The Summer Shirt

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  • Woven in France and made in Portugal
  • 100% French linen, breathable and hard-wearing
  • Tailored fit and two choices of collar



Summer sorted!

Lighten up your wardrobe with the Summer Shirt.

Where your summer shirts had let you down before:


Often too see-through


The cut is all over the place


They lose their shape in a heartbeat


They crease too much

The go-to summer shirt

Flair Français

Our Summer Shirt is made from 100% French linen, grown in Normandy and produced by the fine folks at Emanuel Lang, in Alsace. A lot of time was dedicated to finding the ideal density for this one, and it turned out to be 160g/m2: striking a balance between robust and breezy, while steering well clear of see-through territory! The ideal weight for a shirt that drapes nicely without creasing to pieces at the merest whiff of a sit down.

Linen, the unsung fabric superhero

We don’t plan to get too technical, but wanted to let you know that linen is a natural wonder fabric, wicking away moisture in much the same way as hi-tech gym gear does. In fact, linen can absorb up to 20% of the shirt’s weight in moisture, without feeling too clingy or damp. You’ll be glad of that when the last spot of shade in the beer garden’s taken.

A tale of two collars

We are obliging by nature, but thought we’d go to town here and offer two collar options: both laid back, both elegant, both totally beach-stroll-appropriate. There’s the classic button down, and the really free ‘n’ easy grandad collar. We’ve added a light fusing to both to protect your neck while making sure the collar sits right and doesn’t flap around your head. We’ll leave that to the gelato-hunting gulls.

It’s all in the fit

Top-notch linen deserves a perfect fit, and so do you. Get the cut wrong on a summer shirt and you end up in blousy, panto pirate realm, go too tight and even this seriously airy linen will leave you stifled. We went for a sharply tailored silhouette, with two discreet pleats in the back to allow a little extra give around the shoulders, welcome when it’s piña colada shaking time.

Your move, chief

When it comes to shirts, some like ‘em tucked in, and some like ‘em flying free. Here’s some good news for everyone—this shirt works just as well either way. Yep, we cut it just the right length for either eventuality, so this number can team up with suit trousers at work, swimming shorts poolside, and everything in between.

Many a summer

Airy shirts have a bad rep when it comes to longevity. We wanted our Summer Shirt to grow old gracefully, so to keep things sturdy we added a yoke to the back, gussets to the sides for extra strength, and extra stitching on the collar ridge. Looks great, lasts great.

The cat’s pyjamas, or shirt...

Cats-eye buttons are a regular fixture on vintage work-wear, and for good reason. Not only do they look good, but their signature shape holds the thread particularly well. But these aren’t the only details worth shouting about on the Summer Shirt. There’s a comfort pleat, meaning you can roll your sleeves without the risk of pinging those buttons off into the surf, and the non-grandad collar shirt has a tidy stitched on placket pocket, ideal for hanging your shades on.

A never-ending story

When it comes to a classic shirt like this, it only makes sense to use time-honoured tones. Nothing garish, nothing too jazzy: let the cut do the talking, not the pattern. We went with six options: navy, natural, brick, marled blue, white, and white and blue stripe. Plus, our linen is roll dyed, meaning all of these will keep their punch for many summers to come.

Goes with everything, feels like wearing nothing

Thanks to its classic cut, durable design and timeless colourways this is one versatile shirt, working just as well as you breeze through your best man speech as it does on BBQ duty in the back garden. As if that weren’t enough, the Summer Shirt is so airy that it will do the job on those days you’d rather have no shirt at all. All your summer worries, one seriously smart answer: the Summer Shirt.

How does it look in real life?

We gathered a few familiar faces together so that we can give you an even better idea what our Summer Shirt looks like. Ta-da:

John’s 1.69m (5’7) and is wearing a size S.

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All the production steps for your Summer Shirt

What goes into making your Summer Shirt.

The materials have travelled a total of 7,785 km (4,837 miles) from field to doormat.

Production of raw materials

Terre de lin, cooperative farming France


Uab Lietvilna (Linificio E Canapificio Nazionale) Lithuania

Environmental certifications : Master Of Linen, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, GRS
Social certification: Master Of Linen, GRS


Emanuel Lang France

Environmental certification : Tissu France Terre Textile, Master Of Linen, OEKO-TEX Standard 100
Social certification: Tissu France Terre Textile, Master Of Linen


Mat - Teintures & Apprêts France

Environmental certification :Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, Tissu France Terre Textile, OEKO-TEX Standard 100
Social certification : Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, Tissu France Terre Textile

Washing and finish

Mat - Teintures & Apprêts France

Environmental certification : Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, Tissu France Terre Textile, OEKO-TEX Standard 100
Social certification : Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant, Tissu France Terre Textile


Vermis (Ribul Group) Portugal

Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.


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

5.9 kg

of CO2 emitted

equivalent to 61 kms (38 miles) by car.

0.4 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 7.3 kg of apples.

104.3 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 42.3h of heating (in average flat).


Delivery costs

We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries* including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 6€ or 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.

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