The Sailor Top


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  • 100% weighty organic cotton
  • Durable features and details
  • Non-twist straight fit made in Portugal
Size guide



A modern take on a maritime classic, one that’s going to give these problems a wide berth:


They don’t last long


The fabric is too thin


The cut is more miss than hit


They twist and lose their shape

Now, for our sails pitch…

No artificial flavours

You know us, we’ll always source organic cotton if we can, and this occasion is no different. We found a top-notch pure cotton yarn grown in Turkey, which was formed without the use of nasty chemicals. That’s a good start.

Turns out, they do make ‘em like they used to

For something like this Breton-style jersey, an authentic feel is important, so a flimsy, lightweight fabric wasn’t going to cut it. Instead, we made sure the cloth had that substantial, dry feel you tend to find with vintage tops and t-shirts.

Weight for it…

And when we say substantial, we mean it: the cotton is a full-fat 268 grams per square metre. To give you some comparison, our T-Shirt weighs in at 220 grams, and if you’re one of the 65,000 people who own one so far, you’ll know that’s no lightweight bit of clothing, so the Sailor Top really means business.

Straight down the middle

Judging by your feedback, a lot of you have experienced some dodgy fits in your time. To avoid the Sailor Top being added to this list of shame, we kept things classic and simple with a spot-on straight cut.

It’s good to vent

The little triangular side vents are a key detail of authentic sailor jerseys, so it would be remiss of us not to include them. We even reinforced them with a bar tack stitch. Aren’t we thoughtful?

In keeping with a classic

Another detail we’ve carried over from traditional versions is the slightly dropped shoulder. It gives the top a relaxed, casual feel that’s effortlessly cool. No wonder Picasso was always wearing them.

Collar calculations

When it came to the collar, we took our time. We don’t like to rush important things like this. Traditional sailor jerseys have a broader, more open neckline, which look great but maybe aren’t to everyone’s taste. To keep everyone happy, we split the difference between the vintage collar shape and a more modern, rounded style.

…and don’t forget the hem

You probably don’t spend as much time thinking about hemlines as us, but we do it so you don’t have to. Another feature that gives the original Breton shirts their charm is the dead-straight hemline, so of course we’ve included that detail here.

One-stop shop

Whenever we’re making a piece of jersey like a t-shirt or a sweatshirt, we call up our pals at Eigui in Portugal. This lot really know their way around a bit of casual clobber, and they’ve proven their credentials once again. They knitted, dyed, and finished each Sailor Top, working to the high standards they’re known for.

Life at sea never looked so good

The nautical mileage

What goes into making your Sailor Top. The materials have travelled a total of 6,496 km (4,036 miles) from field to doormat.

Raw material

Farming cooperatives Turkey


Marteks Maras Turkey

Social certifications : GRS
Environmental certifications: GRS, OCS


J.F. Almeida Portugal

Labels sociaux : ISO 9001, GRS
Labels environnementaux : OCS, Standard100 by OEKOTEX, GRS


Eigui Portugal

Environmental certifications: Standard100 by OEKOTEX


Gravotêxtil Sociedade de Acabamentos Têxteis S.A. Portugal

Social certifications : RCS
Environmental certifications: OCS, RCS

Garment make

Eigui Portugal

Environmental certifications: Standard100 by OEKOTEX


Eigui Portugal

Social certifications : OCS


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

3.8 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 40 kms (25 miles) by car.

0.2g g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 4 kg of potatoes.

43 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 15h of heating (in average flat).

Now for the hard part

Navy off white stripe

Read between the lines and you’ll see the colour of the deep blue sea.


Delivery costs

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.


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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