The Denim Shirt
- 100% Japanese denim from Okayama
- Hardwearing details and a quality wash
- Made in Portugal with a tailored fit
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Don’t Doubt Denim
You’ll get a lot of wear out of this shirt.
A dab hand at denim
Ill fitting or poorly cut
Flimsy, low quality denim
Either too thin or too thick (it’s a tightrope)
Buttons that ping off into oblivion
Like jeans for your upper body!
Jeans and Japan go hand-in-hand
Japan is synonymous with top notch denim. We went there to source the denim for our Ultimate Jeans, so of course we returned for the Denim Shirt. It’s from Japan Blue Co. via the Nomura Mill in Okayama. Maybe that’s all Japanese to you, if so, you’ll have to take our word for it that it’s an assurance of quality.
Middleweight champion of the world
Some denims are stiff, coarse and heavy, while others are lightweight and flimsy. Ours is neither. At 240 g/m2, it’s what we think is the perfect weight. Comfortable, durable, and good all year round.
Denim is a matter of personal preference. Some like deep, dark indigo denim, while others like the worn-in-and-washed-out variety. We’re catering for both crowds. Our Rinse version uses a very light wash to preserve the denim’s colour, while the Stone version will look like you’ve owned it for years.
Like a glove
We might sound like a broken record, but fit is everything. We can’t have you going about your business in a badly fitting shirt now, can we? For the Denim Shirt, we’ve used the same fit as our Button-Down Oxford, which we’ve perfected over time based on your feedback.
In? Out? Shake it all about?
Just like the wash of your denim, whether or not you tuck in your shirt is a highly contentious issue. And once again we’re playing the peacemakers by making our shirt long enough to tuck in, but not so long that it looks like a kaftan if you’re more of an untucked kind of guy.
The Days of Pearly Spencer
You might not give much thought to the buttons on your shirt, but you certainly notice if they’re cheap plastic that breaks after a few spins in the machine. For the Denim Shirt we’ve selected some rather nice mother of pearl buttons, made by Italian manufacturer Uniesse.
Button down the hatches
Collars on denim shirts can quite quickly lose their shape and look a bit scruffy. But not so with ours. We’ve used the same neat 7cm point, fused button-down collar you’ll find on our Oxfords, which is always where you want it to be.
Some denim shirts have two chest pockets, but to create a modern, minimal effect we’ve gone with just the one. A classic pointed patch pocket, right where you need it to be.
Regulars will know that a lot of the world’s shirt shamans live in Portugal, and we’ve got a direct line to them. For this one we enlisted the help of our friends over Caetano. Safe pair of hands.
Rinse and repeat
What goes into making your Denim Shirt?
The materials have travelled a total of 34,555 km (21,471 miles) from field to doormat.
Production of raw materials
YAMACHU SPINNING Japan
SAKAMOTO DENIM Japan
YAMAASHI ORIMONO Japan
BITTYUU SENKOU Japan
CAETANO FLS Portugal
Environmental certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Social certification: BSCI
Environmental certification: OCS, GRS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100
Social certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
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 Denim Shirt we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 140 kms (or 87 miles) travelled by car.
Equivalent to 72 five min showers.
Equivalent to 36 hours of electric heating (in average appartment).
3 colors available, no easy choices
Denim with most of the dye kept in.
Deliveries & exchanges
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.
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.