The Zip Jacket



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  • A tidy length with a tailored cut
  • Available in two summer-weight fabrics
  • Sturdy collar and ultra-durable YKK zipper




How your other lightweight jackets fell flat


The cut was all over the place


The colours faded


They were too warm


The pockets weren’t practical

Leave your coats at the door

When’s a jacket a jacket, and not a coat? It’s a philosophical quandary we at Asphalte toyed with for years before settling the matter: a jacket stops at your waist. It might sound obvious, but length’s a major failing in many warm-weather hopefuls. A summer jacket should be tidy, practical, lightweight and… well, not a coat. We nailed step one, but we’re just getting started…

Late passes at the ready

We all know the feeling: a glorious spring day out’s looking like rolling into the evening. No one’s ready for home, the night’s young, but the first ripple of goosebumps just ran up your forearm and it’s only 5.30 pm… Do you grin and bear it for six more hours? Suggest finding a spot inside and risk starting an exodus for home? Hard choices. This is where a lightweight jacket saves the day. Ours specifically.

Denim done right

The 12oz denim version of our Zip Jacket’s made by the stand-up guys at Candiani. They’ve been making jeans since 1938, just outside Milan. Why did we choose them? Well — on top of 80-plus years of denim expertise — they’re just as interested in sustainability as we are. Regenerative agriculture? Check. Organic denim? Check. Top spec summer-weight denim jacket? Most definitely.

Cotton à la Française

Perhaps you aren’t the denim jacket sort, but don’t fret: the Zip Jacket also comes in a 100% cotton twill version. The ideally weighted, breezy 240g/m2 material’s provided by Telatex, the French fabric maestros, with 160 years of experience in making hardwearing clobber.

Cut to the chase, or to the pub garden

Getting the materials right was only part of the challenge. A mid-season jacket needs to be tidy. We cut ours on the short side, with a slightly tailored take-in at the sides. We even built in a subtly elasticated waist at the back, meaning you’ll enjoy freedom of movement whether you’re cycling along the promenade or balancing a tray of seven G&Ts.

Turn up whenever…

No sloppy-placket-peril here: we took time with this collar. We went for lightly rounded edges with carefully studied proportions, opting for some light fusing. That means it’ll have the strength to pull off a cavalier James Dean-esque turn-up, or the wherewithal to hold the fort down in a summer breeze.

Pockets worthy of the name

Some designers seem to think that warm weather means people stop locking their doors and paying for stuff. We know better. So we fitted out the Zip Jacket with a button-fastened inside pocket and two side pockets big enough for non-Borrower bits and bobs. We even designed them so that they won’t spew your valuables across the floor the moment you take a seat. Novel, right?

A zip for the ages

Look at us. We nearly got to the end of our write-up without mentioning the Zip Jacket’s zip. Needless to say, we weren’t going to let down the lovingly-sourced, impeccably-weighted materials and seriously suave shape with a slip-shod zipper. We called in the ever-reliable YKK zip, it’s seriously solid top to bottom.

Your new mid-season signing

We’re assuming you get the picture. A tidily-cut, lightweight, midseason jacket that’ll keep you warm when the evening settles on your long weekenders. Denim’s on point. Cotton’s flawless. Pockets’ll hold stuff. Collar’ll stay put. Job done, really.

All the production steps for your Zip Jacket

What goes into making your Zip Jacket?

For the cotton twill version, the materials have travelled a total of 23,265 km (14,475 miles) from field to doormat.

Organic cotton (harvest, preparation and spinning)

Tanzania and Benin

Spinning, dyeing, weaving and finish

Cervotessile SPA (cotton twill) Italy

Labels : RCS, FCS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, OCS, GRS

Garment make

Cortextil Portugal

Garment make

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

8.99 kg

of CO2 emitted

The equivalent of 92.7 km (57.6 miles) by car.

0.31 g

of phosphor released in the water

The equivalent of growing 5.2 kg of apples.

122,42 MJ

energy depletion

The equivalent of 41,4 h of heating (in avg. flat).


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.


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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