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Get Wim­ble­don- and As­cot-ready

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Contents - Jes­sica Doyle

WHEN THE COL­LEC­TOR and eth­nol­o­gist Henry Christy re­turned to Eng­land from Con­stantino­ple in 1850 with a sam­ple of a novel, looped-pile fab­ric he had dis­cov­ered there, he was to rev­o­lu­tionise the bathing habits of the Western world. Af­ter study­ing the fab­ric closely, he and his brother cre­ated the first ma­chine that could weave looped cot­ton on an in­dus­trial scale, and launched their new ‘Turk­ish tow­els’ to the mar­ket a year later. Queen Vic­to­ria was an early fan, af­ter be­ing pre­sented with a set at the 1851 Great Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Al­most 170 years later, Christy, the firm orig­i­nally es­tab­lished by Henry’s father, is still known for the qual­ity of its tow­els and bed linen, and has pro­duced the of­fi­cial Wim­ble­don tow­els for the past 30 years. Its 2018 range is now avail­able, in­clud­ing de­signs for the play­ers’ tow­els (which can be per­son­alised free of charge, for those wish­ing to chan­nel their in­ner Ser­ena or Rafael) as well as face cloths, wash mitts and baby tow­els.

This year, for the sec­ond time, Christy is also the tex­tiles sup­plier to As­cot, and, along with ‘Rider’ and ‘Jockey’ tow­els, has cre­ated a range aimed at those who pre­fer the leisurely sport of pic­nick­ing. The colour­ful, dig­i­tally printed tea tow­els de­pict­ing glam­orously be­hat­ted ladies and gen­tle­men would look good wrapped around a bot­tle of cham­pagne, while the striped throw and her­ring­bone-check, wax-backed blan­ket and cush­ion are de­signed for com­fort­able pre-race loung­ing. Plus, there’s a ten­nis ver­sion, to com­plete the game, set and match.

Check mates: Christy’s lat­est Wim­ble­don range in­cludes this pic­nic set

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