It’s been a busy time here in the studio, with the latest run of jackets taking off and working on new designs among other things. The Volante Design crew has some spicy new projects coming up, so here are some quick announcements:
We have new sections in our store, two of which we want to highlight: ‘Upcoming’, and ‘In Stock’. The ‘Upcoming’ section is for the latest jackets that are available for pre-order and will feature new sets of colors every 6 weeks or so. The ‘In Stock’ section is for jackets left over from previous runs that we have on hand at the studio. This means stock is limited to what we have on hand, but on the plus side ‘In Stock’ jackets will be shipped within 2 business days of your order.
All of the jackets from run 2, except the Saint have product images up now. If you’re dying to see what the actual jacket looks like, go check out the pages! We won’t be putting pictures up for the Saint style since the purple is being custom dyed, which takes a little longer; on the plus side custom dye means we get the exact royal purple that we want.
We are nearing the end of our current custom jobs. It’s been a long haul, and we apologize to those of you who’ve waited so long. The good news is once we are finished we can accept custom work again! We’ve come up with a re-design of our custom order system. Keep your eyes peeled for info on how that will work in the near future.
Run 3 is coming, and we’re currently making samples so we can have teasers soon. The products and styles for run 3 are:
The Eagle will be available in Revolutionary, Turncoat, Gilded Onyx, and Sneaking Suit
The Falcon in Saint, Sneaking Suit, Midnight, and Revolutionary
The Kestrel in Port, Black Garnet, Spartan, and Disciple Blue
Lastly, there will be a small Black Friday sale on Friday, November 29th. Everything on the store will be 10% off from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM EDT.
To take advantage of this sale, use the coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY. We’ll post a reminder later in the week.
There you have it! Stay tuned for updates as we have some unbelievable new stuff coming down the pipeline.
So I'm a big fan of your work (seriously, the eagle looks amazing) but I've only seen it on slimmer bodies. Any idea how the look/fit turns out on, let's just say, not so slim bodies? Because I'd love to get one eventually, but I'm not sure how it would fit with my proportions. (I'm also really short.)
We put people of all sizes and shapes in our jackets at NYCC, and most walked away with one of our jackets. Most of our designs to date have been specifically design for a slim fit, but as we expand our portfolio we do intend to have jackets available in various shapes (tall, barrel-chested, etc) but until then, I would say that I try to design things that will look good on most people. I use my knowledge of human anatomy to structure the seams in such a way that they will follow natural contours.
That said, we know that it can be hard to imagine what our jacket might look like on a larger figure, and intend to create samples for larger models in the future. Keep an eye out for that as we move forward.
Hi Volante! I hope you don't mind me asking: Do you have any photos of your second run of, "The Eagle?" I ordered the Eclipsed color and grow curiouser and curiouser on how they look like. Thanks for your time, and I hope you had fun at NYCC!
I don’t mind you asking, but unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to show. We’ve been working hard to keep up with orders, and making samples takes about 15+ man-hours, which is not time that we have to spare. That said, we do very much understand the desire for actual photos, and as soon as we can we will post them.
The other thing we are waiting for is the fabric. Usually we make samples before purchasing fabric, and try to match our order to the sample, but this time we have purchased the fabric already, so we can make samples with the actual fabrics we are going to produce the jackets with, once it arrives in the mail.
Is it possible that the jackets could have a tailoring option? Like, for an extra amount, they could be requested to be tailor-made based on provided measurements. Also, what is the estimated durability on a jacket such as The Falcon? I'd assume that it would be tear-resistant and made of material that is used to taking rough treatment, as well as being able to last for a long time. Weather-resistance would be a plus, but not expected.
We are hashing out the details of custom tailoring, but we have a lot to catch up on right now. Look for it in early 2014.
As for durability, the jackets are made out of heavy weight denim and use a nearly unbreakable coarse poly jean thread in construction. I wouldn’t say Carhartt durability necessarily, but close to it. Under normal wear, they will last you 8+ years, give or take.
They are not treated for rain resistance, but you can easily do that yourself with over-the-counter supplies.
Hey, I feel like I've missed something here - I ordered my Eagle on August 4th and still haven't received it yet. I don't know if I was pushed to 1.5 or something, but it's getting worrying, coz I invested a lot of money into your amazing work and have yet to see anything come from it. If the orders have been pushed back again I understand, I'm just wondering if there's something I've missed in this understandably long process. Thanks in advance for any answer!
Check your order, if the SKU on the product you ordered has three numerals (eg. ‘105’) then you are in Run 1.5. If your SKU has only two numerals at the end (eg. ‘05’) you are in Run 1. All of the jackets from Run 1 have shipped, most of them shipped out last Monday, and a handful went out this passed Monday.
NYCC took a lot out of us. It was 4 days of complete madness. If you were able to drop by and say hello, you probably had the chance to witness us in action. We had 5 people running the booth on Thursday and Friday, and 7 for Saturday and Sunday, and we all worked full days. It was extremely fun and exciting to put people in our jackets and get their direct feedback. We were able to learn a great deal from the experience about what works, what doesn’t, how we can improve the fit and feel of the product, and what we can do better at future conventions.
Now that we’re back, we’ll be starting to put our the fires, answer emails from the last two weeks that have been waiting patiently in our inbox. In the meantime we are going to try and answer some of the big questions you’ve been asking in email, Facebook and tumblr asks right here on the blog.
First things first: Eagle Run 1.5.
The feedback we received from the Kestrel tipped us off to a possible need to adjust our sizes. So we decided to wait until after con before placing the final order for the 1.5. This turned out to be a great idea, I was able to learn a great deal about our fit and how our sizes need to be adjusted for a more comfortable fit. We are incredibly sorry about the delay, but we can promise you that it will have been very much worth it. Wen are also looking into order fulfillment companies that operate closer to our manufacturer, which will greatly decrease the shipping time. I’m waiting on an ETA from the manufacturer, but they know that you have been waiting for a long time and are doing their best to complete the order as quickly as possible.
I feel like that update is the most important to get out of the way. We are in the process of writing a FAQ post to answer the major questions regarding the current run of jackets in our shop. As well as a post that will further explain the features of the Falcon design and the differences between the Men’s and Women’s version of that design.
Keep an eye out for news and updates, as well as feature posts showcasing the prototypes we had with us at NYCC: the Ninja, the Samurai, and the two variants of the Demon Killer design.
So what happened to the Falcon update today? Did something go wrong? I was/am super excited for it so any news would be fantastic.
We have exactly One Million [probably including individual stitches] things on our plate that have to get done within the next 24 hours before we head off to NYCC. The Falcon didn’t make the cut yesterday, but I’m currently finishing up the last of the images and will be posting the Falcon in the next couple of hours.
The site is up again! As you scroll through the site, you may notice that everything pretty much looks the same, albeit with an awesome new page for the Messenger. The site is in fact the same as the old one! It turns out that there were far too many kinks to work out that we were not ready for the launch of the new site. We’re sticking with the old one for now, so as to ensure a smooth NYCC and post-NYCC business experience with our customers. Once we’ve got the new site to a point where we have it fully functional and are comfortable with our understanding of the inner mechanisms of the store, we will switch to that. Keep your eyes out for the new store come the New Year!
In the coming week, our first runs of the Kestrel and the Eagle will be finished and sent out. Thousands of buttons are being put on as we speak. Hundreds of seams are being pressed and steamed so the jackets arrive crisp and ready to wear at your doorsteps. The Eagles are all moving forward as fast as possible. At this point they are out of our hands. Run 1.5 of the Eagle will ship out as fast as our manufacturers can make them. We expect 3-4 weeks since they now know exactly what it takes to produce that style. It is difficult to wait for an unknown product and we understand that many of you are getting impatient, even chomping at the bit. We are also dying to get these coats to you. As you may know, the Eagle design has been a few years in the making. We’ve put a lot work into it. That said, we are really excited to be moving forward!
New York ComicCon has moved us to make some really fantastic new designs that we are very excited to show you. NYCC is a massive convention, and we expect a large amount of traffic over the weekend, both in person and on the website. As such we are moving to launch 4 products on our store before most of us leave for Con. As I write this we are preparing the first product to launch today, putting the finishing touches on the site, and cleaning up the last of the photos.
We have some prototypes that are going to Con and images will go up for those around the time of Con or slightly after. These are the sort of ideas that drive us out of bed in the morning to design. It has been a hectic month at Volante Design but we think you’ll enjoy the fruits of our labor.
The designs in order of appearance:
Today, October 4th: the Messenger for the first time
Monday October 7th: the Falcon for the first time
Wednesday October 9th: the Kestrel and Eagle will be re-released with all new colors for both designs
There will be a second debut of the Osprey at Con and we will have 120 total pieces available to purchase on the floor. These jackets are special edition and available only at NYCC 2013. We are unable to produce or sell this jacket again before 2014, if we decide to do further runs at all.
A note on timing- We have not always been at the top of our game at determining how fast something can get produced, but we are getting more realistic.
The new runs that we are opening in October will all be delivered by December 15th at the absolute latest. This means that if you are hoping for a Volante Design item at your holiday celebration you should start thinking about ordering before November 15th. Hopefully, we will have several delivery dates before December, but we cannot predict how many sales we get, which will determine how many runs or shipment dates we can set.
Thanks to everyone for supporting us, reading this, and being a part of our work.
We can’t wait to hear what you think about the jackets that are currently in the mail!
The Volante Design Team
The 4 new products that will become available on our shop by Wednesday the 9th of Oct are the last products available before the holiday season. Orders will get sent on November 1st, which means after that we are unable to replenish stock in any size/color/cut variation if it runs out.
All orders placed on our store before December 1st will ship in early December. We know we haven’t been entirely punctual in the past, but we know how it all works now, and we are confidant we can make this guarantee.
Orders will be closed until we get the new store up.
I know it may sound ridiculous, since the current store is only a few months old at this point, but we are looking for a more structurally sound ecommerce platform, and right now before we launch new items for con seemed like the perfect time to squeeze an update in.
The new store will be opening with the first run of the Messenger, and should be up by the end of the week. Look forward to an update in the next few days.
Hey Volante! I was part of the first kestrel run, I accidentally messed with my shipping info a few days back, and I know you gave the ETA of the 20th, but my order still shows "processing". Just wondering if I messed up the order somehow or if it'll be here soon? Thanks!
Shipping the Kestrel run is proving to be a more difficult task than originally projected. There are 56 different possible variations between size, cut, color, so organizing is very time consuming. The short of it is, they haven’t started shipping yet. The post I made last week was based on a promise from the manufacturer that was not kept.
As soon as the jackets have shipped we will be sending out a mass email to every customer who ordered a Kestrel, letting you know it has been shipped. Tracking numbers will not be provided automatically, but we will be able to provide them individually upon request once they have shipped. The reason for this is that the fulfillment facility is focusing on organizing and shipping out orders, and sending tracking numbers to each customer will slow them down excessively. We’d prefer to get them out the door and answer requests for tracking numbers in the interest of time.
This whole process has been quite the learning curve, and we are grateful with your patience, and promise a much smoother process with the 2nd run, and beyond.
I really love your stuff, but I can't get anything now because the light coats aren't available and the Eagle is out of my price range. Where would you suggest I look at for now for a jacket to tide me over? In-store would be ideal...
We do not sell our products in stores at this point. We are aware of the limited options currently available in our shop, and we are working hard to both increase the number of options and bring back the Kestrel with new color options. Soon, I promise.
Will you be making an Edward Kenway inspired jacket?
That said, the jacket mentioned in my most recent post, the Osprey, is named as such because the jackets is inspired by a combination of the sea-faring bird of prey it is named after, and Naval uniforms from the early 18th century. If you catch my driftwood.
We’re not there in person, but we have a representative walking around in what could be called the pre-release debut of the first Osprey prototype.
It’s still in the prototype phase, so some elements are still in flux, we have no pictures of it to show you yet, and there’s only one walking around Con.
Consider it a sort of Con-bingo crossed with where’s Waldo.
We’re trying hard to have the Osprey as well as a few other products available for purchase at our NYCC booth. As soon as we have a confirmation from our manufacturer, we’ll be posting news, and sending emails out to the mailing list. Subscribe: http://eepurl.com/pJB6v
Will you be bringing back your Ancestors: Kenway product? It is almost identical to the Eagle, but which much shorter tails. The Kenway ends just below the butt, whereas the Eagle ends almost at the ankles. My only problem with the Eagle product is that it is essentially a tail-coat, and not really practical for casual wear. The Kenway looks like a comfortable and practical jacket for fall and winter, and I would totally buy it for that reason. The Eagle seems like more of a cosplay item.
They Kenway, as it once was, will not be making a return. The Eagle is the new version, and we won’t release the old version for various reasons. That said, I understand that the longer tails are more difficult to pull off casually for most people, and for them there will be many other designs in the near future that are of various lengths. Options will not always be as limited as they are now. I’m sorry that you have to wait a little longer, but I promise you will not be disappointed with what’s to come.
Hi there, first of all I love what you do. Is there any chance you can post some pictures of a jacket with the Byzantine Red color scheme, specifically pictures of the front of it? I think it's the only jacket where you don't have any pictures of the real jacket, just the drawn-up version of the back of it. Thanks!
We are working hard to get the final prototype completed, but couldn’t finish it in time for our launch date. Pictures will be comings soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.