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With 2015 finally here and Christmas but a distant memory, the time to be making New Year’s Resolutions is officially upon us. Whether you stuck to the promises you made back in January 2014 or not, now is the perfect time of year to rest, recharge and reflect upon the months to come, and if the first wish on your list is to get back into shape following the annual festive blowout, Universal Textiles has everything you need to kick start your journey to a new you this new year. Take a look at our top picks for New Year’s fitness below!
Signing up with the local gym is the end result of many a New Year’s resolution, and with a variety of machines in place to tone and train different areas of the body, it’s a great way to get an all-over workout. This Mens Gildan Performance Vest is a great choice for those looking to keep cool whilst working out, with its sleeveless build and special moisture-wicking fabric helping to move sweat and excess heat away from the body. For women, this Spiro Performance T-Shirt is another great choice, with its quick-dry polyester build helping you to avoid excess perspiration.
Combining effective, aerobic exercise with relaxing, therapeutic motion, swimming is a great way to get fit, with around 3 million of us in the UK making a splash on a weekly basis. These Mens Aqua Sphere Montreal Jammer Shorts are the perfect way to get a streamlined swim, with their chlorine resistant build and breathable, high stretch fabric allowing you to exercise in comfort. For women, this Aqua Sphere Rachel Swimming Costume offers similar benefits, with a supportive bra-style back and UV protectant build helping you to get the most out of your swim.
Going for a regular run can be a great alternative for those looking to take care of their body without hitting the gym, allowing you to avoid costly monthly fees. A sturdy and supportive pair of shoes like these Hi-Tec Ladies Covent Garden Trainers is a must however, with their glass fibre stability shank and waterproof leather upper helping to keep feet safe and dry whilst you’re on the move. For men, these Skechers Flex Advantage Trainers boast a memory foam insole and a shock absorbing midsole to keep feet both comfortable and stable, with built-in mesh fabric panels to allow effective ventilation.
Be sure to check out our full range of sports and fitness gear at Universal-Textiles.com, with athletic clothes and accessories for men, women and children all available at great prices!
Happy New Year from everyone at Universal Textiles!
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Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby joined the Universal Textiles team at our Oswin Road, Braunstone warehouse last month to help launch our first outlet store, complete with its own Click & Collect service.
The outlet store not only offers a variety of clearance products from brands like Result and Fruit of the Loom at bargain prices but also allows customers to buy online and collect their purchases in person within 24 hours of their order being placed.
Customers can also reserve their items online and pay in store upon collection at a time that suits them best, with customers being notified by text and email when their item is ready. With a spacious changing room also available, customers can try items on in-store, and only pay when they’re completely satisfied with their order.
Whilst prices remain the same as those online, customers who click and collect save money as well as time by avoiding postage costs, with ample on-site customer parking making it easy to collect your order at your leisure.
Once the ribbon had been cut, Sir Peter was given a private tour of the new store, and got a chance to try out the company’s state of the art touch-screen ordering system, which allows customers to browse the full product range and place an order in-store.
Speaking about the experience Sir Peter said: “It is encouraging to see a textile and distribution company like Universal Textiles that has been in Leicester for three generations diversifying and growing. I was particularly impressed by the personal enthusiasm of Managing Director Ravi Karia and that of his staff, and their commitment to growing the business further.”
The opening of the outlet store follows a string of recent expansions for Universal Textiles, hot on the heels of our move from Syston to our more central Braunstone location in May, with the business requiring a larger warehouse to cope with an increased volume of orders.
With an ever-expanding workforce and a growing sales presence reaching throughout Europe, America and Japan, we are now excited to offer local people the same great value products that customers from around the world enjoy online.
Managing Director Ravi Karia said: “It was fantastic to have the Sir Peter with us and for him to show his support for the launch of our outlet store. Universal Textiles is a local business that’s just grown and grown, and this has easily been our biggest year yet.”
“Our click and collect service means that we can provide customers with a flexible shopping experience that works with them in mind. We’ve got 12,000 lines and 100,000 products on offer, so there really is something for everyone, and we hope that local people come down to see what we have on offer.”
To read more about both our Outlet Store and Click & Collect service please visit our website!
This week at Universal Textiles we’re offering customers a special 12% discount off our entire range of Russell clothing, with great designs for both men and women at fantastic low prices. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, there’s a product and style to suit everyone, and to help you on your way we’ve gathered together a few of our favourite picks from the collection! Remember, these discounts are available for one week only! Happy shopping!
Russell are a brand that pride themselves on stocking a quality range of comfortable casual wear, and this Russell Authentic Full Zip Hoodie is certainly no exception. Available for both men and women, it boasts a premium three layer fabric for a fuller feel and extra warmth, and comes in a choice of six different colour designs, each with a soft cotton build.
Although we may officially be in summer, there’s no guarantee that warmer weather is here to stay. If you want to keep comfortable without digging out your winter wear, this Russell Softshell Performance Jacket (mens/womens) is a great way to stay warm and dry throughout the unpredictable British summer. Made from lightweight polyester coated with a water repellent finish, it’s designed to tackle the elements whilst letting skin breathe, making it the perfect remedy to a sudden summer shower.
Modern life can be tough on today’s worker, and if you need help keeping cool when under pressure in the office, then this Rusell Moisture Management Work Shirt (available in men’s and women’s designs) is the ideal purchase. With a cotton rich build that also incorporates a special sweat wicking fabric, it’s designed to provide effective ventilation and ensure that moisture gets drawn away from the skin, keeping you comfortable and dry on even the most stressful of days.
Check out our full range of Russell clothing at Universal-Textiles.com!
For most people taking a trip to the coast, a super-sized beach towel and a simple pair of board shorts are all that’s needed to relax on the shore and take a paddle in the often-icy British ocean. But for those that take their aquatic activities a little more seriously, clothing and equipment has to provide divers and surfers with the comfort and warmth they need in order to take to the water whatever the weather, all year-round.
The wetsuit as we now know it was first born in 1952 from the mind of physicist Hugh Bradner, whose job at the University of California required him to partake in several underwater dives. Having experienced first-hand the difficulty that humans had at staying warm in water for extended periods of time, Bradner soon set about looking for a solution, one which he found in the form of Neoprane.
Following experiments with the rubbery material in the basement of his family home, Bradner soon determined that Neoprane was able to trap water between the body and the material, with the liquid then being warmed by the wearer’s body heat and kept at a comfortable temperature. What was more, as the wearer swam, fresh, cold water was largely prevented from permeating the material, with the suit already being ‘full’ of the warmed liquid.
It was these two discoveries that revolutionised the way in which anyone with an interest in water-sports or diving takes to the waves today, and since the 1950s the technology has been improved and enhanced to keep swimmers warmer for longer. Today’s wetsuits are equipped with an even greater ability to lock water out, with fabric flaps and even rubber glue guns being used to seal off seams and zip-locks that would otherwise let water seep in.
What’s more, some of today’s designs blend the core Neoprane build with a variety of additional fabrics, such as Spandex and even Merino Wool, which help to enhance a suit’s ability to hold onto heat and mould closer to your body. A selection of different shapes and styles are also now widely available, with some ‘shorty’ wetsuits opting to leave lower arms and legs exposed and other designs coming with detachable limb and head sleeves to offer additional protection as required.
With wetsuits now available in such an expansive variety of different shapes, sizes and material widths, there’s a model that’s ideal for practically any temperature. So if you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge but feared a less than warm welcome, a close-fitting wetsuit might be the key to getting into you into a new and exciting hobby this summer, and staying warm in the process!
Click here to see Universal Textiles’ full range of wetsuits!
Here at Universal Textiles we love a good bargain, and that includes the ones we offer to our customers! This week marks the start of the B&C sale, with sizable price cuts applied to the brand’s full range. Take a look at our choice picks below!
First up we have the B&C Childrens Sirocco Lightweight Jacket. Just in time for half term, this piece boasts a double-slider zip system and comes in a choice of six colours including green, yellow and royal blue. The jacket also incorporates the K-Way system, allowing it to fold into a small pouch when not needed. With this ultra-portable approach and 24% shaved off the original price-tag, it’s the perfect way to keep your little ones dry this Easter.
Don’t let the April showers fool you, summer is on the Horizon. If you’re searching for a casual, lightweight garment to keep you cool throughout the warmer months, look no further than the B&C Ladies Patti Tank Top Vest. Bringing together a wide crew-neck collar and double-stitched arm-holes, this 100% cotton piece will ensure that you feel the sun on your skin whether you’re at home or abroad, and at just £4.24 you can shop guilt-free!
The B&C Mens Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt is perfect for the office worker looking to stay sharp this Spring-time. Made of high quality Oxford fabric with an Easy Care finish, this piece offers a sleek, button-down collar and comes in a choice of five colours, including Blue Chip and Silver Moon. With 23% knocked off the original price, it’s a stylish purchase at an affordable price for any formal occasion.
The B&C Real+ Thermo-Isolated Jacket is a must-have for those who don’t let the weather stop them from getting out and about. Available in both mens and womens sizes and in a selection of six colours, the Jacket offers protection from the elements with its waterproof and windproof build, as well as its warm quilt padding and a concealed drawstring hood. With almost a quarter of the original price slashed, it’s essential for any outdoor adventurer at £29.24.
Click here to see the full range of items in the B&C sale, happy shopping!
Get ready for the Cold Snap with Universal Textiles’ Winter Survival Kits.
With the temperatures set to plummet, we have put together a collection of low cost Survival Kits to help you through the cold.
Kits include Thermal Underwear, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Fleeces, Jackets, Socks, High-Visibilty Vests and Bags.
To view the full Survival Kits and read more about the products and upcoming weather, click here.
At Universal Textiles we are proud to offer customers products from many top brands, including Regatta. Britain’s best loved outdoor clothing and footwear brand, Regatta’s reputation has been built on providing stylish and practical outdoor wear. With over 80 years of industry experience, their range of high quality weatherproof garments are both reliable and durable. They also pride themselves on using ethically sourced materials and providing customers with great value for money.
So whether it be a pair of trousers, gloves or a jacket you need, Regatta have all your outdoor needs covered. Below is just a selection of Regatta products available on our website.
Regatta produce a wide range of high quality fleeces, including this Ladies Thor III Fleece Jacket. Made from a premium yarn, they are lightweight yet warm, as reflected in their GSM (grams per square meter). This particular fleece comes in five colours and has fleece cuffs and an adjustable shockcord hem to maintain heat.
The signature quality expected from the company is also reflected in their hats and gloves. Many of their hats, including the Thermal Winter Fleece Hat, are made with Thinsulate technology. This increased density of fibres enables heat to be maintained, whilst moisture can escape.
Regatta products are ideally suited to outdoor sports such as skiing. This is reflected in these Kids Waterproof Ski Mittens. Both waterproof and made with a thermal lining, these mittens will keep children’s hands dry and warm for hours. The grips on the mittens make ski poles easier to grasp, with an adjustable velcro strap enabling the mittens to achieve the perfect fit.
Whether for work or recreational use, Regatta’s waterproof trousers are renowned for their exceptional quality. The Packaway Waterproof Trousers are one such pair. Both wind and waterproof, the trousers are made with taped seams and press studs at the hem. They also have an elasticated waist and are breathable as well as waterproof, making them comfortable to wear both as an individual garment and atop another pair of trousers.
The garment Regatta is perhaps most noted for, however, is the jacket. Just one of many great jackets available from them, the Benson II 3 in 1 Waterproof Breathable Jacket, features many of the trademark features expected from a Regatta jacket. Made with waterproof and breathable Isotex coated taslan fabric, Isotex is Regatta’s own family of waterproof and breathable fabrics that offers a waterproof performance of up to 20,000mm.
With anti-pill fleece lining for warmth, a concealed hood and a studded stormflap, the jacket is suited to all conditions. It is also windproof, has taped seams and several pockets to store maps, mobile phones and much more.
To view our full range of Regatta products, click here.
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On Friday we received a visit from our local MP Stephen Dorrell, the conservative MP for Charnwood in North Leicestershire. The day was fantastic, Stephen arrived, was introduced to all the members of our team and then given a tour of the warehouse and offices, with Ravi, our director.
He then shared a lunch with all of our team, himself and the PR company who were helping to organise the day. He answered our questions. When asked why he became an MP, his response was “youthful indiscretion” which made us all laugh and relaxed the atmosphere. Mukesh, the buyer at Universal Textiles, asked him why he chose to visit our company, he said he had an interest in local business and it was important to see how growing business developed in the modern economic climate.
After lunch, he left after shaking everyone’s hand. He seemed genuinely interested in what everyone had to say and how the company worked. It was good to meet him and hopefully he will come back and visit us again.
The arrival of a newborn baby into the world is a joyful occasion and one that merits celebration. So, when someone you know has a child, you no doubt want to express your congratulations by handing over a gift.
These days, there are many options when it comes to offerings of this kind. There is everything from teddies for youngsters to champagne for parents. However, one of the most popular and best forms of present remains baby clothes. After all, tots need a lot of garments in their early months.
Meanwhile, these items can be a great help to weary mums and dads, who often find it difficult to cope with the dramatic changes to their routines. For them, getting out and about to the shops can be tricky with a new infant in tow. So, having baby booties, baby clothing and other such things bought for them can be a huge help.
Also, becoming a parent is not cheap, and so any practical assistance they can get is bound to be welcomed.
The great thing is that thanks to firms such as us here at Universal Textiles, it has never been cheaper or easier to source baby clothes. We pride ourselves on providing excellent products at great value prices and, by coming to us, you should have no problem in finding the perfect items well within your budget.
Our special gift sets can be the ideal present to give to friends, family members, colleagues and other such people when they start a family.
If you are preparing to start a family, you might well be feeling a mix of emotions. The prospect can be one of the most exciting and dramatic events in your life and it is likely to have a profound impact on your existence.
Becoming a parent can be a wonderful feeling, but it is important that you prepare thoroughly for the new arrival. After all, it is not easy being a new mum or dad and you are likely to experience fatigue and pressure to begin with.
Therefore, to make your life easier, you should consider stocking up on important items such as baby clothes in advance. If you start purchasing such offerings with a while to go before the birth, you can ensure you have what you need when your child arrives.
Also, this is a good way of spreading the cost. You will feel the financial impact less if you buy the products you need in stages. As well as baby shoes and baby clothing, this applies to other items too, such as the furniture you will need for the nursery.
Of course, you are likely to get some clothes as presents from your loved ones, but you should not rely completely on this.
In order to get your hands on great value baby clothes, you can come to us here at Universal Textiles. We specialise in providing such items at low prices. And the best thing is, in order to get your hands on the offerings, all you need is a spare few minutes and an internet connection.