fuzzyhairedweirdo: 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.
The website is up and running again. Please let us know if you notice any other problems!
Thanks for your patience,
timetravelleretc: 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.