The Sailor's Jumper


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  • 100% French Merino wool
  • Traditional 4-button collar opening
  • Made in France
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Set sail

A rugged piece of knitwear for landlubbers and salty dogs alike.

Just call me skipper


Itchy material


An oversized fit you could drown in


Buttons that couldn’t weather a storm


Poor quality wool

Time to up your sea shanty game

Putting the ‘marine’ in ‘merino’

For jumpers past we’ve gone for the finest Australian merino. Whilst that stuff is lovely, this time we wanted something that felt more appropriate to a day on-deck, rather than at-desk. So, a French merino that’s just a touch coarser was the way to go.

Stay dry

This shorter staple French merino creates the ‘dry’ feel that you might associate with traditional sailors’ jumpers, which is just a way of saying it has a bit of texture, rather than feeling really fine and smooth. And it should stay that way, provided you don’t fall overboard.

Pull de mer

France is the spiritual home of the sailor’s jumper, so of course we had to make ours there. They’re knitted in Roanne, a town known for picturesque river views, grand chateaus, and cracking jumpers, apparently.

Sew, you were saying…

Rather than being fully fashioned, our Sailor’s Jumper is constructed with a cut and sew method. This gives it the rugged feeling that befits a master of the seven seas.

Unbeatable buttons

The button shoulder is the sailor jumper’s defining feature, so it’s important to get it spot on. For the buttons themselves we went to Uniesse in Italy, makers of lovely genuine horn buttons. Then once they were attached we reinforced them, to prevent them pinging off into the briny deep.

Ship shape

We might sound like a broken record, but fit – it’s important. You don’t want a baggy, shapeless bit of knitwear that belongs in a lighthouse with Willem Dafoe. No, a tailored fit is better, so that’s what you get.

Climb the ribbing!

Nautical jumpers usually have a simple reverse finish on the cuffs and hem, but we’ve added ribbing at your request. It’s a bit more refined and a bit more modern. More pleasure cruiser than weather-beaten trawler.

Weigh anchor

With a jumper like this, you want to know you’re wearing it. It’s got to be weighty, substantial, comforting. Ours weighs 700g, which should do the trick.

Give a little bit

Unlike the Milano knit we’ve used previously, this jumper allows for a little more stretch if you’ve been overdoing it on the grog.

Land Ho!


What goes into making your Sailor's Jumper ?

The materials have travelled a total of 2, 266 km (1, 408 miles)


France, Paca

Segard Masurel work together with 20 farms in the south of France.

Wool treatment

Pettinatura di Verone Italy

Animal welfare certification: RWS
Environmental certification: ZDHC and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.


Alpes Filati Italy

Animal welfare certification: RWS
Environmental certification: ZDHC and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.


Ruiz France

Social certification : EPV

Garment make

Marcoux Lafay France


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

22.7 kg

of CO2 emitted

Equivalent to 413 kms (or 257 miles) travelled by car.

5,770 L

water consumption

Equivalent to 85 five min showers.

254 MJ

energy depletion

Equivalent to 86 hours of electric heating (in average appartment).

Set a course


A little bit refined, a little bit modern.


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

Four of us started Asphalte back in 2016. With a few years of experience in fashion under our belts, we wanted to make clothes, but not just any old clothes. Well-made clothes, designed to last, using great materials and made in good conditions. The guys we wanted to kit were our mates, who liked clothes but who weren't willing to go all out on a pair of jeans. We send them a survey to find out what they expected from a brand. Their answers were so enlightening that we opened the questionnaires up to everyone. Best decision we ever made.

Since then, you've been at the start of every clothes we make. We ask for your opinion on a product before we get busy with the design process, and that's the way forward for us.

We're not here to reinvent the wheel. We're here to make your wardrobe classics with the best materials and the best manufacturers. Above all, we're here to make things simple, stuff that you'll still be able to wear in ten years' time.

Over the last 4 years, we've gradually put together the dream team to make it happen on a larger scale. Today, there are 45 of us working to make your favourite clothes, in a quality that was once reserved for a handful of men.

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