Now Available: The Ninja!

Become a master of espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and all other covert operations! Don the Ninja and join the ranks of this ancient and iconic class of spies. This breathable hoodie sports a single layer shell made of sweatshirt fleece and side panels that are made of stretch knit, allowing for a comfortable fit for any body type.  Hidden magnets line the hood’s partial mask and torso closure, enabling the swift cloaking expected of any ninja-inspired attire and hold together tightly even in situations involving rigorous movement.

It is ideal for breezy summer nights, fresh spring days, and as an under-layer during cooler months.

For more information on features, and to pre-order your Ninja today check out the product page:

Ninja Mask

Preview: The Ninja in Smokescreen color scheme.

Introducing Volante Design’s Unifit cut. Unlike our other garments to date, the Ninja will be made in a single cut that is designed based on our existing size charts that will fit people of all genders. 

We call this cut Unifit as opposed to “unisex” because the term unisex as it is currently defined is a shape that is designed to be suitable for both sexes, and suitable just doesn’t cut it for us. 

The Ninja will be available in 10 sizes that will cover the measurements of our XS women’s to our 3XL men’s sizes, with some overlap in the middle. This is made possible by the side panels of the Ninja being entirely a stretch cotton. In the photos above Willow is wearing a ninja of the same cut as Enzo, albeit two unifit sizes smaller.

We are aiming to launch pre-orders for the Ninja tomorrow, July 2nd, with two additional color schemes.

Until then, stay awesome.

UPDATE: For more information on features, and to pre-order your Ninja today check out the product page:

Teaser #2: The Ninja in Black Garnet and Eclipse color schemes.

We showed off the first images of the Eclipse color scheme earlier this week, and now we have more, as well as the second color scheme the Ninja will be available in in it’s first run.

A few questions were raised when we posted the first images, and we’d like to answer them as best as possible:

- The fabric blend will not be so much of a blend as 100% cotton. The prototypes are made from a variety of fabrics, and not the fabric they’ll be produced with [since that will be a custom knit]

- All of the fabric will be pre-washed and shrunk, which means that like the Jackdaw, the Ninja will be completely machine washable.

- And on sizing: the Ninja will be available for people of all genders, in our usual sizing.

On Monday we’ll have the next one ready to show you, look forward to it; it’s a completely new color scheme that we think you’ll really love.

That’s it for today, have a lovely weekend, and enjoy the premier of Korra: Book 3!


Volante Design Crew

PS: The Black Garnet shown has grey thread, but the final version will have red thread, as per the standard Black Garnet color scheme.

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.

Teaser #1: The Ninja.

We are extremely excited to start showing off the Ninja. This is the product of several months of design and prototyping, and we think it shows. The original design used toggles for the main closure, but we’ve since decided to go with magnets for both the main and mask closure points. Since the side panels are made from a stretchy knit, the hoodie is form fitting, but not restrictive, and the magnets have no problem holding. We’ll be posting more information, images, and videos over the next week and a half until it releases for pre-order on July 2nd.

So, what do you think, does it live up to your expectations?

The Eagle Run 1 is on clearance!

We are making room for new things, so we’re dropping the Run 1 Eagle price from $345 to $295; this is the lowest price it’s ever been!

What’s the difference between the Run 1 and later runs?

  • Run 1 Eagles have a grey waistband 
  • They’re very true to size, so basically the numbers on the sizing chart are the dimensions of the coat. You may want to add a few inches for comfort to fit into these coats.
  • They have a sturdy, matching hood lining that holds its shape well. 

Get yours today!

The Osprey with Pinion.

Took some photos of this pairing last weekend, thought you all might like to see how the Pinion works with a jacket it wasn’t built specifically for. Enjoy!

Gargoyle Printed Tee

This shirt design is of a famous gargoyle on a certain Parisian church. Do you recognize him?
We will continue doing t-shirt prints as they come in. The turn around is about 3 days to get your order sent out. The shipping on t-shirts is still free for US orders! 
For the next 7 days we are hosting a slightly late E3 Special. Order our Harrier [or have a cart subtotaling $320+] and receive a free hand-printed tee.
Use the coupon code E32014. [Offer ends June 17th]

The Harrier: Trickster color scheme

This has been a long time coming, but we are really excited to finally be able to post photos of this color scheme for the Harrier. This one is made from the same all-cotton ripstop material as the Obsidian color scheme, and has emerald green internal accents and gold thread.

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.

Jedi Benefactor Redesign.

After testing a prototype of the original Jedi concept, we decided to go in a different direction with it. Somehow in practice that design looked more Star Trek than Star Wars, and we wouldn’t want anyone confusing that, so after a couple of weeks of iterations, we’ve come up with a design that is more like a duster. Slightly short of knee length with a high split for the tails [for leg mobility], and the wide sleeve base used in our Harrier design, since that is the most mobile sleeve design we’ve come up with yet. 

For the fun of it I’ve mocked up a few color schemes this time. The Apprentice didn’t suit the clients sense of style; he wanted something a little darker overall, hence the Sand Raider pallet of the second image. Last time we posted the Jedi there were many requests for more Red in the Sith pallet, and thus by popular demand it has been done.

Since this jacket is more of a duster it has gained a sort of bounty hunter feeling to it, which is what spawned the last color scheme—inspired by the legendary Boba Fett. I think it looks good, but it isn’t great. Maybe that just means we need to do a full Fett redesign.

So what do you think of this design, either on it’s own merit or in comparison to the first concept?

Here’s another Benefactor design, nearing finalization.

Some of you may recognize this since it is based on the Dr Doom design I drew back when I started this blog [1, 2]. The client who is commissioning the design often wears a sling bag over his right shoulder, which is why the right side is padded, and also why I’ve included the straps over the left shoulder as a way of balancing the look.

Above all he wanted something that would be practical and fit in with his everyday accoutrements, so this design also includes a rain flap on the back to provide additional protection from the elements.

The only thing we’re hung up on is the color choice. I’ve mocked up these four options based on our discussions, but he still can’t decide which one he likes best. Each of the options is named in the image caption [if you click on it], which one do you like best?

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:



The Harrier: Orleans Bleu color scheme.

Here’s the first view of the women’s cut for the Harrier and the Pinion. This color scheme is somewhat less flashy than the others, but I think it works really well. 

We’ve also never shown off the asymmetrical cuff design before, despite it having been there all along. It allows for a nice long sleeve, without getting in the way.

The Harrier: Masyaf Steel color scheme.

I started playing around with ways of buttoning this jacket closed and was surprised by the sheer number of options 10 buttons with 2 internal buttons can offer [despite how obvious it sounds when you count out the buttons]. I also realized that the lapels can be buttoned down if worn as shown in the second photo.

We’re currently finishing up samples of the Women’s cut, look forward to pictures coming soon.