Don’t Sweat It

January 28, 2022

The ultra-comfortable sweatshirt you won’t want to take off

If a group of statisticians studied your wardrobe over twelve months, we’re pretty confident that your old faithful grey Sweatshirt would be the item you reached for the most. Warm... comfortable... highly-versatile... a well-made Sweatshirt is one of those reliable garments that’s rarely out of rotation.

Originally created as an alternative to the itchy training jerseys worn by American football players back in the 1920s, they’ve gone on to become a true cornerstone of the casual wardrobe.

We’ve been making our Sweatshirt for a good while now, and after much deliberating, we’ve decided to give it a new name. Yep, this time around it’s called the Perfect Sweatshirt. That might sound a little big-headed, but we wouldn’t give it a name like that if we didn’t believe that it truly was perfect. Here’s why we think it’s so good...

THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP

To make the Perfect Sweatshirt, we needed to find the perfect fabric. You told us you were sick and tired of thin, flimsy sweatshirts, so we called in the heavy artillery in the shape of some seriously hearty 500g/m2 organic cotton jersey. This stuff has a really substantial heft to it, which doesn’t just feel ace, but also helps the Sweat hold its shape better, and gives it a better drape. That’s a fancy way of saying it shouldn’t crease or bunch.

We then brushed the reverse of the fabric to keep things extra comfy. It’s a heavyweight, with a soft-spot—like Mike Tyson painting watercolour landscapes or Rocky Marciano volunteering in an owl sanctuary.

CUT TO PERFECTION

It’s not a controversial statement to say that a lot of Sweatshirts fit a little weirdly—often big and billowy, or short and bunchy. Neither are ideal, so we went for something a little more flattering—a relaxed, yet tailored shape that gives you enough room to move, without engulfing you like that old school sweatshirt your mum kept saying you’d grow into.

Our Sweatshirt is cut to the same shape as our Perfect Jumper, so if you’re fond of them, then you’ll know what to expect here.

GOING THE DISTANCE

Sweatshirts should be made to last, so to make sure ours didn’t become a misshapen shadow of its former shape after one spin in the washing machine, we cut our jersey horizontally instead of vertically. This is the same way Sweats were made back in the glory days of sportswear and means the fabric is less prone to shrinking or twisting.

Taking cues from a vintage Sweat in our collection, we also added ribbed panels which run down the sides for a bit of added flex appeal.

SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

Our Perfect Sweatshirt is deceptively detailed. It might look relatively straightforward when compared to the latest wave of technical clothing, but behind that clean and minimal look are some cunning features added to make life a little more comfortable.

For starters, it’s got what is known in the sportswear world as Raglan sleeves. Originally created for Baron Raglan, a British Army Officer who lost his arm in the Battle of Waterloo, these sweeping sleeves became a fixture of mid-century sportswear thanks to the extra movement they offer. Whether you’re having a stick fight with your nephew or perfecting your jump shot, these should give you some extra reach.

They also give a smoother, rounder shape to the shoulders to avoid that ‘blocky pixellated henchman in a badly rendered 90s video-game’ look.

LOCK AND LOAD

Another feature we’re proud of is our stitching. We’ll admit that stitching is hardly the most exciting thing to read about, but when you consider that it’s what holds your Sweat together, it’s pretty important. To keep things from falling to pieces, we used a tried-and-tested work-wear method known as flat-locking which uses three interwoven threads to hold each panel firmly in place. Not only does it add strength, but because of its low-profile nature, it gives a much cleaner finish, with less excess fabric hidden away uncomfortably on the inside. Win-win.

What else? Well, we added 1x1 ribbing to the cuffs and the hem to keep the draft out, and thanks to that extra layer of fabric in the crew neck collar. This helps it to keep its shape, wear after wear.

CRAFTED IN PORTUGAL

The Perfect Sweat was made by the fine folk at Egui in Portugal. If you’re a regular reader then you’ll have probably have heard us talk about this lot before. They make a lot of our jersey gear—from our Hoodies to our T-Shirts—and are dab hands at constructing sophisticated sportswear.

Six tasteful tones

Not quite every colour of the rainbow, but we’d like to think there was a Sweat for everyone here. Take your pick...

Grey marl is the people's champion.

Navy is another classic sportswear shade that goes with everything.

For those who like a bit of flavour in their bagel, we’ve got Mustard.

To match that vintage Land Rover Defender in your garage, we’ve got a particularly regal shade of Green.

Blood Orange, vitamin C included.

And finally, back by popular demand, there’s Black.

Every drop

A few months back we committed to giving you the full environmental impact of every item we release. La totale as we say in France.

So this is what goes into, and comes out of every Perfect Sweatshirt.

14.2 kg of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to travelling 258 km (160 miles) by car. Here’s how our partners at Fairly Made come up with that number.

569L of water; Equivalent to 8 x 5 min showers.

253 MJ of energy, which is about 79 h electric heating (average flat).

Get the Sweat

The Perfect Sweatshirt will be available to preorder for 59€ from 1st of February. If you want first dibs, you can fill in the box below and we’ll be sure to notify you when you can grab them.

And if it doesn't work out when your Sweatshirt arrives, returns and exchanges are easy. The return costs are on us.

Need to know anything else? Ask away via the comments below, or alternatively, you can check our international Instagram page for more info.

Cheers,

The Asphalte Team

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