Miguel Caballero (company)
Miguel Caballero is a bulletproof clothing company based in Bogotá, Colombia with outlets in Mexico City and Sao Paulo. It is best known for its fashion line of bulletproof clothing and counts among its clients Prince Felipe of Spain, the actor Steven Seagal, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, President Barack Obama of the United States of America and other heads of state. The company also supplies bulletproof clothing to the military, police and private security sector. Currently Miguel Caballero is working on a new Uniform project for the Mexican Military.
The company was founded in 1992 by Miguel Caballero, then a student at Universidad de los Andes. When he was a student in the university, he had the idea, with other classmates, to produce fashion clothes with bulletproof protection, because at the time such protection began to be popular for cars. He set up the company in 1995.
Miguel Caballero constructs clothes which help protect the wearer against bullets, knives and other weapons. The company began by making bulletproof leather and suede jackets, but has now expanded to other clothes, including raincoats, blazers, and a women's line. The products have been certified by the United States National Institute of Justice (from level IIIA to level IV). Other certifications include ICONTEC, IQNET, ISO 9001, IDIC, RENAR, F.A.N, TNO. The clothing can withstand ammunition from weapons including 9mm, .44 Magnum, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .50 AE, 5.56, 7.62 mm NATO, 6.8mm SPC and a .50 caliber round. According to the Huffington Post, Miguel Caballero will be offering a children's line which will include backpacks and clothing.
In 2005 Miguel Caballero was selected as one of the 31 best business ideas in the world by Business 2.0 magazine. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, CNN, BBC, BusinessWeek, Wired magazine, The History Channel and The Discovery Channel.
- BBC News: Bullet-proof fashion for S Africa 14 August 2008.
- New York Times: The Right Thing to Wear at the Wrong End of a Gun
- Bulletproof kimono: An interview with Miguel Caballero
- Bulletproof fashion for London's super rich - Telegraph
- Miguel Caballero, the Armani of armour - Telegraph
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2007)|