You see, in this world, there’s two kinds of collars, my friend…

September 23, 2022

…When it comes to this preorder, at least.

You see in the world, there’s two kinds of people my friend, those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

So goes the cult tough-guy quote from the perma-stubbled, toothpick-twiddling, poncho-clad ‘Man With No Name’, played by Clint Eastwood in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” — the final instalment of Sergio Leone’s epic Spaghetti Western trilogy, Dollars.

Now, first things first: don’t worry, we aren’t trying to sell you a poncho.

Half a century on since The Man With No Name ruled the West, antiheroes rarely chain-smoke cheroots, generally have names, and certainly don’t wear capes… but Clint wasn’t all wrong. There are two kinds of people in this world, at least when it comes to collars: those that shoot for the V Necks and those who are Turtleneckers all the way.

You know us, we like to keep our loyal co-creators happy, so we made both.

Solid Foundations

You’re probably familiar with our longstanding woollen superhero, the Perfect Jumper, the tried and tested result of years of perfecting and refining. Naturally, we drew on that crew-necked classic when it came to making these new kids on the woolly block:

- Over half a kilogram of pure Merino wool. Nice and soft. Nice and warm.

- A knitted jersey with a robust Milano stitch that says no to bobbles or losing its shape.

- A versatile cut that’s perfectly tailored (but not fitted).

- A special natural treatment that means you can machine wash your jumper up to 30°C.

That’s a solid base to work from, to say the least. From those high-end foundations, it was all about perfecting the two collar options…

Pick your player

So here they are: the hero and the antihero, facing off across the plains of your future wardrobe… An Old Firm level of rivalry in the world of collars: The V-neck vs the Turtleneck.

Let’s introduce the V-neck first

We got our compasses and set squares out for this one, and reckon the results would make our trigonometry teachers proud. A+ here for a real V, and we didn’t even draw on the desks. This is a V, not a U. Not a dangly-crewneck. Not a Simon Cowell plunging V horror show. No nipples on display here… We tested our angles again and again and again, until we got them just right. Welcome to the collar line that’ll restore your faith in V-necks.

On to the Turtleneck

Another great challenge, and another classic that’s been through the mill with some eye-watering imitations over the years. We went for a 1x1 tight-knit in the collar, with a flat stitch at its base. Translation for the non-collar nerds: these details will keep the collar’s shape, leaving it standing neat and upright without strangling you, making the most of the soft wool’s natural elasticity. You’ll be able to put your head through it for years to come, without it turning into one of those gape-necked weird sweaters your aunt probably wears at New Year’s.

A colourful flock of Merinos

Once you’ve chosen your side, not that you have to, you’ll be left with another choice. The colour… Sorry, we didn’t make this easy.

For the V-neck Jumper

- Charcoal: Works with anything, looks the business.

- Navy: Classic, often seen with a white shirt. But don’t let us boss you about.

- Blue marl: A touch of originality, but just as easy to pair as its V-neck brothers.

The Turtleneck, it’s even harder to pick with five colours.

- Navy: A great way to start your turtleneck life

- Burgundy: Heat up your winter with something full-bodied.

- Black: Intense. Second-hand copy of Howl not included. Sorry.

- Charcoal: Bond’s most lethal weapon in Spectre, your new best friend?

- Off-white: Something a little more out there for those natty dressers.

Those two beauties will look to patch up or not coming up to Tuesday 27th of September. It gives you the weekend to have a hard think about where you stand.

If it doesn't work out fear not, returns and exchanges are easy and the cost of the return is on us.

Need to know anything else? Drop it in the comments below or check our international Instagram page for the answer. Possibly.


The Asphalte Team

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