Bulletproof Clothing


Uploaded by vice on May 1, 2012

Transcript:
RYAN DUFFY: Hey, I'm Ryan Duffy.
And a few years ago, I got on a plane, went to Bogota,
Colombia, and asked a man to shoot me in the ribs.

The tailor's name was Miguel Caballero.
He prefers his nickname, which is the Armored Armani, which
is pretty good.
I mean, I don't blame the guy.
He took us on this big tour and he showed us a facility in
the warehouse where he did the shooting,
and he did the testing.
And it's a proper place with soundproofed thing and the
whole thing.
I figured we'd be going down there.
All of a sudden, we're just halfway through the interview,
and we're sitting in his office, and he goes, OK.
You want to get shot?
I was like, yeah, we might as well do it.
And I went to go get up, and he's like, no, no.
I got it right here.
Pulls it out of his desk drawer and stands up and
shoots me in his office from six feet away.
So here it is, my mom's least favorite piece of all time.
Vice presents "The Bulletproof Tailor."
So we're here in Bogota, Colombia, and we're about to
go see Miguel Caballero, who's been
called the Armored Armani.
He makes bulletproof gear, but he makes fashion-forward
lightweight bulletproof gear.
So a nice blazer or an overcoat, and even a
bulletproof tie.
The basic deal is for bodyguards and for kind of
VIPs, people who want to look good and somewhat sharp and be
comfortable while they're being shot at.
You would think that with the direction of world events,
Miguel will probably be very busy for a very long time.
So we're going to go talk to Miguel, see how everything is
made, and see if he won't let us take some of
it for a test drive.
So this is the tailoring area of Miguel's shop.
All these women are working on bulletproof vests and shirts
and jackets for United Nations, for various
presidents, for local police outfits--
pretty much anyone who thinks it's a reasonable possibility
that they'll get shot.
Where did the idea of incorporating elements of
actual fashion and design, rather than just
your standard bulky--

RYAN DUFFY: Do you think this will be everyday street wear
at some point in the not-so-distant future?
That everyone will want to feel protected, just in case?

RYAN DUFFY: Jesus Christ.

[KNOCKING]

RYAN DUFFY: And so does this one have plates
in there, or no?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah.
RYAN DUFFY: Yeah.
FEMALE SPEAKER: The plates do.
RYAN DUFFY: Oh, wow.

FEMALE SPEAKER: How do you think that?
RYAN DUFFY: It's bulletproof.
It's about as heavy as a wool sweater.
Almost frighteningly so.

RYAN DUFFY: And we've heard that all employees get shot.
Is that-- is that part of the deal?
Everyone tests it out?

RYAN DUFFY: Now we're in the ballistics area here, and
we're seeing where they kind of test out all the vests.
So apparently the deal is they drop the material here, and
then this plaster background here serves as kind of a
fill-in for the body so they can see how much impact,
whether the bullet's puncturing in too far or
whatnot, based on the marks on the plaster.
Did you get shot?
Do all employees get shot?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yes.
RYAN DUFFY: Really?
That's part of the rule?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah.
This is the [INAUDIBLE].
RYAN DUFFY: We gotta take it for a test ride.
Let's fucking shoot me, Miguel.

And how do you do that?
How can the weight be so markedly decreased?
So-- so much smaller?

FEMALE SPEAKER: Kimono.
This is for a special design for Steven Seagal.
RYAN DUFFY: So this, Steven Seagal came and said, I--
what's his-- who's shooting at Steven Seagal?
Do you know?
Wow.
He's a big motherfucker, isn't he?
God damn.

So this is, Steven Seagal said, I'm
really into this design.
Can you guys make this?
And this was custom-made for Steven Seagal.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah.
We can mail your design wherever you want.
RYAN DUFFY: Yeah.
Super light.
But this has the padding in it, right?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah.
RYAN DUFFY: So
FEMALE SPEAKER: And look at-- this is very flexible.
RYAN DUFFY: Yeah, it really is.
You sure that stops bullets?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Yeah.
Of course.
RYAN DUFFY: Steven Seagal.
Who are some of the other names that we would know?

RYAN DUFFY: Where else are your big markets?

RYAN DUFFY: If I was going to go into the boutique
in Mexico and just--
I needed something.
What does an average jacket go for now?

RYAN DUFFY: So where am I getting shot, exactly?
FEMALE SPEAKER: Here.
RYAN DUFFY: Here?
Really?
That's OK?
It ends right there.

RYAN DUFFY: This is not heavy-duty.

MIGUEL CABALLERO: One.
One.
RYAN DUFFY: One
MIGUEL CABALLERO: One, two, three, boom.

One, two, three, boom.
RYAN DUFFY: [EXHALES]
MIGUEL CABALLERO: Yeah, OK.
That's all.
RYAN DUFFY: OK.
RYAN DUFFY: Oh, that's just muscle?
MIGUEL CABALLERO: Yeah.
RYAN DUFFY: But if it goes through there, we have a bit
of a problem, right?
There's a bunch of organs and shit in there.
[LAUGHTER]
MIGUEL CABALLERO: Be cool, my friend.
Be cool.
RYAN DUFFY: Man, I look cool.
I can't not be cool in this jacket.
It is suede.
I wonder if it's waterproof.
Oh, you like that with the collar up a little more, huh?
RYAN DUFFY: We've been told that Miguel here is the
world's premiere bulletproof tailor.
But you know, there's a lot of bullshit in advertising, so
we're gonna take it for a test ride.

MIGUEL CABALLERO: OK.

Uno, dos--
[GUNSHOT]
MIGUEL CABALLERO: Tres.
Come out here to--
RYAN DUFFY: A little sneak attack there, huh?
Very clever.
MIGUEL CABALLERO: Check the bullets.
That's only--
nothing?
RYAN DUFFY: Nothing.
MIGUEL CABALLERO: You felt something like this, yes?
RYAN DUFFY: Yeah.
Wasn't bad, man.
Oh.
My knee is shaking.

MIGUEL CABALLERO: That's for you.
It's a souvenir.
RYAN DUFFY: Oh, my souvenir.
Look at that.
MIGUEL CABALLERO: It's there, you know?
RYAN DUFFY: That's what he just shot me with.
[GUNSHOT]
MIGUEL CABALLERO: No, no, don't worry.
RYAN DUFFY: That didn't hurt nearly as much as
I thought it would.
So that's the bullet and that's how it ends up.
That's fucking crazy.
He did the pediatrician trick, like when you go to get a shot
when you're little, and he's like, on three, I'm
going to stick you.
And you go, one, two, and then he sticks you?
He did that to me.
Just now.
And it worked.