Your new favourite T-shirt.
Good t-shirts can be hard to find. We’ve made things a little bit easier.
You’d think it would be simple.
They’re too thin and start twisting
They’re not well cut
The collars stretch out of shape
The colours fade
Here’s one for the ages
Getting back in shape
Jersey is the go-to knit fabric for most t-shirts. What makes this one special is that it’s nice and substantial, weighing in at 220 g/m2. That’s a different weight class to your standard tee, which comes in at just 150 g/m2, so it’s going to last quite a few more rounds
Here’s the twist
You don’t want your T-shirt to start twisting. We re-engineered the knit and tested it a dozen times in an independent lab. Result: barely any movement, so the side seams won’t end up around your belly button. One less thing to worry about.
We cut a vertical jersey band in the direction that stretches less and stitched it into the shoulder seams to give them extra hold. And also twin-stitched the side, shoulder and armhole seams to make sure they hold up. You can thank us later.
No more plunging necklines
If you’ve got a round neck T-shirt, you want it to stay round. So, taking inspiration from vintage examples – and they sure knew how to make T-shirts in the old days – we sandwiched an extra layer of jersey between the ribbing for strength.
A top dollar collar
Just like the other seams, we’ve secured the neckline with a twin-stitch. That’ll help keep your head screwed on.
A slim fit T-shirt is rarely a good look, even for the more chiselled among us. The cut is straight and tailored but still allows you some wriggle room. A classic length-to-width ratio in the body, and sleeves you can roll up or leave down.
We all have those T-shirts we once wore proudly, but now are so faded they’ll only do as pyjamas, or to wear for a spot of decorating. To guard against that we dye the cotton in rolls before the T-Shirt’s assembled. That’s the best way of ensuring colour fastness.
We use certified organic cotton, so no GMOs or pesticides. It’s safer for the environment, the wildlife, the workers, and you. Organic cotton crops consume 25 times less water.
To sum up
Two years of R&D went into our organic cotton T-Shirt, to make sure it would have the lowest impact possible. It’s durable, classic, and it won’t twist, fade or lose its shape. You couldn’t ask for much more from a t-shirt.
Let it tee
What goes into making your T-Shirt.
The materials have traveled a total of 12,610 km (8,735 miles) from field to doormat.
Production of raw materials
Cooperative farming India
Social and environmental certification : Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Spinning of raw material
Tamil Nadu, India.
Social certifications: ISO 45001
Environmental certifications: OCS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, ISO 50001, ISO 14001 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights. Product certification: ISO 90001
Long time partner of our knitting and garment producers, and have earned their full trust as well as ours.
Knitting and garment make
Eigui North of Portugal
Social certifications: BSCI Grade D
Environmental certification: OEKO-TEX Standard 100
We visit the factory to see first hand how they treat their workers and commitment to technical developments that help protect the environment and complement their great know-how and passion for knitwear.
North of Portugall, close to Eigui.
Environmental certifications: OCS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights. The cotton is dyed by one of Eigui’s long-time partners nearby.
North of Portugal
Environmental certifications: OCS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
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 T-shirt we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
equivalent to 110 kms travelled by car.
equivalent to 3 showers lasting 5 min each.
equivalent to 53 kms travelled by electric car.
You won't need to take 5, but here they are.
Classic, needs no introduction
No soucis !
We deliver worldwide. For orders in Europe, we charge a flat fee of 6€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries to the rest of the world, the cost is calculated on the weight and destination automatically at checkout.
Easy changes of size
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.
It's a risk-free investment
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.
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.