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The Next Big Thing in VIP Protection: Bulletproof Fashion Wear

By Matthew Harwood

In Bogota, Colombia,  Miguel Caballero has found a fashion niche that may make him the choice tailor to VIPs around the world: bulletproof clothing, reports VBS.TV's correspondent Ryan Duffy.

It sounds like a joke, but it's not.

Miguel explained his business model to me, and it was hard to dispute the logic. The world's an increasingly dangerous place for political leaders and citizens alike. Miguel is simply combining the need for safety with the natural desire to look good.

And judging by his success, I'm not the only one who gets it. There were rumors that President Obama wore some of Miguel's goods during his inauguration. Plus, look at the automobile industry. Not long ago, Hummers were the province of soldiers in combat. Today, they're a staple of suburban strip malls. How long until Miguel's pieces follow suit?

Caballero's clients include some of the continent's biggest and most controversial leaders: Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Peruvian President Alan Garcia, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Bogota's most unique tailor believes certain demographics in the United States will also clamor for his guerilla practicality and fashionista trendiness.

"You can find many targets in USA," he said. "For example, the hip-hop people maybe will be a big market."

And to ensure quality control, Caballero does something that may make prospective employees think twice about submitting their application.

"I shoot all of my employees, and I have received two times the test," Caballero told VBS.TV. 

Duffy earns some journalism cred and respect by undergoing the test himself.

"We're going to take it for a test ride," he said. "Miguel, shoot me."

You can watch Duffy's dispatch...and shooting, here.


♦ Photo by SnowyTom/Flickr

 

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