inf3rno25: 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.
jollybatman: 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.
crazyhart12: 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.
cptedwardjaeger: 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.
I have a couple more images to add to this post that I couldn’t add in the response: