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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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Celebrate The 2014 Open With Universal Textiles!

Today marks the start of the 143rd Open Championship, with talented golfers from around the globe gathering together to battle it out for the coveted trophy and a special cash prize. To celebrate, we’ve selected our favourite golfing items from our range of clothing and home textiles, with everything available at fantastic prices. Happy shopping!

Although golfers may favour a warm, sunny day for taking to the field, keeping harsh sunlight at bay is still a top priority, especially when one precise shot can make or break your chances in a game. With that in mind, this Beechfield Pro-Style Baseball Cap is ideal for shielding eyes from the summer sun, with a Coolmax sweatband and a sturdy curved peak helping to keep players eyes on the ball.streaming film

Whether you’re shopping for the golf fanatic in your life or simply looking to treat yourself, this Nike Golf Starter Gift Bag is the perfect choice. Boasting a towel, two golf balls, a repair tool and four tees, it has everything you need to get a game going, and with everything bearing the instantly recognisable Nike hallmark, quality is guaranteed.

A good golfer is always prepared for bad weather, and with this Adidas Golf Umbrella there’s no reason to let a rain shower scare you off the field. With a 60 inch canopy and a vented interior to help resist windy weather, it’s the perfect way to keep dry when conditions take a turn for the worst.

Next week subscribers to the Universal Textiles newsletter can look forward to an extra 15% off some of our top golfing items, with polo shirts, sport socks, golf bags and gift sets all at great prices, so be sure to click here and register today!


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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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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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The Benefits of Umbrellas

With so many people travelling everywhere by car, it seems that many of us do not keep an umbrella handy for those wet days during the winter months as we believe that we do not need it. However, umbrellas now come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and it is a good idea to keep at least one in the car. The walk from the car to the shop, house, or office will certainly be a dry one.

Encouraging children to use umbrellas can also be a good idea. Many like the idea of splashing about in puddles, but when they are out and about for any length of time, getting wet can lead to chills.

A number of umbrellas have a new design that is much more resistant to the wind. In years gone by, one good gust of wind would blow the umbrella inside out. A flimsy model would not have survived this, with the cover detaching from the frame. Today’s stronger umbrellas are better suited to the wintery conditions that we typically experience in this country.

The materials used to create the umbrellas are now also sturdier and more resilient. The waterproof fabric for the covering is light, and many styles have aluminium handles, which are ideal for umbrellas. This metal is also lightweight, making the umbrella less cumbersome for carrying around on a daily basis.


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Buying Guide to Umbrellas

We are now heading towards the time of year when umbrellas are an essential accessory.  Luckily, for those who use an umbrella, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every need.  For ladies who are out and about shopping, the handbag-sized umbrella is perfect.  When closed it takes up very little space, and when open it provides enough protection from the rain without being a hazard to other shoppers.

Golfing umbrellas are popular with both men and women who are enthusiasts of the sport as they are large enough to cover a person and a bag of golf clubs.  Being on a golf course usually means exposure to wind, and the golf umbrella is often stronger than other types of umbrella, with additional wind resistance.

Colour may not be of the utmost importance in an umbrella, but there are so many colour options that coordinating umbrellas and clothes is easy and fun.  For children there are brightly coloured and patterned umbrellas with smiley faces or animal prints.  Ladies might prefer the transparent dome umbrellas.  These can be held low for added protection from the elements but without loss of vision.

Many of the umbrellas feature a polyester pongee fabric.  This is designed to be waterproof while simultaneously offering a soft ‘fabric’ feel to it.  This material is also used in sportswear and raincoats.


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