The Turtleneck


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  • Pure mulesing-free Merino wool
  • Durable collar and unshrinkable Italian yarn
  • Knitted in Portugal



The timeless Turtleneck

Since the Turtleneck first appeared on the fashion scene in the 1920s, it has been worn by many of our most revered icons. From Will Smith to David Bowie to Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis, Muhammed Ali and David Beckham, the world has been shown that the Turtleneck is not going out of fashion anytime soon.

So here at Asphalte we thought we’d get in on the fun and help you lot look just as good as those guys.

The people have spoken, here's what to avoid based on previous experiences :


They pill


The collar starts gaping


They lose their shape


They itch

It’s all about attention to detail

First time’s a charm

We’ve already released the Turtleneck twice in France and it’s gone down a storm both times, so we decided we couldn’t deprive you guys of having this garment in your lives. But now, we’re bringing it out in 2 fantastic new colours. Oh, we do spoil you sometimes.

Wear it like the Fresh Prince

We’ve made our Turtleneck with a tailored fit, to ensure that as well as fulfilling all of your wildest dreams about the practicality of the piece, it also looks really good. And we must say that this Turtleneck looks particularly dashing under a suit jacket or peacoat.

Unshrinkable yarn

Yes, we really just said that. And yes, we mean it. We finished the Turtleneck with a process called Total Easy Care 4.0, which means you can put it in the washing machine at 30°C and it won’t shrink at all.

Please mind the gape

Except you won’t have to with this Turtleneck, because there won’t be any gaping, even after continuous wear. The collar is a 1x1 tight knit which helps it retain its shape, and the collar base has a flat stitch which means it’s more flexible when passing over your head, but durable enough to stop it stretching.

It’s a wonderful world of wool

The Turtleneck is made with pure Merino wool, which is thinner and softer than the regular stuff, and the fibres naturally regulate body temperature. Basically, it’s a breathable material that also keeps you warm. And thanks to our fantastic wool provider, we know that our wool comes from growers who are mindful of people, the environment and animal welfare.

Tested and proven

You know how we like to be quite pernickety about things when it comes to making clothes for you. So we didn’t want to claim that our Turtleneck wouldn’t pill without properly testing it first. Thanks to the Milano stitch we’ve used, which also gives the Turtleneck better elasticity, it scored ⅘ in the pilling tests.

Weighing in nicely

This isn’t your thick, baggy, grandma’s-knitted-me-a-jumper turtleneck. This is your stylish, tailored top which is great for any occasion. However, it’s November, and it’s going to get cold. So we wanted to ensure the Turtleneck was thick enough, without being chunky. All of that translated into 560g. Heavy enough to feel cosy, light enough to wear under jackets.

Produced by the experts

After our wool was treated by the trusted Italians, we sent the fine yarn to Portugal where the Turtleneck was made. The masterminds at Lipimalhas included tight ribbing throughout to ensure it won’t lose its shape.

Less waste, better clothing

On top of making an exceptional piece of clothing, our friends in Portugal also fully fashioned the Turtleneck. That’s a technical term that means the garment was made in a way which reduces waste significantly. All in all, we think this Turtleneck sounds like a winner.

You could really cut a dash with this look.

Follow that yarn

What goes into making your Turtleneck? The materials have travelled a total of 18,843 km (11,708 miles) from field to doormat.

Raw material

Farming cooperatives South Africa

Environmental certification: Abelusi Wool

Every farm in the cooperative is known and tracked.


Mediterranean Wool Industries S.A. Egypt

Environmental certifications: RWS

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


Tollegno 1900 Italy

Environmental certifications: RWS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, ISO 14001

Tollegno 1900 have been around since...yes you guessed it 1900. That doesn't stop them from being forward thinking. They're our go-to spinners and their yarn is nothing less but top quality.


Tollegno 1900 Italy

Environmental certifications: RWS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, ISO 14001

Knitting and garment make

Lilpimalhas Portugal

Social certifications : SMETA

Environmental certifications: Lipimalhas have been making knitwear for over 20 years. Our Turtlenecks are fully fashioned, which the panels are cut to the garment measurements, which means less waste and produces knitwear with finer seams.


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

17.3 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 178 kms (110 miles) by car.

14 g

of phosphor released in the water

Equivalent to growing 235Kg of potatoes.

140 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 47h of heating (in average flat).

Here’s four strong shades to choose from


The perfect color to off-set a dark jacket and brighten up your winter outfits.


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, the cost is 9€ 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

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.

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