This is one serious bit of knitwear
If you’re dreading the thought of the imminent winter season, then we have two words for you: chunky knitwear. Yes, the days might be getting darker, colder, and wetter, but there are upsides. Namely winter clothes. Don’t get us wrong, there are a lot of great things you can wear in the summer months, but a linen shirt, a lightweight jumper, or a simple tee just can’t compare to a jumper that weighs almost an entire kilogram. So, while one door closes – the door to beach trips, impromptu picnics, and al fresco dining – another opens: the door to proper clothes. Proper clothes like the Thick Turtleneck jumper.
A few pitfalls to navigate, but thankfully we had you lot, our trusty guides, to tell us what to look out for :
Wool that’s both itchy and scratchy
The fit is naff
Bobbling – enough said
Doesn’t keep its shape
Full speed ahead!
Aussie does it
We like to think we know good merino when we see it. And this is good merino. Coming all the way from Australia this is wondrous wool. And that’s only the beginning of the journey.
Here’s my card
The raw wool is shipped from Australia to Italy, where the good people at Papi Fabio process it. The first step is for the wool to be carded, which basically means that cards are used to brush the fibres until they’re all aligned, setting it up to be super soft.
That carded wool is then spun, dyed, and finished, again by Papi Fabio. They’re a talented bunch. The natural quality of the wool and the way it is processed allows for the yarn to be extra fine, which creates a result that is not only soft but smooth, too.
And speaking of smooth, we’ve been careful to minimise the chances of bobbling. Whenever we ask you what you want from a piece of knitwear, banishing the bobble is always high on the list. This jumper will stay as smooth as the day it reaches you.
The weight of the world
With all that talk of extra fine yarn, you might think that this jumper was shaping up to be on the lightweight side after all. Think again. The Thick Turtleneck packs in a whopping 880 grams of wool, making it more than a little bit substantial.
Roll with it
A jumper with credentials this beefy needs a collar to match. Modelled on classic submariner jumpers, the Thick Turtleneck has a chunky roll neck collar, which comes up nice and high to keep those pesky draughts out.
No nonsense knit
The jumper is constructed in a chunky rib knit, which practically screams ‘rugged.’ You probably aren’t going to captain a submarine while wearing this jumper – if ever – but it’s nice to know you could.
Things are shaping up
That rib knit has the added benefit of making sure the jumper keeps its shape. This is one densely knitted bit of kit, meaning you don’t have to worry about it stretching out and losing its shape. And it helps that the fit is spot on to start with.
Portugal is the place
The name Lipimalhas might not mean an awful lot to you, but in the knitwear game they are titans. They’ve already helped us turn the Polo Jumper from your dreams into reality, and they’ve done it again with the Thick Turtleneck. The items they produce are as reliable as they are.
Through thick and thin
Captain, we’re picking up something on the radar. It’s heading this way.
What goes into making your Thick Turtleneck. The materials have travelled a total of 32,488 km (20,187 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperatives Australia
Certified mulesing-free which means you can rest assured that this wool was collected respecting the sheep's welfare.
Gruppo Colle Italy
Social certifications : GRS
Environmental certifications : GRS, RWS, Standard 100 Oekotex and a certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Papi Fabio Italy
Social certifications : GRS
Environmental certifications : GRS, RWS
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 Thick Turtleneck we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it :
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 252 km (156 miles) travelled by car.
of phosphor released in the water
Equivalent to growing 322 kg of potatoes.
Equivalent to 71 h of heating (avg. flat).
It might be the first time anyone’s ever described you as ‘dashing.’
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 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.
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.