The Western Shirt

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  • Japanese denim
  • Authentic details
  • Tailored fit made in Portugal
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The Perfect Pardner

An American standard, made in Europe from Japanese denim

What you didn’t want

1

Poor fit

2

Low quality denim

3

The piece isn’t truly vintage

4

Buttons that don’t hold

The Full Roundup  

Sharp shape

The first Western Shirts were intentionally long to help them stay fully tucked during long and bumpy trips on horseback. Maybe a useful detail a century ago—but a bit unnecessary in the age of Ubers and Oyster cards—so we trimmed things down a touch for a more tailored, contemporary fit that works well both tucked and flying free.

True blue

A really good Western Shirt needs to be made from really good denim. Ours comes from the world-renowned Collect mill in Kojima. It’s made on vintage shuttle looms which work a lot slower than modern machines, giving it a soft and slubby texture that’s missing from mass-produced denim.

Don’t get heavy

Denim weight—it’s one of life’s great quandaries, isn’t it? Too light, and it wears through—too heavy, and things can get uncomfortable. 240g/m2 is just right. It’s hearty enough to be worn year-round, without that ‘medieval chain-mail’ feel that some thick denim can have. 

Sharp ‘n’ subtle

Unless you’re Porter Wagoner, you probably want to avoid the full ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ look, so we kept things subtle and the details strictly functional. That means no embroidered cacti and no leather fringes—just that high-class denim and some tried and tested features. When a shirt looks this good, no bells, whistles or lucky horseshoes are needed.

You gotta be yoking

That pointed shoulder yoke is another trademark feature you were keen to keep. Years ago it stopped the shoulders wearing through whilst lugging ropes around, today it adds a bit of extra reinforcement for when you’re hauling home a canvas tote bag filled with avocados and halloumi.

Fully functional

We don’t really need to explain how useful pockets are. Yep, you can put things in them, keeping your hands free to operate door handles, play pianos and do that ‘trapped in a glass box’ mime routine. Our pockets have press-stud closures—to keep your possessions from flying out, and are bartacked in place so things stay sturdy.

Make it snappy

Snap closures are a classic Western-wear detail, originally designed so they could be undone quickly if a shirt got snagged on a fence or caught in a saddle. Times might have changed, but these press studs still come in handy—making struggling with fiddly buttons a thing of the past.

The holy trinity

Considering how nice that swanky Japanese denim looks, we thought it was only right to let the fabric do the talking. No wild and wacky colours here—just three tasteful tones that’ll always work—two tasteful washes and a bit of white denim for the Miami Vice fans. 

How the west was worn

Whether worn with a pair of selvedge jeans for the classic Canadian Tuxedo (just look at some old photos of Robert Redford for inspiration), or under a suit like a young Ralph Lauren, the Western Shirt adds a tasteful bit of American flavour to any outfit. 

The Best in the West

Traceability

What goes into making your Western Shirt?

The materials have travelled a total of 34,555 km (21,471 miles) from field to doormat.

Production of raw materials

Cooperative farming Zimbabwe

Spinning of raw material

Yamachu spinning CO. LTD Japan

Dyeing 

Sakamoto denim LTD Japan

Weaving

Yamaashi Orimono CO. LTD Japan


The mill still works with the original Toyoda shuttle looms from the '60s, that slow jam the denim like no other.

Fabric finish

Bittyuu Senkou Japan

Garment make

JCaetano Portugal


Environmental certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Social certification: BSCI

Washes

Pizarro Portugal


Environmental certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Social certification: BSCI

Transport

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

8.16 kg

of CO2 emitted

Equivalent to 148 kms (or 92 miles) travelled by car.

4,902 L

water consumption

Equivalent to 72 five min showers.

118 MJ

energy depletion

Equivalent to 40 hours of electric heating (in average appartment).

The Three Amigos

Rinse

Tastefully washed for that ‘ranch worn’ vibe

Deliveries & exchanges

Delivery costs

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 changes of size

If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe, these are free. For countries in the rest of the world, we ask you to pay the return cost 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.

Satisfied or your money back

It costs nothing to try

If you ever change your mind or the product doesn't meet your expectations when you receive it, all you have to do is send it back unworn and we'll refund you. Easy.

The team

Four of us started Asphalte back in 2016. With a few years of experience in fashion under our belts, we wanted to make clothes, but not just any old clothes. Well-made clothes, designed to last, using great materials and made in good conditions. The guys we wanted to kit were our mates, who liked clothes but who weren't willing to go all out on a pair of jeans. We send them a survey to find out what they expected from a brand. Their answers were so enlightening that we opened the questionnaires up to everyone. Best decision we ever made.

Since then, you've been at the start of every clothes we make. We ask for your opinion on a product before we get busy with the design process, and that's the way forward for us.

We're not here to reinvent the wheel. We're here to make your wardrobe classics with the best materials and the best manufacturers. Above all, we're here to make things simple, stuff that you'll still be able to wear in ten years' time.

Over the last 4 years, we've gradually put together the dream team to make it happen on a larger scale. Today, there are 45 of us working to make your favourite clothes, in a quality that was once reserved for a handful of men.

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