Wave goodbye to bad hair days
The best thing about owning a Beanie is not the fact it keeps your ears warm during the cold winter months, or the fact that this particular Beanie comes in so many great colours, or even the fact that it looks really good with a nice coat. The real reason you should buy a Beanie is because it covers up your hair when it looks awful. We’re actually pretty sure that’s why people invented the Beanie. And it’s one of the reasons we’ve decided to make such a nice one.
We’ve all been there. You wake up, blurry-eyed, to find that strands of hair are sticking up in absurd directions that seem to defy gravity. To make matters worse, you haven’t shampooed for a few days and the grease is beginning to form on the scalp. In fact, you’re on the verge of looking a bit like Albert Einstein.
Well, you can stop panicking and desperately trying to flatten your hair down into something acceptable. Just grab your Beanie and wahey, no one will laugh at you on the street.
Not just any old Beanie, you told us.
It’s not warm enough.
It loses its shape.
It’s too long.
Life’s better with a Beanie
10 times a charm
The most important characteristic of a beanie is its material, so we didn’t want to get it wrong. That’s why we went through 10 prototypes to find the right fabric which would give the Beanie the perfect look and feel. Now, you can’t say we don’t work hard for you lot.
Ta to the Aussies
Our wool is sourced from our mates down under. And I know what you’re thinking, Australia isn’t the obvious place that comes to mind when you imagine needing warm, woolly accessories. But Australia is actually one of the world’s largest wool producers, so we’re confident they know how to make the best stuff.
Over to Europe
We tend to trust the Italians with our garments because they know a thing or two about fashion and fabric. So we took our Australian wool over to Papi Fabio, a company that’s been running since 1890. That’s where the wool was untangled instead of combed, which makes the yarn thicker and gives the Beanie a more fluffy feel.
Wool you can trust
Merino wool is a fabric we all know and love, because it’s the same one we’ve used on some of our other favourite knits, like the Half Zip Jumper. It’s also often chosen by outdoor enthusiasts because it does a spectacular job at keeping you warm.
The terrible tickle
We know that horrible feeling when you drive yourself bonkers scratching your head because your beanie is itchy. Luckily, that won’t happen with ours, because the fibres of merino wool are finer than any other sheep fibres, so they are extremely soft to the touch.
Produced by the very best
The wool was magicked into the Beanie by Elmate in Portugal. They’re the legendary guys who also made our Perfect Jumper, and we have to say that the Beanie might be up to similar levels of perfection.
The Beanie that bounces back (sort of)
Look, we’ll be honest with you. It’s basically impossible for the material of a beanie not to give a little over the years, but we’ve done a pretty good job at making sure our Beanie stays more intact than most. We used a tight knit so your head will feel snuggly and the Beanie won’t lose its shape anytime soon.
No one wants a beanie that’s so long it hangs off the back of your head (ahem, Russel Brand), so we made sure we designed a Beanie with a good length. We’ve made it long enough for one or two folds, so there’s still some room for you to style your Beanie however you please.
You may be brainy…
But no matter how big your head is, our Beanie will still fit. It’s 1 size fits all, but the fabric will stretch enough to adapt to anyone’s noggin.
How many colours is too many colours?
If you’re going to wear a fluffy, woolly hat on top of your head, it’s got to be a good colour. If not, you could run the risk of looking ever so slightly silly. That’s why we’ve given you a whopping six colours to choose from. We really do spoil you sometimes.
The rest of your body might get jealous.
Potentially the softest Beanie on the planet.
What goes into making your Beanie. The materials have travelled a total of 32 280 km (20 057 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperatives Australia
Mulesing-free. The “Mulesing Free” certification guarantees that this technique isn’t used during the steering so you can rest assured that this wool was collected respecting the sheep's welfare.
Gruppo Colle Italy
Social certifications : GRS
Environmental certifications : GRS, RWS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and a certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Papi Fabio Italy
Social certifications : GRS
Environmental certifications : GRS, RWS
Knitting and garment make
Social certifications : ISO 9001
Environmental certifications: RWS
Label matière biologique
L’entreprise familiale Elmate tricote nos pulls parfaits depuis 2016. C’est une petite usine traditionnelle au savoir-faire authentique.
Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each Beanie we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it :
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 27.5 km (17miles) travelled by car.
of phosphor released in the water
Equivalent to growing 36 kg of potatoes.
Equivalent to 8 h of heating (avg. flat).
How many colours is too many colours?
A great option for when you’re travelling to an evening soiree in the cold.
No Sweat !
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 6€ irrespective of how many pieces of the same item you order. For deliveries to the rest of the world, the cost is calculated on the weight and destination automatically at checkout.
Easy to change your size
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe, these are free. For countries in the rest of the world, we ask you to pay the return cost and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
It's a risk-free investment
Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.
Asphalte began life back in 2016, just four people with a bit of experience in fashion and a simple enough aim: making good quality clothes in a low-impact way. Things started off smoothly enough, and we were picking up a bit of momentum, but something was missing. The idea for Asphalte didn’t really come together until we got our pals on the blower and asked them, ‘Hey, what do you want us to make?’ We didn’t realise it at the time, but this was the turning point. If Asphalte were a scientific discovery, this would be called the ‘eureka!’ moment. If it were a comic book, this was the part where we get bitten by a radioactive spider.
It might not seem like a revolutionary idea. That’s because it isn’t,
really. But fast forward 5 years and asking our friends what they wanted has turned into sending you lot our biannual questionnaires, and using your feedback to determine what we release. And that’s our secret weapon. It’s how we make what you want for a good price, and keep waste to a minimum.
Today our team is a bit bigger than four people. In fact, there are 64 of us now. We used to be based in Paris, but now we’ve moved out to greener pastures down in Bordeaux. Besides that, we’re still working in much the same way as when we first started, with the same ideas about quality, sustainability and our customers leading the way.