walking.  Some of the dome umbrellas do have a pattern on them but there are clear sections so the user can still see where they are going.

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Keep Dry With a New Umbrella

Keeping an umbrella nearby is always a good idea. They do not have to be costly and there is a range of stylish umbrellas to suit all needs. They can be small enough to fit in a ladies handbag, or large enough to assist with walking. There is a range of available styles for men, women, and children.

The men’s range consists of several golfing umbrellas that are larger than the average umbrella and therefore can provide coverage for a bigger area. There are also several walking umbrellas which are non-retractable. These are ideal for use as a walking stick when not in use and some have wooden handles to complete the look. There is also a selection of smaller umbrellas for men. These “mini” umbrellas are compact and can fit easily into a coat pocket or briefcase. The men’s range is usually plain with block colours in black or navy.

The ladies range of umbrellas comes in a variety of designs. There is the transparent dome style of umbrella that makes it easier to walk. This is convenient as the dome comes lower over the face but its transparency means there is no visual impairment. There are also “mini” umbrellas that are retractable to fit into a handbag or coat pocket. A range of walking umbrella is available, and these serve as a handy mobility aid when not in use. The ladies umbrellas come in a choice of fashionable designs, patterns, and colours.

Children’s umbrellas are fun and bright, and they have a smaller dimension when open making them more manageable for kids. They come in a range of patterns and colours and are suitable for both boys and girls.

 

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