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The History of the Iconic Wimbledon Towel

Imagine, you are sat in centre court. Your seat is a breath away from the finalists. You are so close to the court you can smell the freshly cut grass. The game begins. Players and fans from all over the world come to experience this prestigious event filled with excitement and luxury. But this is also an experience that you can bring home.

Wimbledon only source the finest. The best champagne, the juiciest strawberries and, without a doubt, the most beautiful towels the world has ever seen.

Christy have had the privilege of designing and making a towel perfect for The Championships, Wimbledon for over 30 years. Ensuring that the design is bold and beautiful every year. Fit for professionals. Fit for champions.

Our wide Wimbledon range will help you get into the spirit this year!

The Wimbledon Towel – even the name increases our Wimbledon fever! Be sure to check out our Mens Championships Towel incorporating the iconic Green and Purple combination.

Our Ladies Championships Towel is simply b-e-a-uitful! Block colours of Cornflower Blue and Punchy Pink add an element of fun.

Game Set Bath! The collection fit for your little Champion.

Make sure that your Wimbledon finals BBQ is fit for the occasion by dressing your garden with our beautiful Wimbledon blanket.

Be sure to share your Wimbledon set-up with us on social media @Christy_Home using the hashtag #ChristyLovesWimbledon

Towels through the decades

Here’s a sneek peak at our towels through the decades!

 

Q+A With Victoria Pendleton

For those of you who don’t know, allow us to introduce you to our newest Brand ambassador Victoria Pendleton. And with the most prestigious event in the horse racing world only a week away, let’s find out more about this amazing talented Jockey who wears our Christy Ascot towel with pride.

Tell us your Christy story.

Christy is a brand I became aware of through their support of  Team GB. We received products within out kit to make our stay in the London 2012 Olympic village more comfortable, the pillows and towels were of a lovely quality. It’s the little things that make all the difference.

How did you get into equestrian sport?

I was always into sports at school and wanted to be part of every team possible, it was the one subject that I excelled at, despite it seeming to be the least important on the curriculum. My dad was a keen competitive cyclist his whole life, racing domestically and even holding some hill climb records and a national championship title. I spent my childhood watching him race, it was only a matter of time before I followed in his footsteps. I was talent spotted at 16 by the national team and after university moved to train with the Great Britain team in Manchester the rest is history. In 2013 I was approached by a sponsor to take up a switching saddles challenge, learning to become a jump jockey in 12 months to ride at Cheltenham festival in the amateur race, the Foxhunters Chase, a 3-mile race over 22 steeplechase fences. I had never ridden a horse before and had my first lessons with Yogi Breisner, before spending some time at the BHA British Racing School, I knew instantly that is was something I wanted to try! It was so exhilarating. Some of my cycling training really helped me to become a jockey; core stability, leg strength, focus and determination. I raced some flat races, point-to-point and some hunter chases and ended up coming 5th very unexpectedly in the Foxhunters Chase on the beautiful horse called Pacha du Polder, I love that horse he looked after me. Since that experience I have continued to ride, I have two retired thoroughbreds which I am retaining to become eventers. I have also tried a little showjumping for charity and some polo. Horses are a big and permanent part of my life.

What is a typical day in your life like? 

I walk my dogs in the morning, and then go to the yard to ride my two horses. I come back for lunch and often head into London for meetings or engagements. I have a portfolio career so  lots of different opportunities come my way! I try to make the most of it and experience as much as possible. I tend to do fitness work in the evenings. I have a gym at home with plenty of equipment so I am very lucky, and I love keeping in shape.

How did you find the Christy photoshoot 

I love doing photo shoots! Doing something a bit different. I’ve never been in a bath full of foam before! It was fun and I really liked the images. It is lovely to feel glamourous when you spend so much time in riding breeches and polo shirts!

Where did your love of horses begin?  Do you own any? 

I have two horses, According to Sarah who is a lovely chestnut mare and Vesperal Dream my elegant black beauty (those are their official racing names) they are both retired racehorses from great yards. I love them to bits.

Do you have any healthy living tips for our readers related to fitness? 

Little and often is the key! Rope friends into committing to a plan with you, it’s always more fun to work out with people rather than alone. If you struggle to get motivated, enter an event to work towards, maybe for a charity you care about to help push you at training when you are struggling.

Describe your interior style in 3 words 

Minimal, neutral, natural.

What’s your favourite room in your home?

My bedroom it’s cozy and relaxing. It is my haven. Sleep is really important to me.

If you could give your teenage self, one bit of advice, what would it be? 

Worry less about the future and enjoy the moment!

Where is your happy place? 

The Yard with my horses or out in the woodland on a hack in the dappled sunshine.

Greatest achievement in your life to date? 

Finishing 5th in the Fox-hunters chase at Cheltenham festival…. oh and a couple of Olympic gold medals!

 

Shop our whole Ascot range. 

 

Changing seasons and refreshing your home

With each change of season comes that feeling of refreshment and change. We can’t always put our finger on it, but the shift in mood and energy makes our surroundings feel new and exciting again, and there’s nothing like indulging in that feeling of newness. If you’re anything like us, with each season, you’ll be itching to make some small changes to your home to reflect what you can see out of your window.

With Summer on the horizon, the team at Christy sat down and had a chat about our favourite ways to reinvigorate our homes. Here’s just some of our favourite ideas.

Bring in freshly-cut flowers from the garden

Probably one of the easiest ways to bring the outside in, is to regularly take some cuttings from the flowers growing in your garden. You don’t have to strip the trees and bushes bare, just take a flower or two, and pair it with some green foliage in a simple yet elegant vase. If you don’t have flowers in your garden, it’s time to call upon your friends, family and neighbours. But don’t forget to plant your own flower beds so you can return the favour next year.

Change your soft furnishings

Let’s face it, the Christy team couldn’t talk Summer home refreshments without bringing up soft furnishings. And while we may be slightly bias, we’re big believers in having linens for Spring/Summer and another set for Autumn/Winter. This includes bedding, cushion covers, tea towels, bathroom towels, etc. You will be amazed at how different your home will look and the new lease of life it will give you.

For summer linens, remember the saying ‘bright and light’ – something bright in colour, such as greens, yellows and whites, and a light material such as cotton or linen. This Coniston Bed Linen would be a stunning addition to any summer bedroom, and the 200 thread count sateen cotton will keep you cool on a hot summers night.

*Christy top tip* – store your linens in an airtight container to ensure they are protected in the off-season. We’re big believers in the humble vac-pac bag.

Change up your artwork 

We’re not asking you to give up the that expensive original painting that sits with pride on your wall, we’re simply talking photo and poster frames. Try moving the positioning of existing artwork, or get a new print for one of your frames; a sure-fire way to make you feel excited about your home again.

A suggestion from one of our Christy HQ’ers is to change family photos to those that have been taken in the summer months or on a holiday, instantly reminding you of summers gone by. We’ll definitely be stealing that one!

Do you have any tips for refreshing your home for the summer? Let us know over on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and we’ll share our favourite suggestions.

 

How to bring a Spa home

Spa breaks have always been a popular choice to escape the mundane and to relax. In our busy everyday lifestyles filled with balancing work, family time and a social life, it can be hard to find the time to get some you-time.

Sometimes you cannot book a spontaneous spa break, massage or facial. So, why not bring that spa feeling to your home instead? Made especially easy with our Christy spa-inspired bathroom collection.

Look

Spas balance earthy tones with light accessories to create that peaceful ambiance. An atmosphere that can be reflected in your own bathroom.

Maroc towels, one of our favourite summer towel designs, is lightweight and relaxed. Draped over a leaning ladder against a wall, or hung over the side of your bath, you can transform your bathroom into a spa-inspired beauty.

Fringe finishes are so chic right now. Our Kasbah towel’s delicate fringe addition and ribbed texture enhances the overall bathroom aesthetic and your washing experience. Paired with the Christy Maroc towel, these towels can be layered in your bathroom to create that full spa vibe.

Feel

Allow us to set the scene. Sat in a jacuzzi, you hear the bubbles continuously popping around you. The stream of running water brings you peace and comfort. You close your eyes, rest your head back, and enjoy the melody of running water and piano symphony playlists. Blissful.

Although we may not have a jacuzzi at home, a warm bubble bath is just as relaxing. Once you step into it, you can immediately feel the tension in your muscles release. Instantly at ease, you lie down and rest.

This tranquil experience should not be ruined as soon as you step out of the bath.

You grab your Christy bath robe. Wrap yourself up inside its lusciously sumptuous 100% cotton perfection. To get this ultimate experience, the Christy Supreme Velour bath robe is the perfect solution.

For a lighter option, for those hot summer days lounging by the pool, our Mali and Faraday bath robes are a fabulous alternative. Mali’s soft waffle texture is perfect for that effortless, poolside style. You may not be on holiday abroad when wearing this but you will sure feel like you are!

How our stylists do it

Wonderful stylist Hollie shows us how easily the robe is to use both at home and away!

Our Faraday bath robe goes on tour and looks fab.

 

It’s back and bolder than ever! Allow us to introduce you to Jaipur…

In every sense, the Christy Jaipur throw is beautiful. In both its look and feel. For this reason, this is one of our favourite accessories to-date. Let us explain why…

It is very easy for a room to become monotonous over a long period of time. Easy for a room to lose its sparkle, appeal and on-trend vibe. But, this is very easy to fix with pops of colour and texture.

With a dash of new paint, and some accessories you can make your bedroom instantly feel contemporary whilst maintaining that home cosy feeling. Brand new, with minimal effort – who doesn’t want that!?

Our Jaipur throw and cushions help with exactly this. The plush and lusciously thick throw can be added to any bed linen. And, as well as being unbelievably cosy and snug, it is available in a wide range of colours from dusky pastels to vibrant brights, making it easy to pair with your design aesthetic.

From bold and brash, to minimal and understated, this throw is available in six colours which help you to attain your bedroom design desires. Perfection.

Take a look below to see how we would style these ranges:

Tumeric, the colourway that is bold yet is easy to pair. It can lift plain white bedding, or bring out delicate accents in a design – as demonstrated with the Haruki bed linen.

The Jaipur in Jade, understated and minimalistic, this colourway is perfect for a summer bedroom revamp.

Beautiful for summer, our Dusky Pink Jaipur can be paired with the minimalist or the boldest of colours.

Let us know what your favourite colour of Jaipur is? Share your style on social media using #MyChristy.

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Blast Off with NEW season Christy Junior

 

Just landed in our Christy Junior Collection, or should we say taken off is our NEW Blast Off Bed Linen Range. Your little one’s dreams will be rocketed to another galaxy with our space themed bed linen made with 100% cotton.

With details of spaceships and rockets they will always have the correct transport to explore the many planets and stars the Blast Off range includes. And the journey through their dreams will be out of this world!

The perfect addition to the range is the two NEW cushions in the collection. Who needs a telescope when you have the stars and moon in your own bedroom?! Made from super soft velvet it also makes an ideal cuddle buddy.

To celebrate the launch of a new range in our Christy Junior Collection we’re giving you the chance to WIN a full set of Christy Junior bed linen including our jersey cotton Speckles sheets and pillowcases, your choice of bed linen for your little explorer or even yourself, a cosy throw and super cute Star and Moon cushions. All you need to do to enter this amazing competition is follow the link below and answer the question. Good luck!

http://www.christy.co.uk/christyjunior-competition

 

Get Fit with Christy

In the spirit of New Year, we have created an alternative exercise for you by combining towels and a workout. Yes, that’s right, a towel workout!

Using our very own Christy Supreme Hygro towels, we have created a workout which combines training with comfort. The Supreme Hygro towels super soft texture is the perfect padding for your feet making your workout more comfortable, as well as providing some resistance to make your workout slightly harder.

So why not give it a try and let us know how you get on on our Christy Facebook page? Because who needs the gym when you have a Christy towel!?

Shop Supreme Hygro towels >> here <<.

 

Introducing Christy Junior

Our NEW Christy Junior Collection caters to all children who want their adventures to continue. These brand new designs bring the outdoors indoors, enabling playtime to never stop! From woodland trails, to infinity and beyond, this collection has something for everyone. Made with 100% Cotton, this luxury range provides the perfect backdrop and resting ground for all explorers. Besides, who says that adventures should begin and finish outside?

Inspired by little galactic explorers and childhood adventures in the woods, our Christy Junior collection is lovingly designed in England to spark your child’s imagination. Every product is created using only the finest fabrics, ensuring each piece will feel soft and comfortable wash after wash. Tuck your little ones into bed, safe in the knowledge that they are getting the very best night’s sleep.

Have a blast and watch our behind the scenes videos on the Christy Junior photoshoot.

 

Shop the collection here >> http://www.christy.co.uk/christy-junior.

 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Wimbledon Crafts, with Along Came Cherry

Wimbledon is now in full swing which means that in Britain, summer has officially arrived. If you are planning any Wimbledon themed parties or BBQs then our friend, Jess, from Along Came Cherry, is here with some Wimbledon inspired crafts this Summer. We’ve got our scissors at the ready…

First up, is this impressive- looking tennis racket garland that may look complicated, but is actually rather easy to master.

For this garland you will need:

  • A small scrap of cardboard
  • 1x glue gun
  • 1 roll of white yarn
  • 1 metre of felt (Jess has used white and grey but you could use any colour you wish)
  • 1 pair of scissors

To start, take your cardboard and cut the outline of a tennis racket shape out of the cardboard, ensuring to cut a hole in the middle for your racket wire. This should be cut to the size that you want your rackets, but we would recommend 10cm x 5cm.

Next, take your cardboard template and use this to cut out racket shapes in the felt until you have 15 or so rackets to hang on your garland.

Then, cut small strands of yarn to fit inside your rackets. About 4 pieces of yarn per racket should make it look detailed enough. Then (carefully) use your glue gun to attach the yarn to your felt in a lattice fashion.

Finally, cut a piece of yarn to the desired length of your garland, and use the glue gun to attach your completed rackets to the string. Once fully dried, hang up over your fireplace or attach each end to a tree for the perfect Wimbledon decoration.

Now, what would a Wimbledon party be without a celebration of Strawberries? This next garland will ensure that once all your guests have snaffled the strawberries, you’ll still have motifs of the fashionable fruit dotted around your Wimbledon party.

For the strawberry garland, you will need:

  • 1 metre of red felt
  • 1 metre of green felt
  • Needle and thread (in green or red)
  • 1 pair of scissors

Start by cutting a strawberry shape (similar to a heart shape) out of the red felt until you have around 15 strawberries. Next, take the green felt and cut out the foliage to sit on top of the strawberry.

Then take your thread and stitch the foliage to the strawberry. Once you have stitched them together, leave around 10cm of thread and stitch the next strawberry together. Not only will the thread attach you two pieces of felt together, but it will also provide the integral structure for your garland. And you’re finished!

Not only are both garlands really simple to make, but they provide you and your family with a great afternoon of activities and some fabulous handmade decoration for the sporting party of the year.

 

#ChristyLovesWimbledon: Essentials to Pack for a Day at Wimbledon

It’s that time of year again when it feels like summer, strawberries and cream are back in style and the world, once again, can’t take their eyes off of that little yellow ball. That’s right, Wimbledon is upon us and for that lucky few who get to grace Henman Hill and see the action in person (well, sort of), it’s important to be prepared for the day ahead.

A properly stocked bag is the key to enjoying all that the tennis has to offer. With the help of lifestyle and travel blogger, Elle Croft, we’ll share our packing essentials for a day at Wimbledon.

A set of Wimbledon towels at a picnic

Sunglasses

Not just practical, a statement pair of sunnies will keep you looking chic among the celebs you’re bound to spot at The Championships.

Picnic

There’s plenty of scrumptious food available on site, but let’s face it, there’s no picnic like a Wimbledon picnic. We’d recommend keeping the menu light and fresh with recipes like this strawberry, avocado and spinach salad, or these turkey, apple and brie sandwiches.

Elle’s Top tip: “keep it compact, as the maximum bag size per person is 40cm x 30cm x 30cm.”

CSunscreen

Elle says: “British weather is admittedly unpredictable, but you can still get burnt under cloud cover, and trust me, from experience, the one souvenir you don’t want to bring home from Wimbledon is a sunburn.”

Waterproof

Time to be realistic, this is Britain we’re talking about which means a day of grey clouds and constant drizzle isn’t out of the question. While umbrellas aren’t banned from Wimbledon, there is a risk of blocking the view of those behind you or poking your neighbour’s eye out. Instead, we’d recommend taking some quality waterproofs to ensure you stay dry and comfortable, no matter the weather.

Cash

Elle says: “If you queue for Grounds tickets you’ll need cash just to get in. Once you’re inside you can pay by cash or card to buy your programme, Pimms, and that all-important strawberries and cream”.

A picnic blanket

A picnic blanket, possibly our ultimate essential for a day at Wimbledon, will ensure that you always have a place to sit, whether you’re queuing up, enjoying a picnic or sitting tight on Henman Hill.

Top Tip: Our Wimbledon Blanket will make you look like a total pro and can be doubled up as a throw if it gets a little chilly at night.

Drinks

A day at Wimbledon wouldn’t be complete without a sip of Pimms, but don’t forget, you can bring your own drinks in, too. Elle says: “Whether it’s pink lemonade or pinot grigio, pack it in your bag – but be sure to check the regulations first!”

A portable charger

Wimbledon is the perfect Instagram opportunity. The Pimms, the lush green grass and the endless strawberries and cream are made to be documented, so as well as your phone, ensure you take a portable charger to give yourself a well-needed battery boost throughout the day.

Not only will this ensure that you can stay in touch with your fellow attendees, but you can keep those Instagram stories going, too. Elle warns: “Leave the selfie stick at home, though – they’re banned.”

Comfortable shoes

Whether you’ve got a long day of queuing ahead of you are going for a stroll to discover the outer courts and the stunning flower displays dotted around the walkways, comfortable shoes are a must. We’d recommend avoiding a heel and sticking to tennis shoes, but if you still want a bit of height, opt for a classic wedge.

For more Wimbledon tips from Elle, check out her post here.

 

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