Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Chavez In A Kevlar Vest? Can I Have One!?

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted the reoccuring connection between fashion and bulletproof vests. When I hear those two words, a couple of people come to my mind. One is good, the other not so much; Helmut Lang and 50 Cent. Lang incorporated this hardline approach in his 1990's period of fashion reign. He fused a minimal formal look with casual military influences, as such shaping the army inspired fashion we see today. Fiddy, on the other hand, didn't know what looked best: wearing the vest or showing off his nine bullet holes. To his credit, he managed both in an excedingly annoying way. Anyway, the NYT article told us about another use of fashionable kevlar: style conscious world leaders who need protection! This is the story of Miguel Caballero, one of the main players in this fascinating game of Get Good Lookin Or Die Tryin (I'm sorry that was a really bad one, I know)

"Caballero, a Colombian entrepreneur — and for nearly two decades a reigning monarch of high-end body armor — is no stranger to that reality. Mr. Caballero has sold trench coats, business suits, riding jackets and blazers to an A-list clientele including President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. His deep-pocketed clients order custom-tailored Italian leather jackets that can deflect bullets from a handgun (about $6,000) or polo shirts that can cost as much as $4,000. A year ago, Mr. Caballero opened a boutique in Mexico City, where its neighbors are Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani"

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