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Grace Under Pressure — Bogota

by Anne Miltenburg

Crime rates in Colombia have soared over the past decades, leading to a flourishing market in protective clothing. While traditional bulletproof vests are heavy and bulky, designed more for safety than for comfort or fashion, entrepreneur Miguel Caballero has taken the market by storm with his brand of secure, yet light and stylish protective garments that are difficult to distinguish from normal jackets and shirts. The clothing can withstand shots from close range, which Caballero and his staff regularly demonstrate to clients by shooting at each other. With moms and dads now stylishly protected in armoured cars and garments, Caballero is expanding his reach to a new audience. His new line, MC Kids, includes backpacks with attached thermal vests, promising 360° protection for the tiny tots of concerned parents.

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