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..