From an ask:
I still only see a notice that the men’s cut had reached 100 orders, did the female cut do so as well? Or will only the men’s cut be made for this first run.
We did indeed surpass 100 orders for the mens cut of the Kestrel this time around, but have only received about 50 orders for the womens cut. That does not mean we will not be able to produce the women’s orders. The mens orders we have received will help to offset the surcharge for the lower order quantity of the womens.
Just a heads up, we’ve decided that since we’ll be closed over the weekend anyway, orders will remain open through the weekend. Orders for the first run of Kestrel jackets will now officially close at 9am on Monday, June 10th Eastern Standard Time.
For clarification: we are only leaving orders open over the weekend, since we would not have been able to start production moving with production until Monday anyway. The fact that we are leaving orders open over the weekend will not affect the original ship date.
dreamlitnights: Hey, I want to start this message with one thing: I love your work. I've always enjoyed designing costumes for fictional characters based on fashions I've seen from similar sources you are inspired by. To see someone actually become a success on the reality level is amazing. It's really awesome to see coming from another vid game/anime/movie fashion enthusiast. That said, I wanted to inquire (not request, I know you're busy) if you intend to design a jacket based on Nilin's from Remember Me?
I’ll give you a straight answer: Yes.
From the moment I found out about Remember Me, the costume design grabbed me by the throat and spat threats against my life and loved ones if I didn’t try to bring it into reality.
So don’t worry, it is on my radar.
davidtorrey: Can you clear something up? Since the Kestrel has received more than 100 orders so far, is it an ongoing item? Or will it be gone on the 7th?
Orders for the Kestrel will be temporarily closed after the 7th. We want to make sure we do this first run right, so we are taking it slow.
We will reopen orders within a couple of weeks, and hopefully after that we will be able to take continuous orders, but for the first set we are doing it one step at a time.
With the relaunch of the website we, for the first time, offered multiple payment options. Which meant that you could purchase our jackets without having to pay through Paypal, which some people have problems with.
Unfortunately, the non-Paypal option turned out to not be a good fit for us, and we are researching alternatives. In the meantime, we’ve taken down all options that are not Paypal. This is temporary, and there will be multiple options again in future runs, but for the remainder of the Kestrel run, Paypal’s what you’ve got.
That said, you can still just use your credit card through Paypal, and you do not need a Paypal account to do so.
Rest assured, if you bought your Kestrel without using the Paypal option, your transaction will still be honored, and you will receive your jacket. We have just stopped future transactions from using that method.
thegadgetfish: Hey there, I'm assuming you guys don't have your products on Amazon? Your designs appear if you search for "connor kenway jacket". People who steal designs and images are asses.
I’ve said this before, but I’m still of the opinion that people who steal my designs are Templars.
And let this be a public announcement, we do not, and will never sell our designs on Amazon, or any site other than VolanteDesign.us. Additionally, since there are so few made by Volante Design, and our work is high quality and valued by our customers, I highly doubt that any of our customers will ever resell our designs, and most certainly not for half the price.
retrac-noyllig: Hi Enzo I was just wondering if we are going to be getting the virtual fitting room you mentioned for your fundraising. I have been waiting to buy one of your jackets for ages but I don't know what size I would need as I am quite tall. Thanks
We are working on getting that set up, but the software we used doesn’t support the virtual fitting room just yet. They expect a release at the end of this year.
lovegunn: I'm stoked about the new line, the new store, all of it. As of now, I think the burning question we all want is: once you get the kinks worked out and all the campaign rewards taken care of etc, are you going to have your jackets up and available more or less constantly, or will they all be in limited runs? I really want a Kestrel, but that Falcon looks amazing too! Should I hold off, or get the Kestrel while the gettin's good?
Once we get really rolling, we intend to have continuous products. The Kestrel will be available again, but we will have to evaluate sales of this first run before announcing anything else about that.
The goal is to have continuous runs of jackets, where orders will be indefinitely, and every 3 weeks or so, we will order more from the manufacturer. This means that jackets of a particular style will ship out once every 8 weeks or so. But I’m not sure we are quite there yet. When this first run of Kestrels is complete we will be able to judge better.
pyralisanacreon: First I'd like to say congrats on opening up again, looking forward to it. And I have two questions: will the Kenway coat be available from the manufacturers, and also how long are the coats expected to last? That is, lifetime-wise on the fabric, is it one year, two, etc. I know it probably depends on the amount of usage and specific wear, but a general number?
The Kenway is not dead and gone. As for longevity, I wear one of the first AC hoodies I ever made on a regular basis. It’s old now and showing signs of wear, but it is also more than two years old. And that’s just a sweatshirt. I have not seen one of our denim jackets die, so I can’t say how long they will last, but depending on usage or specific wear, my guess would be at east 3 years. Then again, that depends on how much you love it, and how squeamish about holes are; it could last much longer than 3 years.
The last of the paperwork has been signed, and we are proud to announce that Volante Design is now officially Volante Design, Inc.
It’s a somewhat minor change, but it means a lot to us, and to the future of the business. Most importantly it will help us when we are ready to move forward with licensing partnerships in the coming months.
With the name change and the long-awaited relaunch of your shop right around the corner, it felt like a good time for a visual overhaul of both the main blog and the inspiration blog.
But we’ve saved the best news for last…
We are putting the finishing touches on the new store, dotting the ‘i’s, and we expect a full launch by the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, May 17th!
Keep an eye out for updates today and tomorrow.