Fashion that saves lives
Columbian fashion designer, Miguel Caballero, has saved 20 lives with his bulletproof clothing. Some of his customers include numerous heads of state and VIPs – most notably the King of Jordan.
"My greatest satisfaction is not earning business, it's saving lives," Caballero, who founded the company 22 years ago, explains.
He created the world's first armored jacket in 1992, essentially changing the view of the armoured clothing market.
According to Caballero he only uses “the best English and Italian fabrics” for making the garments. Each are handmade and the textiles provide proactive temperature regulation, managing heat and moisture.
Nonetheless, safety has a price tag. Bulletproof men's suit cost between US$6,000 and US$8,000, with a blazer up to US$3,500. He even offers bulletproof underwear.
"It's amazing, it is discrete, it is lightweight, the innovation is beautiful, you don't even know that anyone is wearing it," explains Rasheda Walker, who sells Caballero's clothing in Nigeria and Kenya.
The company exports to 23 countries and also fabricates de-mining suits, as well as bulletproof vests for military and police forces.