How this Latino Turned Gun Violence into a Lucrative Enterprise

Miguel Caballero credit: CREDIT: TRENT MOORMAN / MOTHERBOARD

Miguel Caballero knows what it takes to protect someone from a gunshot. He also knows that conventional bulletproof vests can be bulky and obvious. Which is why he has become the maker of the most stylish bulletproof clothing in the world, and it’s not just bulletproof vests he makes.

His bulletproof clothing is so stylish that you’d have a hard time telling the difference between a regular t-shirt and one of his, a best-selling item ($1,690). Some of his clothes is so sharp, that he now makes clothes for 11 Latin American presidents. And, although it’s not confirmed, it’s rumored that he even dressed President Obama for his 2009 Inauguration.

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And after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Caballero also got inquiries from worried parents and decided to create a bulletproof backpack for kids.

But his 2016 collection — the most stylish to date — is what he’s going to show off at the NRA-sponsored Shot Show convention. It includes items like a classy dinner blazer made in corduroy, cotton, and suede, and can cost between $1,500 to $4,000 depending on the level of protection. There’s also the women’s sporty vest with an anti-trauma plate and breastbone protection. The panels can protect you against a bullet from .357 Magnums, 38 Supers, and mini Uzi submachine guns. It costs $3,800.

His clothes are not cheap, and it’s how, over the course of 24 years, he’s built a multi-million dollar company selling in more than 24 countries around the world.

He makes his clothes with multi-layered tissue made with cross-linked fiber that traps bullets and spreads the energy to a wider area. Usually, he tests his clothing items by shooting someone in front of his employees, and by doing so, he’s “telling my people we have to be excellent in the quality of our product,” he says. “We cannot have one little mistake.”

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