I'm absolutely in love with the ninja pictures, and I was just wondering how long it'll be before we see the longer tailed version, the 2 shinobi upgrades, and also the samurai/shogun sketches. Looking forward to seeing what's coming. I'm a huge fan lol. I've been following volante design since before the original kenway even came out lol. It's amazing to see where you guys have gone, and I wish you luck for the future.
We are still working on everything you have mentioned. The short answer is: they are not quite ready for production, but they will be awesome when they are ready.
I finished the first prototype of the short collar Shinobi last night and we intend to include it in the Ninja video we’ll be posting next week. I am extremely pleased with how it is progressing so far, and the second prototype will be even better.
I have a few ideas for the tall collar Shinobi that will differentiate it even further, while still keeping the same feeling, and I will be working on that in the weeks to come.
We also are working on the long Ninja, which we are considering producing in a different material from the short Ninja, since a mid-thigh length sweatshirt is a questionable choice at best. This would also give it a different practical purpose from the short Ninja, while following the same style.
The Samurai and Shogun is an entirely different design and we have been so busy focusing one everything we are currently releasing that it has been difficult to devote the necessary time and energy to developing the form of the designs. The functions are unlike anything we’ve made to date, and we want that to be reflected in the style of the coats as well. I am very excited about the concept and hope you will love it too, when it’s ready.
Hello there, the ninja jacket looks fantastic! I was wondering if it would be available with the old toggles on the front to close the flap and whether you would also be making the jedi version as well? Thank you for your time.
The Jedi inspired design will be a completely separate product, since it will not be made of sweatshirt material. We probably also won’t be able to release it until closer to 2015.
As for the toggles, we are not intending to use the toggles since they did not work as they were drawn. The side panels are a stretch material, so the toggles pulled at the material and it did not look good. the magnets are a much better solution all around. I tried a few different configurations of each and the magnets don’t pull and are extremely stable. We may still use toggles for the Jedi, since it doesn’t use the same knit for the side panels.
Awhile back you posted about the ninja and samurai concepts and a lot of people (including me) seemed strongly interested in that design. I'm wondering if you have plans to continue that design and if so the Jedi color scheme for it? On a second note the concept for te Jedi benefactor jacket has seen a lot of attention recently but in the initial concept for it there was a removable, sleeveless, overcoat and I think that really made the Jedi look more authentic then the one more rectory posted.
The Ninja and Samurai are in development, but I have been extremely picky about how it looks/feels/moves/functions, so it has been taking longer than anticipated. We will post updates when we have a solid prototype.
The Jedi is a similar design to the Ninja, but not simply a change of color scheme, so it will be a separate product altogether. the one criticism I’ve noticed most with the new design I’ve done for the client is that this version doesn’t have the overcoat thing I drew with the other version. But since that was an entirely separate garment, I don’t see why you couldn’t wear it with this design. Most likely there will be a few designs inspired by the SW universe that you will be able to mix and match to create your own look.
Hey there, I'm a big fan of your works and I'm very close to convincing my Dad to allow me to buy a Pinion but the only problem is that my Father won't believe me that the Pinion can be used with other jackets, I wanted to convince him but I am at a loss on how to explain it since I myself don't know how it can attach to your other jackets, like the Eagle. I'm also thinking of buying an Eagle, but I would like to know how you attach the Pinion to it and other jackets
The Pinion has two button holes on each side: the top two correspond with the buttons on the Eagle, and the bottom two attach to the Harrier. It also comes with a closure strap so that it can be worn on it’s own with any jacket.
Have you ever considered creating designs based on Farscape? Like a jacket based on D'argo's armor or Crichton's Peacekeeper jackets (both the short red and long black)?
I love the hell out of Farscape. And would love to do Crichton’s Peacekeeper vest, but there’s another company that already does it. They make it in leather, and they do it well. They also happen to be great people. Pendragon Costumes.
For the new harrier, will there be a version with the three flap button down cuff and the double layered tail? I really like those aspects of the coat as it differentiated it nicely from the Eagle i already have and would like to get one of these if so :). Also are the hood and long tail removable? Thank you, Carl
The double layered tail was not as successful at I had hoped it would be, and the cuff flap just got in the way, so both were nixed from the design. Instead the tail is a vented tail, so the two layers overlap, as opposed to the Eagle, which is a split tail.
As for the removable tail, it turns out that if we were to do that, the pockets would have been less than 2 inches deep, rendering them useless even for carrying business cards.
The hood on this design was never going to be removable, which was a big point of confusion in the first post about it. I said the cowl would be removable, referring specifically to what is now called the Pinion. The hood is built in like a collar on design, making it very sleek and streamlined, and helping to keep the cost down.
Hope this helps to clarify the Harrier design as it has progressed. We love to show our early sketches, but the problem that often comes up when we show early designs and then nix an element that people like for practical or logistical reasons. We don’t intend to disappoint, or water down our designs. Trust that when designs change it is generally for the best.
Speaking of the Harrier, it looks like we’ll be launching sometime in the next half hour. We won’t have all of the color schemes prototyped, or even a photo of the women’s version, but there will be mockups of the colors, and we’ll be adding pictures over the next couple of weeks. We are launching with so little because we want to make sure they are shipping before the fall.
I was recently browsing assassin's creed jackets on etsy, and happened to find one that was being shown with pictures from a run you did back in September 2012. So naturally I was wondering, are these actually anything to do with you, or are they a cheaper knock off just being sold under your images? Also, if the Harrier coat is released for pre-order by the end of April, will it be part of the sale too? Thanks.
The Harrier will go on a brief sale when it is released, but I am not certain it will make the end of April. I am working hard on the prototypes, but I want to be certain it gets as much attention to design as our other products.
As for the knock offs, there are loads of them, all over the place. They are invariably terrible, as some of our customers have attested on our FB page and in reviews on our shop. If you want an idea of what the knock-offs look like in comparison with photos of the first Kenway prototypem take a look at this post: http://blog.volantedesign.us/post/36464456398
Keep in mind that prototype was made before I owned an industrial sewing machine, or pattern design software, and I was still running the business out of a 7’x9’ spare bedroom.
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.