So, I was looking at your sizing chart and either im not measuring myself right or i'm slightly too big for even your biggest coat. I'm really wanting to get an eagle model but i dont know if i should, i've been losing weight recently but is there anything you could say in regards to how the sizing actually works? Most of my coats that I currently have are 2XL size (not including suits/overcoats) and they fit just fine.
Our sizing is somewhat different from basic standard sizing other companies use. Our medium is more or less accurate, but the extremity sizes don’t tend to correspond. We are actually rewroking our sizing system as I write this. As of the next released jacket, sizing will be named based on chest measurement, rather than the ambiguous S-M-L nomenclature. Additionally we are going to include a size up from our current largest, which will be another 2 inch step up.
We currently have a relatively full stock of the jackets we’ve released before now, including the Eagle, so it doesn’t look like we’ll do another run of those until maybe later this year, whenever it seems like we are running low. But we are releasing several new designs in the next few months, and maybe there will be something in those that suits your fancy.
Have you ever concidered doing designs from the world if inFAMOUS?
No, but I’d like to. I wouldn’t do something inspired by Delsin, since I feel like anyone can do it with a denim jacket from the salvation army and a can of spray paint, but I would love to make Cole’s jacket. Maybe someday.
…along with a just a few other stragglers. They were shipped on time and should have arrived here last Friday, but have been delayed for various reasons including, but not limited to, the truck breaking down. Everything else from Run 3 shipped on time and look great.
We will not be using this trucking service again.
Sorry to those who have to wait a few extra days, but the truck should arrive today or tomorrow.
The remainder of the pre-ordered jackets from the current run arrived this morning and are being processed as I write this. Every open order [not including the Demon Killer, which is a few months off] will be shipped either today or tomorrow.
Again, we apologize for the delay, but at the same time we are excited that we were so close to being on schedule, and next time we will do even better!
Just saw your cool design for the ninja jacket with the magnets on the high collar. Just a note...If those are rather powerful magnets, anything electronic near those magnets could be damaged, like bluetooth ear pieces and suchlike. Even a weak magnet can damage certain electronics ( eg a magnetic clasp on a wallet can wipe a credit card chip) I've used very powerful magnets in some costumes ive made and i have to be careful not to get anything electronic near them in case
This thought had occurred to me, although I wanted to try it anyway. But your ask got me second guessing myself, so I did some research. It turns out that the magnets we would use will be more or less completely safe for most electronics. Cell phones are safe from all but extremely powerful magnets, and even then it is long exposure that would do serious damage, but these are not that powerful. Of course if we use magnets there will be a disclaimer and links to sources showing the potential dangers, but if it helps ease your concern, here is the information I am judging by: http://www.supermagnete.de/eng/faq/What-is-the-safe-distance-that-I-need-to-keep-to-my-devices
The magnets we are looking into fall in between the last two columns of the neodymium magnet table. Beyond that there will be layers of fabric to weaken the magnetic field.
Is there any way to make small fabric sleeves for the magnets? That way you can still sew them in and they would be unaffected by hot water washes or dryers. It could be labor intensive but ultimately more cost effective than purchasing them in such a state. I picture a square of little magnet raviolis.... two rows of stitching in a grid pattern so you can cut between them and separate them. Once the magnets are sewn in, if the original threads unravel it won't matter anyway.
This was exactly my thought, I have to do some research into how efficient it would really be, but I think it will work. Cost is an issue though, since we want the Ninja to be one of our more affordable designs, so we’ll be trying out a variety of solutions. Magnet ravioli… I like it.
Have you thought about doing anything for popular anime? Something from Neon Genesis Evangelion or Attack on Titan or something?
I’ve been watching Soul Eater, and thinking about a hooded vest based on Medusa, and maybe a Death the Kid style blazer. We also have a few designs from the classics, like Speed Racer, Akira, and Redline [which isn’t a classic yet, but should be] that we might develop further.
Eva would be ridiculous, but could be fun.
SNK is cosplayed so often I feel like there might be a lack of demand, but who am I to know. Should we do something inspired by Attack on Titan?
Will there be more accessories like bags and such that would be available for purchase in the near future?
Indeed, we’re thinking about how to beef up our gear collection. We’re also considering a variety of options for more warm weather friendly products. If there’s anything you would love to see us create, send us an email.
We have a plethora of ideas to work from, but we love to hear from the community so that we can continue to make things that you really want.
I had to take down expedited shipping temporarily due to some incompatible version updates. So for now standard shipping is what is available in checkout; if you need to have your jacket shipped Express, shoot at email after checking out, and we’ll help you out.
In other shipping news, we are planning a switch over to UPS soon, which will increase reliability in delivery, as well as offer better insurance and more delivery options. It also means that the rates will go up a bit, but hopefully we’ll be able to bring them down as our outgoing volume increases.
Folks seem to be noticing that the custom Kestrel raffle didn’t launch on Friday. There is good reason for this: we are revisiting the system for taking custom orders. The new system is currently being tested and should launch tomorrow (Monday) if all goes well. Look for a full update tomorrow.
What a year it has been. For those of you who are just joining us, the company started as a one-man show in 2011, but I/we didn’t really start taking regular orders until 2012. I drew a lot, making a few prototypes and a handful of sales.
Then, toward the end of 2012, we released the Kenway (now the Eagle). Our site exploded. We were inundated with orders, requests, followers, etc. It was way more than just one part-time helper and I could ever hope to handle. We kicked off 2013 with an indiegogo campaign, purchased high-end pattern software, and started rebuilding the entire foundation of the company.
I was a self-taught designer working out of my bedroom, but with a little help from co-workers and friends, I made Volante Design, Inc. The company now has Willow and me as its two owners, and by the end of the summer, four full-time employees: Alice, Andrew, Sarah, and Rachel.
This is solid ground on which to improve. Those original Kenway orders from 2012 are finally closing, we have a working relationship with a Chicago manufacturer, and are learning the nuances of deadlines and production timeline estimates.
We know we have a few orders still outstanding and we are working hard to complete them. We apologize for mistakes made along the way. Overall, it has been a really great year for us. We are extremely excited to have so many people interested in what we truly love doing. They make it possible for us to keep creating. It’s truly a blessing.
2014: The Year in Preview
2013 was the year of setting groundwork and designing systems to support continuous growth and balance. Now we can play.
I feel like I haven’t drawn a single new design this year. It’s not quite true, but other things have taken center stage. I started this company out of a love for the craft of designing clothing. Now that the foundation is set and I’m surrounded by people who I trust to care for it, it’s time to dust off the drafting table and sketch, draw, and design.
We’ve got a load of ideas for new designs and products to add to the store. I’m going to be designing new things, as well as revisiting old designs from a new angle. We will be branching out from our Birds of Prey collection, though it isn’t finished. We plan to launch one, possibly two new collections this year. Normally a ‘collection’ by a given fashion company is a seasonal, finite concept. We see our collections as ever expanding and evolving. (For instance the Birds of Prey collection will be expanding beyond that specific moniker to include Corvidae, Carthatidae, etc).
We will make further announcement posts over the next few days, including a rough schedule of releases that will of course expand as the year progresses.
I like that you have started custom orders, but what I'm more interested in is some of your older designs and sketches that never went into production. What if you started a raffle, survey, or whatever concerning those sketches to help decide what to make next?
We have at least 4 new designs we are working on to release by April, possibly 5 or 6. We’ve considered doing a poll for what design we should develop next, but we always end up having a plan. We may do it in the future, but at this point I think you’ll really like what we are currently working on. Some old, some new.
If you are ordering now, as on Friday, Dec 13, please be aware that Volante Design cannot guarantee a delivery date of December 24th on this item as we are awaiting a shipment. Since we are experiencing some delays, we deemed it necessary to ship orders that have been waiting longer as a higher priority. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, and hope you understanding we are doing the best we can to ship all orders in a timely fashion.
All orders taken prior to 12/13/13 are guaranteed a delivery on or before the 24th of December.
Here at Volante Design we have just moved into some additional space. We’ve begun to do our own shipping and handling and for the last 2 days that’s all we’ve done. Since Monday 12/9 we’ve been sending out as many jackets as possible. Every day more come in from the our manufacturer, and we send them out. It will most likely take until the end of next week for us to get through shipping all of our current orders.
We’re unbelievably happy to finally be fulfilling these orders, and since we’re doing all the shipping in house, we’re able to track all the packages and make sure they get to the right places in the right timeframe. Unlike our previous fulfillment company, we are including email addresses when we print shipping labels, which means you will also get an automatic email with a tracking number when your jacket ships. Thanks so much for your patience and good will. We hope that you will feel extraordinary when you go out into the world wearing our designs.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be doing a few things: there will be a new line of colors released for preorder before Christmas, more to come on that; we will be adding a gift certificate functionality to our store, for those of you who want to gift someone with a jacket or bag, but aren’t sure what size or color they want; there will also be a Christmas sale starting sometime next week.
We will have some stock left over from these shipments, and those will go online for sale as soon as we are done shipping orders out.