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Suited, Booted and Bullet-Proofed

There is an article on the BBC website about a company in Holland that has opened up its first shop selling fashionable bullet-proof clothing. The brand of clothing is Colombian (where else?) and its range includes the classic vest, leather jackets, suits and even bullet-proof ties!!

I’m really struggling to see the point of a bullet-proof tie though! Unless you’re an incredibly thin chap I would have thought it unlikely that it offers too much in the way of protection.

Having said that, there are no pictures of these ties in the article so you just never know, that guy stood next to you at the bus stop may not just be into 1970s retro fashion! Maybe he couldn’t afford the whole suit and that huge kipper tie is the only thing standing between him and certain death at the hands of a rogue gunman!

And if he’s that concerned for his own safety it’s probably best to let him get on the bus and wait for the next one!

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nbaquero wrote on February 3, 2015, 1:55 PM

WorDazza I am Colombian, and learned about this a couple of years ago. They had the tailor/inventor on the news and even did a demonstration of a short range shot. Didn't know this was being sold in Europe already.

PS. I know my country used to be known as a very violent one, but that has changed in the last couple of decades. Still I know that the bad image we have as a country will take many more years to be erased.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 3, 2015, 2:01 PM

Those crazy Dutch! Who is shooting at the Dutch? Besides Austin Powers...

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Koalemos wrote on February 3, 2015, 2:09 PM

I agree with your verdict on a bullet proof tie. You would need to be very good to catch a bullet with your tie.

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 3, 2015, 2:12 PM

Especially a skinny one. Now a 1974 model would be a whole different thing...

Squidwhisperer wrote on February 3, 2015, 2:14 PM

I'd heard the same from a Colombian friend. The 80s/90s were a terrible time for all of Central and half of South America. But it really does seem like there's been a lot of positive change... not just in Colombia, but Chile, Argentina, Peru... Unfortunately Mexico seems to be getting worse.

WorDazza wrote on February 3, 2015, 2:28 PM

Indeed! Due to my diminutive stature I suspect I could comfortably fit behind one of my Dad's old favourites. A pointless exercise though as, unless he was keeping something from me, I seriously doubt his wardrobe was bullet-proof!

WorDazza wrote on February 3, 2015, 2:32 PM

nbaquero - I grew up hearing tales of violence in Columbia, in particular I remember the Andres Escobar murder! I apologise if my perception of your country is somewhat outdated. I certainly didn't intend to cause any offense. At least you are here to correct me!

nbaquero wrote on February 3, 2015, 3:21 PM

No offense taken WorDazza on the contrary thanks for your words. The murder of Andres Escobar is another of those sad chapters in our history, that have taught us that intolerance and violence is not the answer.

WorDazza wrote on February 3, 2015, 3:25 PM

nbaquero - If only that message could be equally successfully conveyed to certain other parts of the world.

kat123456 wrote on February 3, 2015, 4:14 PM

I have not heard of this and I struggle to see the point. A tie isn't going to get you very far!

OnlyErin6 wrote on February 3, 2015, 7:33 PM

That sounds terribly uncomfortable... I think I'd rather stay locked in my house.

JeanC wrote on February 4, 2015, 12:18 AM

Oh please I so hope they don't bring back 70s fashion, even for safety reasons. The fashions were so stupid then, I can't live thru that again!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 4, 2015, 11:08 AM

He would have been better opting for the vest LOl. Good to see you again Dazza emoticon :grin:

nbaquero wrote on February 4, 2015, 2:05 PM

Yes, sadlly it doesn't happen WorDazza Just look at what happened yesterday to the Jordan pilot killed by ISIS.

AliCanary wrote on February 7, 2015, 2:11 PM

"Colombian wide ties" are all the rage for the poor and in danger, then. Ring me up one!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 8:33 PM

Here in the US we can buy body armor unless we fall into a restricted group such as convicted felons. Different states have their own laws on where you can purchase the body armor and where you can wear it.