Marisha Kelly, wearing a men’s bullet proof tuxedo shirt and a woman’s quitted vest, while posing for photos in Miami. The clothing was made by Miguel Caballero from Colombia, which is now being sold primarily to clients from South America. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Designer Miguel Caballero first developed his line in his native Colombia, where wealthy clients needed protection from Medellin drug cartel hit men, but didn’t like the bulky look of bulletproof vests.

After all, if you must run away from a shooter, why not do it in couture?

Two years ago, Caballero saw the sky-high level of gun violence in the U.S. and thought, “Market!”

He opened up in Miami, and it’s been a thriving business ever since.

Celebrities were the first to wear his impermeable apparel. Caballero made Sean (Diddy) Combs a bulletproof white dinner jacket, tunics for the Wu Tang Clan and a kimono for Steven Seagal, New Yorker writer David Owen reports.

The journalist even allowed the designer to shoot him while he was wearing one of his sporty black suede jackets. The bullet, Owen writes, “was flattened and rounded like a mushroom cap.”

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Why should celebrities get all the protection?

One glance at his website shows there’s something for every New Yorker living in a dangerous neighborhood.

There’s the classic Firenze Coat for women, a figure-hugging trench. For fall, there’s the Giorgo, in plaid.

Read the rest of Joanna Molloy’s article at the N.Y. Daily News. For more information on the U.S. distributor visit

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