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While Kevlar’s great and all, what if you could downgrade the bulky and conspicuous armor into, say, an ordinary t-shirt without sacrificing safety? That may one day be the case as scientists are working on armored cotton t-shirts that are light, flexible and possess the properties of boron carbide, the third hardest material on the planet.
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Designer Miguel Caballero, has made a new line of bulletproof clothing,and he has seen a surge in sales ahead of the much anticipated World Cup in South Africa, which is deemed by many a fan to be unsafe. The clothing is made to withstand machine gun fire, aswell as look fabulous (darling).
The company is based just outside of Bogota, in columbia and took in 13 million pounds last year, mainly from troubled countries such as, Russia, Mexico, and Middle Eastern countries. Furthermore its rumoured he has made suits for Gordon Brown, and Barack Obama, but the company refuses to comment on its clients.Designer Miguel Caballero, has made a new line of bulletproof clothing,and he has seen... more
One designer, Miguel Caballero, is a major player in the U.S., which he sees as a potential growth market. His Colombia-based firm, which bears his name, sold about $6.4 million worth of bullet-resistant clothing for civilian use last year, accounting for 40% of its revenue. It also sells traditional bullet-resistant vests to the police and military.
The clothes are manufactured in Colombia with final touches in Mexico, using thick strands of synthetic fibers known as aramids, tightly woven and layered to create a bullet-resistant barrier.
Items range in price from around $800 to as much as $14,000, depending on the style, sizing and level of protection. An Italian leather jacket with the lowest level of protection can run $5,900.
Polo T-shirts can start at around $4,000.
The clothes are meant to be unnoticeable. And while they are heavier than a regular article of clothing — a polo shirt with medium protection can weigh just over 4 pounds, while a leather jacket can weigh between 5 and 6 pounds — new technology has made them lighter and more functional and fashionable.
They have a system designed to radiate the energy from the point of impact, reducing the blow on the body. They also sport waterproof panels that protect against humidity and sweat.
Some of the company’s biggest markets are Mexico — where drug-related crime is rife — India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brazil and the rest of Latin America.
The clothing is also being sold at the luxury store Harrods in London.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/10/07/2009-10-07_company_makes_hiphop_stylish_bulletproof_tshirts_and_jackets.html#ixzz0TIvtHjLvOne designer, Miguel Caballero, is a major player in the U.S., which he sees as a... more
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infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.This week on infoMania The Real Housewives of New Jersey say goodbye in style, Heidi... more
MEXICO CITY: Exclusive clothing boutiques line Avenida Presidente Masarik here. A Burberry coat? A Corneliani suit? A Gucci scarf? Have enough pesos, and they are yours.
But tucked on a leafy side street in the Polanco neighborhood is a shop unlike the others, one whose bustling business says much about the dire state of security in this country. At Miguel Caballero, named after its Colombian owner, all the garments are bulletproof.
There are bulletproof leather jackets and bulletproof polo shirts. Armored guayabera shirts hang next to protective windbreakers, parkas and even white ruffled tuxedo shirts. Every member of the sales staff has had to take a turn being shot while wearing one of the products, which range from a few hundred dollars to as much as $7,000, so they can attest to the efficacy of the secret fabric.
"If feels like a punch," a salesman said of the shot to the stomach he received.
Just who is willing to fork over thousands of dollars for these chic shields? Customers include Presidents Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, not to mention assorted royalty, movie stars and other VIP's.
As Mexico grapples with an increase in drug-related violence, sales are steadily on the rise, the company said, though it declined to provide precise figures.
Those who duck into the private boutique, passing first through a metal detector, run the gamut.
There is the surgeon who finishes work at the hospital late and feels vulnerable while walking through the parking lot to his car. Now, that potential burglar can take a shot at him with a .38-caliber revolver, a 9-millimeter pistol or a submachine gun and still not pierce his lightweight, heat-resistant and quite fashionable coat.
MEXICO CITY: Exclusive clothing boutiques line Avenida Presidente Masarik here. A... more
It may sound like a joke, but this is a serious matter - the policewoman who came up with the idea said normal bras can be dangerous when worn in combination with a bullet-proof vest.
"The impact of a bullet can push the metal and plastic bits of the bra into an officer's body, causing serious injury," said Carmen Kibat, an adviser on equal opportunities for the Hamburg-based Bundespolizei - Germany's federal police force. It may sound like a joke, but this is a serious matter - the policewoman who came up... more
Fashion designer Miguel Caballero understands that if you lead the high life in crime-ridden Colombia, you should be able to look good while being sprayed by automatic gunfire.
In fact, Caballero has designed a whole line of bulletproof clothing for men and women, including guayaberas, polo shirts, jackets and even an updated version of the classic bulletproof vest. His leather jacket weighs only a few pounds, and nobody would suspect that you had full protection.
In addition to size runs, customers can seek a specific level of protection -- low will only withstand 9MM slugs and high will take on gunfire from Uzis and other automatics.
A few items sell for as low as $2,000, but you'll have to shell out $10 Gs for the polo shirt that withstands automatic weapon fire.
We just hope the bad guys don't start using flamethrowers.Fashion designer Miguel Caballero understands that if you lead the high life in... more