The Cord Trousers
- 100% organic cotton
- Luxurious needle-cord fabric
- Tailored fit, crafted in Portugal
Strike the right cord
They’re too baggy
The fabric is flimsy
They’re too old fashioned
The colours are drab
The Cord Provides
CORD = COTTON
If beanz meanz Heinz, then cord most certainly means cotton. Ours is organic, it comes from India, and it weighs in at a reassuringly hearty 360g/m2. Cord is historically a workwear fabric, so it’s only right that it’s made to stand up to a bit of stick.
A WALE OF A TIME
Our corduroy is what’s known as needlecord. It’s not a super-chunky jumbo-cord, and instead is made up of tightly packed, narrow wales for a sharper, sleeker look. As Tom Jones will attest, you can’t beat livin’ in wales.
TAILORED ‘N’ TAPERED
You told us you were tired of big and baggy cords and wanted something a bit sharper, so we made our Cord Trousers using the same shape as our Ultimate Jeans. They’re not skinny by any means, but they’ve got a tailored, gently tapered shape that works just as well with boots as it does with trainers and tennis shoes.
Our cords are of the ‘five pocket’ variety—with two angled front pockets, two rear patch pockets and the all-important ticket pocket. We know that smartphones have eradicated the need for tickets, but still, these useful pockets are ideal for storing rare commemorative coins you can’t bear to part with.
The pockets are secured via some seriously sturdy copper rivets. These have been holding pockets together since the middle of the 19th century, and if they’re good enough for tobacco chewin’ gold miners, they’re probably good enough for us.
RAISE THE BAR
To make sure there were no weak links, we also added bartacks to the pocket entries and the belt loops. These little rows of heavy stitching are a classic workwear detail and help to take the strain and relieve stress. Think of them like Ibuprofen, for your trousers.
BAGS OF FLAVOUR
We made our pocket bags from super-soft organic cotton. Not only is this stuff nice and tough, but it’s really comfortable too. Your hands will thank us.
Contrary to popular belief, corduroy is made in colours other than brown. Yep, we did make some light brown ones—it’d be rude not to—but seeing as your wish is our command, we also dusted off a few other tasteful tones. Think of it like a corduroy rainbow… if the rainbow only had four colours, of course.
NOT JUST FOR AUTUMN
Corduroy might be the Official Fabric of Autumn™, but thanks to its highly versatile nature it's also perfect for winter and spring too. Extra points for anyone who wears these with a matching jacket for the full geography tuxedo.
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What goes into making your Cord Trousers. The materials have travelled a total of 12,600 km (7,829 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperatives India
Sgl Filati Italy
Social certifications : BCI, Step by OEKOTEX and a certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Environmental certifications: Step by OEKOTEX and a certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Environmental certifications: Step by OEKOTEX; OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and a certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
CM Borges Portugal
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 Cord Trousers we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
The equivalent of 203 kms (126 miles) by car.
of phosphor released in the water
Equivalent to growing 81 kg of potatoes
The equivalent of 44 h of heating (avg. flat).
Now for the hard part—picking a colour
a classic harvest gold shade.
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.