The Classic Shorts


Material: twill


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  • Choice of linen, twill or seersucker
  • Tried and tested cut, fine-tuned for comfort and style
  • 100% natural materials, made to keep their colour


Material: twill

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They’re not called the Classic Shorts for nothing...

Where your other shorts let you down in the past...


They were either too short or too long


The colour faded fast


The fit wasn’t right


The fabric was too flimsy

Cut for the Summer

The long and the short of it

Finding shorts that are the right length is no easy task. Too short and you’re in Ray Mears territory, too long and you wind up looking like a moody teen in a BBC sitcom. We prefer somewhere in the middle. Sitting just above the knee, the Classic Shorts hit the spot, whether you opt for a turn-up or not.

Cut to perfection

As for the cut, you asked us to come up with a fit that wasn’t too up-tight, but didn’t leave your legs swamped. Inspired by our tidily cut chinos, we went for a neat shape that’ll work with a button-down shirt, but that’s still got enough give for an impromptu game of headers and volleys. Think: Talented Mr Ripley grabbing a few cold ones for the park, and you’re on the right lines.

Summer shorts, three ways

We couldn’t keep shorts this good to just one material, so they come in 255g/m2 cotton twill made by TBM, 270g/m2 linen woven by Leomaster in Italy and 175g/m2 seersucker provided by France’s Emanuel Lang. That’s three characterfully textured, summer-ready materials in three carefully selected weights, and a bevy of colours. And don’t fret, they all stood up to the rub test because breathable doesn’t have to mean insubstantial.

Dye another day

To make sure those punchy colours last as long as the hardy materials, our twill fabric was dyed in rolls while the linen and seersucker were thread dyed. That means the usually troublesome tag-team of sunshine and washing machine is no match for the Classic Shorts. They’ll keep their punch for summers to come.

Pack your pocket bags

Pocket bags have a tendency to flap about, especially in shorts. So we secured ours firmly in place - so they stay put and keep your odds and ends properly secure. Realising you’ve lost your car keys somewhere along that two-hour beach stroll is never fun.

No stress

Bartacks aren’t exactly the most exciting topic of conversation unless you are really into trousers, but these little rows of stitching are particularly handy when it comes to reinforcing key stress points. They’ve been a fixture of workwear for over a century. We used them on our pocket entries so they stay strong, even when they’re crammed with half of your worldly possessions.

Tried and tested details

It wasn’t just the fit of our tried and tested Chinos that we carried over to the Classic Shorts, we went with their fine-tuned details too. To pair with those sturdy fabrics, we opted for a reassuringly durable, aged-silver YKK zip, and bio-based horn & corozo buttons.

Versatility as standard

Considering how useful these things are, we could have called them the Super Versatile Shorts, but it’s less catchy. They’ll look spot-on with a tee and some tennis shoes, or scrub up well with a button-down. They could probably even elevate a sweat-stained vest and flip-flops combo. Whatever summer throws at you, these beauties will be there to lend a hand.

Here’s the short version…

So, that’s the long and the short of it. A pair of well-cut, comfortable shorts that are actually made with summer in mind. Three timeless summer materials, on-point details and serious staying power. That’s summer sorted, this year and for quite a few to come.

All the production steps for our Classic Shorts

What goes into making your Classic Shorts. The materials have travelled a total of 7,918 km (4,920 miles) for the seersucker version and 13,362 km (8,302 miles) for the twill version, from field to doormat.

Raw material

Farming cooperatives India for the classic fabric. Turkey for the seersucker fabric.


Sgl Filato Sgl Filati in Italy for our classic version, while spinning is in Turkey for our seersucker fabric

Environmental certifications: OEKO-TEX Step


Tessitura Di Ginosa (Tbm Group), Emanuel Lang Italy for our classic version and France for the seersucker fabric.

Classic :OEKO-TEX Step Seersucker : Tissu France Terre Textile, Master Of Linen, OEKO-TEX Standard 100


Mat - Teintures & Apprêts France

Environmental certifications: Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, Tissu France Terre Textile, OEKO-TEX Standard 100
A small extra step just for our seersucker fabric.

Garment make

Salgado e Neto Portugal


Road haulage

Environmental Impact

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 Classic Shorts we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:

6.29 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 64.8 kms (40.2 miles) by car.

0.20 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 3.4 kg of apples.

85.93 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 29 h of heating (in avg. flat).


Delivery costs

We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, 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 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.


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.

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