The Perfect Jumper


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  • 550g of pure Merino wool
  • Unshrinkable Italian yarn
  • Knitted in Portugal
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Perfect by name, perfect by nature

Five years in

The problem with your jumpers


They shrink after the first wash, and disappear after the third.


They lose their shape


They’re itchy


The wool pills

The Knitty Gritty


Our Perfect Jumper is made from South African merino wool. Not only is this stuff super-soft and supple, but it’s thermoregulating too. This means it keeps you warm when it’s cold, but stays breathable when temperatures rise. To cut a long story short, it’s the MVP of the wool world.


Woolly jumpers have a reputation for shrinking in the wash. Not this one though—we gave it a natural treatment that allows it to be machine-washed up to 30°C, while also minimising pilling. Good news for you, bad news for that Action Man figure that thought he was getting a new jumper…


To keep things nice and toasty, we went with 550g/m2 wool. Thanks to Merino’s mystical breathable qualities, it’s still suitable for mild days, but this stuff really comes into its own when the Mercury drops. No more turning the radiators on in September.


To keep things tough, we went for what’s known in the wool world as “High Twist” thread. This is made by twisting two threads together over a thousand times per inch to give the wool greater resilience. On top of that, we opted for a Milano stitch—a knitting technique that allows the jumper to stretch horizontally without losing its shape. You can’t beat that.


Not too tight… not too baggy, our Perfect Jumper is sharp rather than slouchy. After making over 30,000 jumpers we think we’ve got our shape down to a tee, so when you scratch your head the world won’t see your belly button.


Unless you’re auditioning for the role of Angsty Teenager #3 in a made-for-TV high-school drama, you probably don’t want your sleeves to stretch and lose their shape. To put a stop to this once and for all, we strengthened the ribbing on our cuffs by adding an extra thread. Much sharper.


The Perfect Jumper wouldn’t be perfect if it had some thin, inconsequential crew-neck collar, so we made sure ours was up to the task. At 2.8 cm wide, it harks back to the glory days of knitwear, when the sun always shone, you could buy a car for two shillings and collars were made to last.


Our jumper is “fully fashioned”. This means they’re knitted in panels in the right shape rather than cut from a roll of fabric. This reduces waste and also means that we can control the tension of the knit in the different parts of the jumper. These parts are then machine-sewn and linked by hand to ensure a top quality finish.


We don’t call this the Perfect Jumper for nothing. It’s warm, it’s tough, it’s breathable, and what’s more, it goes with pretty much everything. Layer it under a jacket to keep the chill at bay… wear it over a tee on a September evening… use it as a makeshift goalpost in the park… this thing will do it all.


Follow that yarn

What goes into making your Perfect Jumper? The materials have travelled a total of 18,483 km (11,484 miles) from field to doormat.

Raw material

Farming cooperatives South Africa

Social & environmental certification: Abelusi Wool

Certifies that every animal is tagged and farms are checked for animal welfare. Each farm supplying wool is identified as the label also guarantees that our partner Segard Masurel meets every farmer and that the farmers' working conditions are regulated.


Mediterranean Wool Industries S.A. Egypt

Social certifications: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Environmental certifications: RWS


Tollegno 1900 Italy

Environmental certifications: RWS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, ISO 14001

Tollegno 1900 have been around since...yes you guessed it 1900. That doesn't stop them from being forward thinking. They're our go-to spinners and their yarn is nothing less but top quality.


Tollegno 1900 Italy

Environmental certifications: RWS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, ISO 14001

Knitting and garment make

Elmate Portugal

Social certifications : ISO 9001

Elmate have been masterfully knitting our Perfect Jumper since 2016. They're a family business with authentic know-how and state of the art equipment.


Road haulage

Looking for more insights on the provenance of our wool for this new version of the Perfect Jumper?

Check us here in South Africa where we met up with the team of Segard Masurel on one of their partner farms.

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

16 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 289 kms (180 miles) by car.

13 g

of phosphor released in the water

Equivalent to growing 215 kg of potatoes.

129 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 44h of heating (in average flat).

What a Colourful Bunch


Seriously sophisticated

No Sweat !

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 size change

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.

The team

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.

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