This week, Colombian designer Miguel Caballero launched his newest upscale fashion line in South Africa, one he hopes will win the heart’s of the country’s elite. But his fans are not only attracted the to aesthetics of his designs; Mr. Caballero’s clothing is bullet proof, a major selling point in countries like South Africa and his own, which suffer notoriously high rates of violent crime. A Johannesburg businessman agreed to host Cabellero’s first fashion show in the country, which was attended by military personal as well as wealthy fashionistas.
According to Mr. Caballero, his clothing line can withstand shots from even AK 47s, and customers can add stab-proofing to their garments for an extra fee. Ari Ben David, Caballero’s South African collaborator, admits that the line is quite pricey and is probably “out of reach for the ordinary person.” Nevertheless, Caballero’s label has been steadily growing, and South Africa is the most recent of the 16 countries where his designs are available.
Source: BBC News