The Half-Zip Jumper
- 100% mulesing-free merino wool
- Chunky ‘trucker’ collar with YKK zip
- Knitted in Portugal with a tailored fit
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Naff collar and shabby cut
Wool that stretches out and stays that way
Serious pilling problem
Jumper that's itchy and uncomfortable
Why don’t you zip it?!
From a land down under
As well as giving the world Neighbours and Home and Away, Australia also happens to produce some of the best Merino wool known to man. The one we’ve selected is mulesing-free, so avoids any cruel farming practices.
That Aussie wool then goes on holiday to Italy, where it’s carded, spun and dyed by Papi Fabio who just happen to have a detox affiliation with the fine folk over at Greenpeace, and they’ve got pretty high standards.
Fit for purpose
No one wants a jumper that’s skintight or much too baggy. A neat, tailored fit is the order of the day, which we developed in partnership with Lilipmalhas in Portugal, who are certified knitwear wizards.
It’s a great weight
Once it’s all knitted, the wool weighs 750 grams, which is what we’d refer to as ‘substantial.’ It’s nice and dense so will keep its shape without any fuss, but isn’t so heavy that it will only see the light of day in the depths of winter.
A bit more about that wool. It’s been knitted together in a ‘pearl rib’ fashion, with a ribbed hem and cuffs for added durability.
If you’ve ever stopped to examine the zip on your jacket while waiting for the bus, you’ll probably have seen three letters on it: YKK. These guys are the real big dogs of the zip world, and they’re very much in the business of producing top-notch products.
Keep on truckin’
In France, this is what they refer to as a ‘trucker’s jumper.’ And if you’re trying to make it down a treacherous mountain road in one piece, then the last thing you need is a flimsy collar to worry about. This one is a full 9 cm high. Now that’s a proper collar.
Fully fashioned, fully fashionable
The Half-Zip Jumper is what we call ‘fully fashioned,’ which is maybe the biggest indicator of quality knitwear. What it means is that the panels that make up the jumper are knitted to shape, rather than cut down from a larger piece of fabric. Less waste, better quality.
This might surprise you but we don’t actually get everything right first time. Some items need a few goes before they’re ready, and we’re always willing to put in the time to make sure the final product is as good as it can be. This time, we went through three prototypes and two fittings. We’re basically scientists.
No half measures here
What goes into making your Half-Zip Jumper. The materials have travelled a total of 32 488 km (20,187 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperatives Australia
Environmental certification: Mulesing-free
The “Mulesing Free” certification guarantees that this technique isn’t used during the sheering. 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, STANDARD 100 By OEKOTEX and a certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Papi Fabio Italy
Environmental certifications: RWS
Knitting and garment make
Boat and road haulage
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 Half-Zip Knit we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 190 kms (118 miles) by car.
of phosphor released in the water
Equivalent to growing 243 kg of potatoes.
The equivalent of 53.5 h of heating (avg. flat).
A tonal trio
No explanation necessary.
No Sweat !
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.
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.