Ryan Duffy of Vice introduces us to Miguel Caballero, the self professed ‘Armoured Armani’. The man behind a growing trend of sleek, wearable and most importantly fashionable, personal body armour. Ryan gets a behind-the-scenes tour of Mr. Caballero’s factory in Bogota Columbia, and for his efforts, is indoctrinated in the same manner as all of Miguel’s employees; by testing out the garments against live ammunition, delivered by none other than Mr. Caballero himself.
“I shoot all of my employees”, Mr. Caballero proudly informs us, and then goes on to further emphasize the quality control philosophy that he stringently adheres too. All of this which makes complete sense when your client’s life is literally in the hands of your business and its employees.
Ryan tries on a light weight, short-sleeved piece of armoured apparel. From coats and jackets to shirts and suits, Mr. Caballero is looking to meet all of his clients needs.
Mr. Caballero produces body armour for the military as well, but his VIP and Executive clients have demanded something tailored specifically for the civilian market, and in a form and fashion that makes it as low profile, and comfortable as possible. His client list includes Heads of State, business magnates, and numerous political figures. Mr. Caballero hopes that the USA will provide a wealth of market potential and new clients. He specifically believes his garments will become fashionable amongst the Hip Hop community given its affinity for guns and violence. Not to mention that more than a handful of notable Hip Hop artists have met their unfortunate demise by the actions of disgruntled gunmen.
Quite the calm expression for a man on the business end of a .38. The jacket featured is full length suede.
Body armour has taken leaps and bounds in terms of effectiveness, weight, materials and comfort for the wearer. From early appearances of medieval armour and onwards into modern day, armour, along with the weaponry it protects us from has consistently evolved.
Conventional Vests and Liquid Armour Explained | Plate armour for Henry II of France, made around 1555, with elaborate ornamental embossing.
Modern day armour is once again capitalizing on the technological industry and a revolutionary new liquid armour is currently being developed. Check out the videos below on what is being called “Bullet-Proof Custard” and see the incredible Ballistics test performed on it.
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