High Security Meets High Fashion
Slate follows up on word that Barack Obama wore bullet-proof clothing during his inauguration by noting that a Colombian company, Miguel Caballero, makes bullet-resistant leather jackets, polo shirts, windbreakers and ruffled tuxedo shirts, which range from a few hundred dollars to $7,000 in price.
Hmmm, who in Colombia would need fashionable, bullet-proof clothing?
Media Bistro's Unbeige had fun with the menswear line back in August, when it debuted at Harrods of London:
What do you buy for the Russian oligarch who has everything? How about a bulletproof tuxedo shirt (shown here) or a suede jacket that's resistant to mini Uzi fire?
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So Obama will have something to talk with Putin about!
Caballero's garments are available in three levels of protection, ranging from low (able to withstand, say, the shot of a .38 caliber pistol) to high (protecting against M5 submachine gun fire). In addition to its fashion lines, the company sells traditional body armor to military and security personnel.
There's even a local hook. Under a tab called "V.I.P. Clients," designer Caballero is pictured with hulking, huffing-and-puffing action star Steven Seagal, the recipient of one of ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's tainted Orange County Reserve Deputy badges.
I hope P. Diddy knows about this.
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