The Light T-Shirt

Grey blue


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  • A light and breathable cotton-linen blend
  • A reinforced collar that won’t budge
  • Dyed with optimal colour fastness

Grey blue

Delivery : in a few days.
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These are the letdowns you'd faced with your light tees in the past:


They were too transparent


They lost their shape


The collar stretched and lost its shape


The colours faded


Tee’d up for summer

Some people make the mistake of thinking all tees are made for warm weather. We don’t. When it comes to high-summer heat, you’ll be wanting a seriously breezy tee, not just any old short-sleeved-something. After the usual trial and error in the Asphalte lab, we cracked the formula for the perfect Light Tee fabric: an organic 70/30 cotton-linen blend. This ratio assures optimal comfort and lightness, combined with linen’s famed absorbency. We had the weaving wizards at Anbievolution, Portugal, produce it for us.

Light weight, not a lightweight

We wanted a light tee that would do the job for you this summer, and the next. And the next. Too many summer-ready tees are flimsy - we’ve all been there. Gaping, off-centre necks and wonky out hems. The Light T-shirt’s a heavyweight when it comes to durability, weighing in at 160g/m2. When you work with the best fabric makers, lightweight doesn’t have to mean throwaway.

If it ain’t broke…

We spent years and years getting the cut of our celebrated Ultimate T-Shirt just right, and as you know by now, we aren’t into needless waste. So, we kept that painstakingly perfected, classic shape for the Light T-Shirt. It’s a slightly tailored, straight cut with sleeves that end mid-bicep. Far from clingy, it’s no slouch either. Previous owners even scored it 8.2/10 for the cut and 8.5 for comfort. Nay bad.

Don’t put your neck out

We reckon if you wanted one of those weird, wobbly, scoop-necked tees, you’d buy one. So we designed the Light Tee’s neckline to stay just the way it is. We sandwiched the collar in between two layers of 1x1 ribbing, resulting in a three-layered, ultra-tough collar that’s locked in place with double topstitching. It’s a crew neck now, and it’ll still be a crew neck in a few summers’ time.

Doubling down on the finish

The double stitching on all the seams, and the ribbing on the sleeves, were all put through their paces during independent lab tests. And the results were very good. This approach has allowed us to nail down every detail to ensure this Light T-shirt sticks with you for years and years without going all droopy on you.

All thrills, no pills

A lot of those airier fabrics made for summer are extra susceptible to pilling - the well-turned-out man’s mortal enemy. Bobbles can ruin a great tee’s looks in a flash, so we took steps to keep them at bay, adding an anti-pilling enzyme finish to the material. Walk in it, run in it, roll gaily down daisy-strewn hillsides in it… it won’t bobble anytime soon. Your Light T-shirt’s as pill-resistant as a light tee can be.

New version, new colours

You lot were well chuffed with the basic White and Navy Blue colours. You also had a thing for our Military Green. So, we’ve kept these classics in, and added a yellow and a blue-grey to spice up for the sunny days ahead.

Colours that’ll last

Fade-outs work great in film, but less well with clothes. We went to the trouble of selecting some classic but punchy summer colours for the Light T-Shirt, and we weren’t going to let them simply fade away. We had the cotton-linen blend roll dyed, which makes for award-winning colour fastness. No need to lurk in the shadows in this tee, it’s ready for the sun.

Spot-on shape meets summer-ready material

In some ways it was a simple proposition: take the tried and tested Ultimate T-Shirt and make it hot-weather-ready… But nothing’s ever easy when you want the best. Finding the ideal fabric blend and the people to make it was only part of the task. A tight jersey knit, reinforced collar, anti-pilling enzymes, and roll-dyed classic summer colours — all of these make the Light T-shirt your summer go-to-to-be.

All production steps for your Light T-Shirt

What goes into making your Light T-shirt? The materials have travelled a total of 21,596 km (13,419 miles) from field to doormat.

Harvesting and preparing the organic cotton

Farming cooperatives Tanzania

Harvesting and preparing the linen



Tearfil Industria Textil Portugal


Malhas Arminda Portugal


Ronutex Tintuaria e Acabamentos Têxteis Portugal

Certifications : GRS, OCS, OEKO TEX Standard 100

Garment make

Irmaos Rodrigues Portugal

Certifications : OCS, SMETA 4-Pillar, Recycled fibres, OEKO-TEX Standard 100


Quinta e Santos Score Portugal

Certifications : RCS, OCS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, GRS, ISO 14001, ISO 9001


Par camion et bateau 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 Light T-Shit we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:

2.88 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 29.7 km (18.4 miles) by car.

0.21 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 3.5 kg of apples.

51.86 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 17.5 h of heating (in avg.flat).


Delivery costs

We deliver worldwide, the cost of which is automatically calculated at checkout. For all deliveries to the UK, within the European Union, Switzerland and Norway we charge a flat fee of 6€. For other European countries we charge 15€, please check our FAQ for the full list of countries included. All other countries are charged at 25€.

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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