The Chambray Shirt
- Organic denim from Japan
- Triple topstitched for extra durability
- Tailored fit made in Portugal
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A real work-wear classic
refined for modern life
What was wrong with your Chambray Shirts?
The fabric isn’t up to scratch
The shape is all over the place
The fabric creases too easily
The collar wears through
Work-wear that works wherever
Fresh from japan
Chambray is a tried and tested work-wear fabric that’s been used for well over a century. We got ours from the renowned Shinya mill in Japan. A fair bit lighter than denim, our organic 160g/m2 chambray is strong, it’s light and it’ll only get better with age.
Passed the test
The Martindale Rub Test is a real thing, carried out by real scientists, to find out just how durable a fabric is. Our chambray scored four-out-of-five, which, as you can probably work out, means it’s pretty darn tough.
A sharper shirt
Ever tried on a vintage shirt from the 1930s? Bit disappointing, wasn’t it? Boxy old shirts aren’t the most flattering of garments, so we were keen to neaten things up a bit for the 21st century with a more contemporary tailored fit. Sharp and refined, but not tight, our Chambray Shirt is created firmly with modern life in mind.
The perfect collar
The Chambray Shirt is the original ‘blue collar’ shirt, so it was only right that we put a fair bit of thought into our collar. Too stiff and a collar can be stifling, too floppy and they can look scruffy. We lightly fused ours to its lining so it’s just right—sharp but by no means stuffy.
As you’ve probably already noticed, our shirt has two big pockets on the front. Things might have changed a bit since chambray shirts were first devised, but the need for big pockets is more pertinent than ever. Stuff ‘em with whatever you want.
Everything as it seams
Triple-stitched side-seams are a traditional work-wear detail that we wanted to bring back for our Chambray Shirt. With that contrast off-white stitching, they look great—but it’s important to remember they’re not just for aesthetics, and help make things even tougher.
Built to last
As if that triple-stitching wasn’t enough, we also added some gussets to the hem for even more points on the strength-o-meter. Chambray Shirts should be made to last, so we made sure we pulled out all the stops to ensure ours won’t fall to bits at the first sign of trouble.
The yoke’s on us
The shoulders of a shirt see a lot of action—it’s where the majority of movement takes place, and where most of the weight is carried. We reinforced ours with a yoke panel—so whether you’re carrying a rucksack or giving your daughter a piggyback, it’ll help take the strain.
Eye, eye captain
There are approximately 1,903,629 different types of buttons in the world today, but there was only one choice for our Chambray Shirt… the cat's-eye button. These have been used on work-shirts since right back in the days of sarsaparilla and saloon spittoons, and are still hard to beat. Made from horn and corozo, ours are bob-on.
For work and play
Whether you’re dressing for the ranch, or you’re… er... scoffing ranch dressing, the Chambray Shirt is up to the task. A truly versatile beast, it works just as well with a pair of well-worn jeans and some work-boots as it does with chinos and canvas pumps. It’s a prime layering piece too—and goes great under a chore-jacket.
Workwear, that works, everywhere.
What goes into making your Chambray Shirt?
The materials have travelled a total of 35,620 km (22,133 miles) from field to doormat.
Production of raw materials
Cooperative farming, AKASYA TARIM Turkey
Environmental and social certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Spinning of raw material
YAMACHU SPINNING Japan
SHINYA CORPORATION Japan
CAETANO FLS Portugal
Environmental certification : Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Social certification : BSCI
Environmental certification: OCS, GRS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100
Social certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
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 Chambray Shirt we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 59 kms (or 36.5 miles) travelled by car.
Equivalent to 1 five min shower.
Equivalent to 16 hours of electric heating (in average appartment).
Pick a colour
The blue-collar classic
Deliveries & exchanges
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries*, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.
Easy changes of 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.
Satisfied or your money back
It costs nothing to try
If you ever change your mind or the product doesn't meet your expectations when you receive it, all you have to do is send it back unworn and we'll refund you. Easy.
Four of us started Asphalte back in 2016. With a few years of experience in fashion under our belts, we wanted to make clothes, but not just any old clothes. Well-made clothes, designed to last, using great materials and made in good conditions. The guys we wanted to kit were our mates, who liked clothes but who weren't willing to go all out on a pair of jeans. We send them a survey to find out what they expected from a brand. Their answers were so enlightening that we opened the questionnaires up to everyone. Best decision we ever made.
Since then, you've been at the start of every clothes we make. We ask for your opinion on a product before we get busy with the design process, and that's the way forward for us.
We're not here to reinvent the wheel. We're here to make your wardrobe classics with the best materials and the best manufacturers. Above all, we're here to make things simple, stuff that you'll still be able to wear in ten years' time.
Over the last 4 years, we've gradually put together the dream team to make it happen on a larger scale. Today, there are 40 of us working to make your favourite clothes, in a quality that was once reserved for a handful of men.