The Winter Overshirt

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  • 100% Mulesing-free wool
  • Soft vintage feel
  • Sharp, tailored fit made in Portugal
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What you didn’t want for Winter.

1

Big and baggy shape

2

Thick, unwieldy fabric

3

Seriously itchy wool

4

Low quality material

The Hit List

WHERE THERE’S A WOOL, THERE’S A WAY

Wool has been used to make overshirts for well over a century now, and it’s still the ideal material to keep Jack Frost at bay. Weighing in at 325g/m2, our wool is in that nice ‘Goldilocks approved’ middle ground. It’s nice and warm, without being heavy and cumbersome.

A BRUSH WITH SUCCESS

Our wool has been brushed for a soft, worn-in texture that mere photographs, words, HD videos and even lossless FLAC files struggle to do justice to. We even added a lining to the sleeves as per your request. As usual, we trusted you on this, we were right, it feels good.

LIVE AND LET DYE

The Navy and Red Overshirts were dyed using a process called ‘piece dyeing’, whilst the Charcoal Overshirt was yarn-dyed. Both methods give strong, rich hues which won’t fade away, lost in time, like tears in rain.

FIT FOR PURPOSE

Vintage hunting shirts often have short sleeves and a boxy shape. Ideal for Elmer Fudd, but no good for anyone else, so we brought ours up to date with a tailored fit. It’s not super baggy, but there’s still plenty of room to get a jumper under it—this is an overshirt, after all. Now, where are those wascally wabbits?

SOUND THE HORN

Our buttons are made of horn. Why? Well, not only does this natural material look ace—with a unique pattern yet to be replicated by the robotic arm of technology—but it’s supremely tough too. Wave goodbye to the broken button blues.

LESS IS MORE

Some overshirts can be a bit overdesigned, with countless pockets, hooks and clasps that never, ever get used. All well and good if you’re J.R. Hartley, heading out for a spot of fly fishing, but for the rest of us, two chest pockets are more than enough to carry a day’s worth of stuff. Your content is secured with lined flaps and stylish horn buttons. It looks a lot cleaner, too.

SEND IN THE REINFORCEMENTS

Overshirts are a classic work-wear design, so it’s only right that ours is built to last. We added a shoulder yoke panel and triple stitching to stop any backpack related wear-and-tear, and also bolstered those front patch pockets with double stitching to keep them firmly affixed.

THE OVERSHIRT OVERLORDS

Our Winter Overshirt is made by J. Caetona in Portugal. Founded in 1973, this factory has a long history of high-quality production—if you managed to bag one of our Corduroy Overshirts, you’ll know why we’re such big fans.

MADE TO BE WORN

Thanks to its genre-defyin’, boundary breakin’ nature, our Winter Overshirt will get a lot of use. Wear it over a sweatshirt whilst you’re collecting conkers—layer it under a down jacket when you’re struggling to shovel the snow from your drive. In the words of Jonathan Ross, it’s weally wearable.

A Winter Winner

The road to winter

What goes into making your Winter Overshirt. The materials have travelled a total of 25,222 km (15,672 miles) from field to doormat.

Raw material

Farming cooperatives Australia and Uruguay

Dyeing

India

Spinning

India

Weaving

Tessilbiella Italy

Environmental certifications: FSC, 4sustainability® - Chemicals, NATIVA

Washing

Iride Italy

Production

J. Caetano Portugal

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

16.9 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 174 kms (108 miles) by car.

7.8 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 130 kg of potatoes.

176 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 59.5h of heating (avg. flat).

Take your pick

NAVY

Like a classic naval CPO shirt. Battleship sold separately.

NO SWEAT

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 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.

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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