Toronto-based luxury bespoke tailoring house Garrison Bespoke launched the first fashion-forward bulletproof suit with a live ammo field-testing event using twenty-two and forty calibre handguns at the Ajax Rod and Gun Club. The bulletproof suit proved effective and no bullets penetrated the suit.
“After receiving requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work, we set out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath,” said Michael Nguyen, co-owner and bespoke tailor of Garrison Bespoke.
The Garrison Bespoke bulletproof suit is made with carbon nanotubes created using nanotechnology and originally developed to protect the US 19th Special Forces in Iraq. The patented material is thinner, more flexible and fifty per cent lighter than Kevlar, which is traditionally used for bulletproof gear. The Garrison Bespoke bulletproof suit also protects against stabbing - the carbon nanotubes (which are thirty times stronger than steel) harden on impact preventing a knife from penetrating.
The cost of a Garrison Bespoke bulletproof suit starts at $20,000.
The live ammo field-testing event demonstrated the suit’s capabilities and offered a first look at Garrison Bespoke’s new collection, Town & Country, inspired by the great outdoors. Each piece in the new collection can be made bulletproof by request.
Garrison Bespoke is a luxury menswear boutique in Toronto’s Financial District that creates custom garments to help clients make their mark. Designed with modern style and classic foundations, Garrison Bespoke pieces are conservative enough to create credibility but unique enough to stand out. A sharp pinstripe suit with crushed jade woven into the cloth for good luck is one client’s signature look. Secret suit pockets are the norm.