The shot explosions echo throughout the hollow bunker at the Ajax Rod and Gun Club in Toronto. It takes three 9mm bullets to believe that this wasn’t just any ordinary navy pinstripe bespoke suit jacket resting on a mannequin in the centre of the concrete room.
At the permission of the instructor, a crowd of media members venture out from behind the “safety line” to explore Garrison Bespoke’s latest tailoring creation.
Cameras flash like strobe lights as co-owner Michael Nguyen confirms the success; each bullet is lodged within the jacket, never making it past the inner lining. Basically, the guy who would be wearing this special number would still be alive and kicking. Not to mention still looking dapper as hell.
The new bullet-proof suit by Garrison starts at a fancy $20,000 and was created in response to “requests from high-profile clients who travel to dangerous places for work,” says Nguyen. If you’re thinking the oil and diamond business, then you’re right.
The company used nanotechnology to achieve the sleek result, stitching in a thin layer of carbon nanotubes within the jacket. The protective material is not only lighter and more flexible than Kevlar, but also 30 times stronger than steel when hit on impact. It’s also used by the US 19th Special Forces.
“We set out to develop a lightweight, fashion-forward bulletproof suit as a more discreet and stylish alternative to wearing a bulky vest underneath.”
Watch the gun shot trial in action here via Instagram video:
And also check out the CityNews Toronto segment to get more information on the new product:
Jeremy Singer is a freelance writer and reporter from Toronto. He has a journalism degree from Ryerson University, and enjoys covering all aspects of men’s lifestyle and pop culture. He hopes to one day try on an $8,000 suit but not buy it, because he’s afraid of commitment. Feel free to contact him on Twitter or at his website.