Caballero $12,000 Bulletproof Polo Worn by Princes and PresidentsBy Jared Paul Stern • • Category: Fashion, New & Noteworthy
A $12,000 anti-ballistic polo shirt made of ultra-lightweight bulletproof fabric by Colombian designer Miguel Caballero is now available from Harrod’s of London. Caballero has been dubbed the “Armani of armor” by high-profile clients such as Prince Felipe of Spain, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. His proprietary lightweight, removable ballistic panels allow for maximum flexibility and discretion while providing protection from weaponry ranging from a 9mm pistol to an Uzi. Just the thing for riding in the back of your new Maybach Landaulet.
The polo shirt is from Caballero’s high-end Black Label line, virtually indistinguishable from Italian designer garments, which includes various leather jackets and even a bulletproof tuxedo shirt. However, since the linen-covered polo is by necessity quite thin, considerable skill and expense is involved in crafting it. Harrod’s is the first and only retail outlet for Caballero’s line outside of South and Central America, catering to demand to the increasing number of Russian oligarchs who are buying up London’s priciest real estate. However, U.S. residents can order custom-made garments directly from Caballero’s Bogota atelier, should you wish for a bulletproof cashmere topcoat, for instance.