The Cargo Pants
- 100% organic cotton sateen
- Straight cut, 6 pockets
- Made in Portugal
Trousers made for action
A commanding look and extreme practicality
You told us what issues you wanted your Cargo Pants to offload:
A fabric that doesn’t go the full way
A cut that's not sharp
A poor quality confection
Pockets that aren’t big enough
Unloading the Cargos
Pants in tough satin
You wanted a fabric that was strong. We delved into archives and recced vintage surplus stores for the original 1940s military trousers. The result? We bring you a durable 100% cotton satin fabric with a stonewashed finish for extra suppleness. At a weight of 275g/m2, this is heavy enough to be resilient, but light enough to wear all year.
Cut to the width
Yup, we don’t like them either – baggy cargo pants where comfort hijacks style, especially when on holiday. You don't have to be taken hostage. We trod stealthily here. The Cargo Pants are all about the pockets, so this makes it doubly important to have the right width for the style to work. Trust us. We’ve got your width covered.
You asked for a straight-leg cut. You've got it. For those of you familiar with our Duck Canvas Trousers, you’ll know the fit. All the more practical for riding your bike or your e-bike. And it cuts a good silhouette – as you lean nonchalantly against a wall, waiting for a friend, or just watching the world go by.
You didn’t want your rectangular cargo pockets too bulging, so we haven’t gone overboard on size. At 17cm, they’re deep enough to hold the biggest iPhones, while their shape is held in place by a gusset. The look is balanced and the pockets avoid the proximity of the knees. A bit to the right, a bit left, up, down. Fire.
A pack of six pockets
We’ve given you six pockets in all. That's why they're called Cargo Pants – to carry one's essentials, and more. To keep your possessions where they should be, snap-buttons secure both the side and the two back flap-pockets. The two front angle pockets are open for easy access. All are lined and openings reinforced with piping.
Sending in the reinforcements
Extra stitching reinforces the corners of each pocket using a method called bar-tacking. All seams are double-stitched for added durability, and the waist is wide enough for a sturdy belt to add balance to the style. That’s another sharp six-pack you can show off this summer.
The back rise
We asked you whether you wanted the back rise as one piece of material or two. 62.6% of you said yes to one. You know what you want. We like that. It also keeps the focus on the pockets – the ID of the Cargo Pants. We’ve added double stitching – straight up the back – for style and durability.
For our first edition of the Cargo Pants, we’ve paid our respect to the original military garment while leading the field when it comes to style. And, as always, we've worked hard to make sure that the price is right.
Match & Go
All are easy to match, and easy to wear, whether with t-shirt & trainers or open shirt & boots. And for those pushing the fashion statement, a blazer combo looks good as well.
Load it up
The Cargo’s logbook:
What goes into making your Cargo Pants. The materials have travelled a total of 6,569 km (4,081 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperative Turkey
Social & environmental certifications: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Turkey and Italy
Social & environmental certifications : Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Gaspard Tronconi SRL Italy
Social & environmental certifications : OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Social & environmental certifications: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.They've been at it since 1957, so it’s no surprise to us how well the fabric scored on all the durability tests. This collaboration was meant to be.
Pinha Mansa Portugal
They've been going for 20 years, specialising in workwear. They're up there with the best, making hard-wearing clothes with finesse.
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 pair of Cargo Pants we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 123.3 kms (or 76 miles) travelled by car.
of phosphor released in the water
Equivalent to growing 24kg of potatoes.
Equivalent to 36 hours of electric heating (in average appartment).
Trooping the colours
Blend into the Dune du Pilat near us in Bordeaux – or the Sahara, for a more exotic adventure.
No Sweat !
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how many pieces of the same item you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.
Easy to change sizes
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe these are free, and for countries, in the rest of the world we ask you to pay the return 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.