The problems with T-shirts in general.
You seem to be interested in the project because 7,226 of you answered our questionnaire and you spent an average of nine minutes on it. Thanks everyone. When you add all that up, that makes more than 1,000 hours that you spent giving us a hand. And it really was a big help.
Basically, here's what you had to say about your T-shirts:
Jersey is the knit that most T-shirts are made in. Except that, very often, it's rather flimsy and not really hard-wearing. Whereas ours has a thickness of 220g/m2 compared to 150g/m2 for your common T-shirt. That will make the fabric last longer and your T-shirt won't be flapping round your knees in a few weeks time.
A FULL PROGRAMME
To make sure that you don't end up with the side seam round by your navel, we worked directly with the knitting engineers on the programming of their machines. We carried out dozens of tests in the factory and in an independent laboratory. The tests are unanimous, seam slippage after washing: 0.2%. Broadly, it doesn't become misshapen.
THE REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED
To be really sure that it's well constructed, we cut a straight strip of jersey, i.e. so the knit has no elasticity. And then, we fixed it to the shoulder seams and the sides. That makes sure they stay put. And to be really sure, we secured the whole lot with a double row of topstitching. Nothing moves.
NO ROOM FOR WONKINESS
We're not big fans of wonky necks. So, there are not just one, or two, but three thicknesses in ours. We've got one layer of jersey sandwiched between two layers of very close-knit 1/1 ribbing. A solid, chunky assembly for a neck that's up to the job.
A NECKLINE WITH STYLE
And to make sure that the neck loosens less rapidly, we've fixed it to the neckline with a double row of topstitching. This is the most we can do to strengthen the assembly but still make sure you can get your head through.
It's a long time since you wore your T-shirts tight-fitting. When it comes to the cut, it's straight. Relaxed. And as for the sleeves, we've got exactly the right ratio of width to length so you can wear them as normal or rolled up.
COLOUR IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A T-shirt that fades is a T-shirt that you can only wear for chilling on the sofa on Sundays. We want you to wear ours every day and long into the future. So, to make sure it doesn't fade, we dye the fabric in rolls before the T-shirt is made. That way, the colours don't go AWOL after two washes.
ON POINT AND ORGANIC
The cotton we use for our T-shirt is organic. This means that it's grown with respect for people and the environment. No GMOs or pesticides are used. So, it doesn't pollute the water or the earth. And we're not endangering the health of the farmers, nor yours, nor yet that of the bees and their mates. What's more, it requires 25% less water than intensive cotton growing.
ONLY JERSEY WILL DO
This T-shirt represents two years of research, of testing and of work. It's a beautiful organic T-shirt that's kind to the planet and the people who live on it. It's a good T-shirt that won't become warped or misshapen, won't fade and won't twist. You can wear it almost every day and long into the future.
Wear it the way you want to
IT'S COTTON AND IT'S GOTS
Our cotton is harvested and spun in India and its GOTS certified. This means that our spinning mill is committed to offering its employees steady work with no discrimination and no child labour. This also means that it uses less energy and water compared to conventional agriculture. And lastly, it doesn't use any harmful chemical products. This cotton is clean cotton.
Once the cotton has been spun, it's sent to Portugal where its knitted at Eigui's place. We've been to see them and learned all about their savoir-faire and passion for the development of new knits. They're very innovative and are always up for a challenge. Everything we like to see.
DYED IN PORTUGAL
Between the knitting of the jersey and the final manufacture of the T-shirt, we send the rolls to a dyer, not far from Eigui's workshop in Portugal. Using this process, the colour stands up better than if we had dyed the T-shirts after their manufacture.
Both our knitter/manufacturer, Eigui and our dyer are OEKO-TEX certified. This certification isn't compulsory in Europe, but it's pretty cool because it certifies that the manufacturers are not using any products that are harmful to either your health or theirs.
A choice of six colours:
The summer favourite.
The reliable basic.
The one that makes you think of fine, warm sand.
Handy for hiding out in the forest.
A dark and luminous blue straight from the Navy.
Deliveries & exchanges
We deliver worldwide. For France, delivery costs €6, whether you buy one, two, three or four T-shirts. Shipping costs within and outside Europe are calculated automatically according to the weight of the order and the destination.
EASY CHANGES OF SIZE
Obviously, you can change size if it doesn't fit. Exchanges are free in France, but for other countries, you pay for the return but we cover the new delivery. For the French provinces and international deliveries, we use the postal service. And for Parisians, it's even easier. You can ask for a change of size via your customer account and a courier will roll up to bring you the right size and collect the wrong one. Fast, free and no need to go and queue in the post office.
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.
There were four of us when we launched Asphalte in 2016. We had a few years' experience in fashion and we wanted to make clothes, but not just any old clothes. Well-made clothes, designed to last, using amazing materials and made in good conditions.
The guys we had in mind were our mates, who liked clothes but who weren't willing to bankrupt themselves for a pair of jeans. We asked them questions to find out what they expected from a brand. Their answers were so enlightening that we opened the questionnaires up to everyone. Best decision.
Since then, you have been the focus of our thoughts. Asking for your opinion about a product is the starting point for our design process, and that won't change.
We're not here to reinvent the wheel. We're here to make your wardrobe classics but with the best materials and the best manufacturers. Above all, we're here to make things simple, things that you'll still be able to wear in ten years' time.
Over three years, we've gradually put together the dream team to take on the world. Today, there are 15 of us, and our only aim is to make your favourite clothes, in a quality that was once reserved for a handful of men.