volantedesign:

The Ninja: concept art.

We’ve teased at this design since NYCC, and it’s been through a ton of iterations since then, levels upon levels of refinement, and we are happy to present it to you now.

The Ninja and the Samurai are built from a unifying concept: a base layer, and a top layer vest designed to fit with the base and offer increased protection without hindering movement. Consider it a jacket with an armor upgrade designed specifically for that jacket. Hence we have the Ninja with the ability to upgrade to Shinobi, and the Samurai with the Shogun upgrade. 

The Ninja/Shinobi is the lighter of the two, the base layer being a sort of mix between a sweatshirt hoodie and a cardigan, and the top layer being a mid-weight cotton vest, sturdy and agile. The Ninja is also planned to feature a magnetic closure for the mask part of the hood, for ease of use.

We have designed two versions of the Ninja [long and short], and two versions of the Shinobi [gi-style Eri collar, and tall full collar]. Which styles do you like better?

I think I made this post a little confusing by even mentioning the Samurai and Shogun ideas. I haven’t drawn those concepts yet at all, but I plan on doing so over the next week or two. In the meantime, for fun I’m adding some photos of the earliest prototype. Keep in mind these are early prototypes, not using final design, or materials. Beyond that they are blurry, but you get the idea of how magnets could be used.

This version of magnets was difficult for the washing machine, mostly because the magnets were in a plastic sleeve which, although it made it easier to sew them in, also melted in the dryer..

The Harrier: concept sketch

This is one of our upcoming additions to the Birds of Prey collection. Inspired by the Harrier Hawk, specifically the African variety, with style drawn from fashions of late 18th century France, during the French Revolution.

The cowl in the first two sketches is removable, we’ve been playing with the concept of modular designs and are planning to have the cowl also fit with some of our new designs, and well as possibly old ones, like the Eagle.

I’m also considering attempting to make the tails removable, via a hidden zipper. This could add a lot of cost, or be difficult to make work well, so for now it’s just a concept, and we’ll be updating you on it as it makes it’s way through development.

The women’s version will be similar, but cut to fit. It might feature cinching straps on the side panels to help fit a wider variety of body shapes, if we can make it also look great.

Those are our thoughts; what do you think, would you like to see this released this year?

ajpocken: Have you thought about doing anything for popular anime? Something from Neon Genesis Evangelion or Attack on Titan or something?

I’ve been watching Soul Eater, and thinking about a hooded vest based on Medusa, and maybe a Death the Kid style blazer. We also have a few designs from the classics, like Speed Racer, Akira, and Redline [which isn’t a classic yet, but should be] that we might develop further.

Eva would be ridiculous, but could be fun.

SNK is cosplayed so often I feel like there might be a lack of demand, but who am I to know. Should we do something inspired by Attack on Titan?

timjongill: Will there be more accessories like bags and such that would be available for purchase in the near future?

Indeed, we’re thinking about how to beef up our gear collection. We’re also considering a variety of options for more warm weather friendly products. If there’s anything you would love to see us create, send us an email.

We have a plethora of ideas to work from, but we love to hear from the community so that we can continue to make things that you really want.

Superhuman Streetwear Collection:

Demon Killer currently available 

Nephilim upcoming

With the launch of the Demon Killer, we are broadening our horizons and stepping out from the Birds of Prey collection. This is an upcoming product for the fall. We’re calling it the Nephilim. It’s loosely based on Virgil from DMC. Hopefully we’ll have this second jacket ready to ship in the fall. It’s our first wool jacket. 

Get your Demon Killer jacket right here: volantedesign.us

Pre-order a Demon Killer and receive a Double Jump Glyph iron-on patch with your order (design to be finalized)

The Demon Killer is now available for pre-order!

This design was first previewed almost a year ago with a sketch.  It took a long time for the sketch to make the transition from a draft to a production-worthy pattern, but now the Volante Design crew is excited to present this as ready for purchase.  Get yours today, and dare demons to challenge you… if they can keep up.

The Demon Killer is available in two color schemes:

  • Devil’s Fury – rich crimson body with black accents and silver-grey thread
  • Mercenary – black body with crimson accents and silver-grey thread

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an amateur slayer, the Demon Killer is an ideal choice for vanquishing nightmares with style.  It is constructed with a denim outer body, satin sleeve and pocket lining, and a tall, protective collar; making it a tough, lasting piece of gear that keeps the body cool while you work an acrobatic sweat.  As a nod to the mobility required in the business of demon hunting, zipper cuffs and a sophisticated body design allow for a wide range of movement in the lower body, arms, and wrists.

Get your Demon Killer jacket right here: volantedesign.us

Pre-order a Demon Killer and receive a Double Jump Glyph iron-on patch with your order (design to be finalized)

awksbox: Do you have plans to ever release an all white coat?

Every all white coat we’ve ever made has been a terrible mistake. Especially an all white long coat, because then you’re just asking for trouble.

Disappear into the shadows with the Eclipse Eagle. Back by popular demand, we will be adding the Eclipse Eagle to run 3. It will ship out by the 5th of April. Order today to reserve yours. They will go fast. Don’t wait!

Available in Men’s and Women’s cut: http://www.volantedesign.us/product/the-eagle-run-3/

Shipping

I had to take down expedited shipping temporarily due to some incompatible version updates. So for now standard shipping is what is available in checkout; if you need to have your jacket shipped Express, shoot at email after checking out, and we’ll help you out.

In other shipping news, we are planning a switch over to UPS soon, which will increase reliability in delivery, as well as offer better insurance and more delivery options. It also means that the rates will go up a bit, but hopefully we’ll be able to bring them down as our outgoing volume increases.

Ciao,

Enzo

Site update

Some of you have noticed that over the last 24 hours the add-to-cart function on our site stopped working. That’s back up again, but there are a few minor cosmetic issues that we are still working on.

Like the Deathstar, it may not be completed, but it is armed and fully operational.

Find us at Katsucon!

We’ll be wandering the floor all four days at Katsucon this weekend, showing off two early prototypes of designs we plan to release this Fall as well as the Demon Killer in the previous post.

Come say hello!

The Lady Demon Killer

Over the weekend we broke the tier, but there’s still a long way to go. I know we can at the very least break the next tier before the weekend!

For each referral you get to participate in the sweepstakes, you get an additional 5 entries! The winner will get a custom Demon Killer for our projected retail price (essentially half-off for a custom jacket).  This price only includes custom sizing and color (please see disclaimer on additional customization).  However, we will reduce the base price in increments, all the way down to FREE, based on the number of contest entries.  The more friends you get to enter the contest, the cheaper the price! 

Enter to win! volantedesign.us/chance

Entries accepted until Noon EDT, Feb 15, 2014

Please Note: The fabrics shown in these photos is not final and is subject to change.

The Demon Killer Sweepstakes breaks the first Tier!
Over the weekend we broke the tier, but there’s still a long way to go. I know we can at the very least break the next tier before the weekend!
For each referral you get to participate in the sweepstakes, you get an additional 5 entries! The winner will get a custom Demon Killer for our projected retail price (essentially half-off for a custom jacket).  This price only includes custom sizing and color (please see disclaimer on additional customization).  However, we will reduce the base price in increments, all the way down to FREE, based on the number of contest entries.  The more friends you get to enter the contest, the cheaper the price! 
Enter to win! volantedesign.us/chance
Entries accepted until Noon EDT, Feb 15, 2014

The Demon Killer Sweepstakes breaks the first Tier!

Over the weekend we broke the tier, but there’s still a long way to go. I know we can at the very least break the next tier before the weekend!

For each referral you get to participate in the sweepstakes, you get an additional 5 entries! The winner will get a custom Demon Killer for our projected retail price (essentially half-off for a custom jacket).  This price only includes custom sizing and color (please see disclaimer on additional customization).  However, we will reduce the base price in increments, all the way down to FREE, based on the number of contest entries.  The more friends you get to enter the contest, the cheaper the price! 

Enter to win! volantedesign.us/chance

Entries accepted until Noon EDT, Feb 15, 2014

The Demon Killer makes it’s Debut!

Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to become one of the first to wear this new addition to the Volante Design repertoire. You can gain multiple entries into the sweepstakes and increase your odds by getting people you know to participate through Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter using the links provided after your first entry.

For each referral you get to participate in the sweepstakes, you get an additional 5 entries! The winner will get a custom Demon Killer for our projected retail price (essentially half-off for a custom jacket).  This price only includes custom sizing and color (please see disclaimer on additional customization).  However, we will reduce the base price in increments, all the way down to FREE, based on the number of contest entries.  The more friends you get to enter the contest, the cheaper the price! 

Enter to win! volantedesign.us/chance

Entries accepted until Noon EDT, Feb 15, 2014

We are currently working on constructing a prototype for the women’s version and will be adding photos as soon as it is completed. Needless to say, if you like the above images, you will like the women’s version. They are technically the same, after some adjustments to proportions.

When I said the site was up before, I meant to say that it is up now.