The Heavy Chinos
- 100% organic cotton
- Durable Italian fabric
- Tailored fit, made in Portugal
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Heavy-duty chinos, made from organic cotton
Serious trousers, made to last
What you didn’t want
Colours fade too quickly
The fabric is too flimsy
They wear out at the crotch
They stretch and lose their shape
The full story
As you’ve probably guessed, our Heavy Chinos are made from heavy fabric. Our organic cotton twill weighs in at 310gsm—that’s 50gsm heavier than our Light Chinos, but still light enough for everyday wear. Unless your name’s Galahad, anything bordering on ‘medieval armour territory’ is perhaps a bit excessive.
We don’t like to take any chances, so our fabric is densely woven with a double-twisted yarn. This basically means that each thread is made from two smaller threads twisted together, meaning the fabric will hold its shape. Think of it like Kojak—suave, yet stern. No lollipops though, sorry.
Tough trousers can sometimes be tough on your skin—made from coarse canvas that’s about as comfy as a potato sack. You’ll be pleased to hear that’s not the case with these. Our fabric has been given a ‘peach skin’ finish for a super-soft handle that feels ace. Your legs will thank you.
Our Heavy Chinos have what we’d call a tailored, modern fit. They’ve got plenty of room in the thighs, but taper down for a sharp, slim shape. They’re not skinny, but you certainly won’t be snagging them next time you reach the top of an escalator either.
TO DYE FOR
The sands of time can be cruel to chinos, and even the brightest tones can fade fast. Not here though. We dyed our fabric in rolls for a rich tone that won’t wash away at the first sight of a washing machine.
Three might be the magic number, but when it comes to Chinos, even Paul Daniels would have to agree that four pockets is just right. Ours have two on the front with reinforced bags, and then two low-profile welted pockets on the back. What you put in them is up to you.
To back up that heavy cotton, we made sure our details were fully up to scratch. That meant bartacks on the pocket entries and the belt loops, and double-stitched seams. These are both classic work-wear details, and although we don’t expect you’ll be building a barn whilst wearing our Chinos, it’s nice to know you probably could.
The classic YKK zip is the last word in heavy-duty zippage, so it was an obvious choice for our Heavy Chinos. After all, why settle for ‘just OK’, when you can have YKK?
BUILT TO BE WORN
Thanks to that combination of tough fabric and clean design, the Heavy Chinos might just be the perfect year-around trousers—and they work just as well with boots and a big jacket as they do with tennis shoes and an Oxford shirt.
FOR WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH
What goes into making your Heavy Chinos. The materials have travelled a total of 12,215 km (7,590 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperative India
Social and environmental certifications : Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
SGL Filati Italy
Social and environmental certifications : BCI and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Social and environmental certification: STEP by OEKO-TEX and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Varano Borghi 1813 SRL Italy
Social and environmental certification: Standard 100 OEKO-TEX and an extra certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Expotime SA Portugal
Social and environmental certifications : CSB
Social and environmental certifications: Standard 100 OEKO-TEX, OCS, GRS and an extra 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 pair of Heavy Chinos we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
168km (104 miles) by car
3 x 5 min showers.
51 h of heating (average apartment).
A HEAVY CREW
The classic chino hue, there’s nothing boring about this beige.
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 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.
Satisfied or your money back
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.
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.