The Tough Trousers


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  • 100% organic cotton
  • Hard-wearing comfortable canvas, produced in France
  • A tidy, straight-leg fit crafted in Portugal
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The most common problems you'd had with your workwear slacks in the past?


They weren’t as hard-wearing as expected


The cut was too baggy


The fabric was shoddy


Comfort was nowhere to be seen

Workwear in progress

Serious Hard Cases

Hopefully you know this by now, but we aren’t the types to call something ‘tough’ if we don’t mean it. So, rest assured, we made these seriously hard-wearing. Created with classic workwear credentials in mind and constructed from heavy-duty, 360g/m2 duck canvas, the Tough Trousers will take a beating and keep coming back for more. Unlike those floppy army surplus combats you’ve been tempted by in the past, these have serious staying power and a tidy cut all sewn up.

Plain sailing

The material’s two thick weft threads and two thick warp threads do the trick when it comes to hardiness, like a fabric tag team designed expressly to keep your slacks in business. It’s a material so double-hard they used to make sails from it in the old days. As a bonus, the weave lends the material a lovely texture. Plain sailing as far as longevity goes.

Stone wash soft

‘Hard-wearing’ shouldn’t mean ‘hard-to-wear’. We gave our duck canvas a prewash to make it feel great from the first wear. Stone washing might sound intense, but it makes the fabric softer, booting that fresh-out-of-the-box finish into touch, and making this some seriously comfy, and soft canvas. Thank you, stones.

The French touch

The duck canvas we used for these is made by Telatex. These guys are the French fabric maestros, with 160 years of experience in making seriously sturdy, technical materials. We think that sort of CV’s pretty reassuring when it comes to your trousers... Consider these hi-spec kecks.

Workwear oomph, plus a tidy cut

You know how much we love workwear heritage... but being ambitious folks we wanted to meld the work trousers’ robust credentials with a neat, comfortable fit for the modern man. The Tough Trousers pay tribute to those ultra-durable duck canvas slacks of old while updating the look with a tidy fit that brings you the comfort of tailored jeans with all the outdoorsy appeal of a fresh, fireside brew on a mountain top.

No stress

Unlike a lot of clothes out there posing as tough guys, these have been put to the test, and came out on top in all rounds. They scored a stonking 4/5 on the rub and post-wash budging tests, and a knockout 5/5 for pilling. Tough by name, tough by...

Bags of quality

Pockets shouldn’t be an afterthought, especially not on trousers built with comfort and durability joint top of the priority list. We put a lot of work into ours, with riveted Italian-style pockets including a ticket pocket for stashing all those...OK, that one’s a nod to tradition. We also added two welt pockets on the back with a pointy 6.5cm flap. The reinforced organic cotton pocket bags, made by the experts at Cervotessile, add more workwear cred without denting the comfort factor.


We already mentioned these were tough, right? Well, in case you had any doubts, let us get into the nitty-gritty... The waist and the fork are designed to allow for heavy lifting, employing the same tricks that make our Jeans such fan favourites. We went with three zamak metal buttons on a canvas button fly with brass rivets, six belt loops securely fastened with stop points, and bartacks around the inside leg…Tough we said. Tough we meant.

Ready for anything, for years to come

Robust canvas manufactured by the experts, lovingly prepared with minds on both comfort and durability: the Tough Trousers are a respectful nod to the no-nonsense workwear of old, with a slick, comfortable cut that allows you to wear them for just about anything. For years to come.

All the production steps for your Tough Trousers

What goes into making your Tough Trousers. The materials have travelled a total of 11,444 km (7,111 miles) from field to doormat.

Harvesting and ginning of organic cotton



TMT - Tissage Mouline Thillot France

Environmental certifications: Organic material certification


Filatures et Tissages Des Vosges France

Organic material certification

Dyeing and finish

MAT - Teintures & Apprêts France

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


C.M. Borges Portugal


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 pair of Tough Trousers we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:

4.9 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 50.5 kms (31.3 miles) by car.

4.4 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 72.9 kg of apples.

108.8 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 44.2h 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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