If you haven’t updated your succession plan, and your high-profile CEO likes to be in the public eye (or is under indictment), you may want to request a catalog from Colombian designer Miguel Caballero. He has developed a line of bulletproof clothes chic enough for top execs.
According to the New York Daily News, the “dressed for distressed” line of clothing was inspired by the requests of Caballero’s wealthy Colombian clients, who wanted protection from drug cartel hit men and other violent types they might encounter.
When the designer watched stories of violence in the U.S. on his satellite TV, he immediately thought “new market,” according to the story. So he opened his first U.S. outlet in, of course, Miami. And the styles fit right at South Beach.
Not your ugly and bulky military-style flack jackets, the apparel line, made of Kevlar-like material bonded into layers, includes leather jackets, formal dinner jackets, polo and dress shirts, and even hoodies. The Italian-inspired clothing is so trendy and up-scale that fashion icon P. Diddy is a customer! Women can buy a sleek Firenze-style trench coat.
Cabellero’s website explains that the line comes in “low, medium and high protection levels. The low level protects from short range weaponry such as hand-guns and revolvers. The medium level protects against sub machine guns such as mini Uzis. And the high level protects against high powered assault rifles and machine guns like the MP5.”
Well, there is some bad news: the customer must undergo a criminal record check to order the clothing. But there’s good news: if the wearer is shot at within 6 months of the purchase, he or she can return the garment for a free replacement.
NY Daily News
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