The Wool Work Jacket

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  • Pure new wool from Portugal
  • 4 pockets and durable features
  • Knitted, dyed and produced in Portugal
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Burel is a name you should know

We sourced the wool for this one from Burel in Portugal. They make a special sort of woollen cloth native to the Portuguese highlands, using traditional techniques. Get your mitts on one of these jackets and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.

A Portuguese product

Not only do Burel weave the fabric, they dye and finish it, too. It’s a Portuguese product, from start to finish.

Good enough for shepherds

This kind of wool has been worn by shepherds in Portugal for centuries. Shepherds spend all their time outside, so they should know a good all-weather fabric when they see one. It’ll keep you warm, certainly, but with excellent water resistance, it will also keep you dry.

Sheep shape

We’re not too sure what sort of clothes the shepherds made out of this tip-top fabric, but we’re imagining big shapeless cloaks or something like that. We’ve gone in the opposite direction to that, with a neat, tailored fit.

Pockets aplenty

That’s quite enough about shepherds, let’s talk about pockets. We’ve stuck three big patch pockets on the outside of the jacket, and one on the inside. That should give you plenty of room for your phone, your keys, your hands.

Grown-up buttons

Details matter, and the importance of good buttons should never be overlooked. Nothing but genuine horn would do the trick here. They’re super hard-wearing and look a treat, too.

Weight just a minute

Let’s go back to that marvellous fabric for a sec. No one likes a flimsy jacket, so we weighed up our options and went for a whopping 600g/m2 fabric. You’ll certainly know when you’re wearing it.

Let’s talk thermoregulation

But just because it’s heavy, doesn’t mean you’ll overheat. Wool is basically a natural performance fabric, and has excellent thermoregulation properties, meaning you’ll always be the right temperature.

And where was it made? Where else…

Given that the wool was woven, dyed and finished in Portugal, it only made sense to make the jacket there, too. Apart from anything else, it means the materials had a lot less travelling to do. Our pals over at Carjobel did the honours.

Texture that’s a bit tasty.

The next station is: Wool Work Jacket Junction.

What goes into making your Wool Work Jacket. The materials have travelled a total of 1,759 km (974 miles) from field to doormat.

Raw material

Serra Da Estrela Shepherds Portugal

Washing and dyeing

Portugal

Spinning

Trendburel Portugal

Weaving

Trendburel Portugal

Garment make

Carjobel Portugal

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

29.3 kg

of CO2 emitted

Equivalent to 532 km (330 miles) travelled by car.

27.5 g

of phosphor released in the water

Equivalent to growing 458 kg of potatoes.

230 MJ

energy depletion

Equivalent to 78 h of heating (avg. flat).

And what about colours?

Midnight Blue

Classy, classic, slightly mysterious.

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 to the rest of the world, the cost is calculated on the weight and destination automatically at checkout.

Easy to change your 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.

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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