Bulletproof clothing store closed


Published: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 6:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 6:24 p.m.

MEXICO CITY - Mexican police have closed down a store run by Miguel Caballero, a Colombian designer sometimes known as "the Armani of bulletproof clothing," for selling bulletproof vests without a permit.

While Caballero's clothes including a line of casual and formal jackets for women can withstand bullets, they got caught in a crossfire of strict Mexican regulations in part aimed at keeping flak vests out of the hands of criminals. On Saturday, the government announced the closure of the store in the wealthy Mexico City neighborhood of Polanco.

Miguel Caballero Ltd. is known for its slim, stylish and round-resistant sport coats, leather jackets and shirts. The firm's Mexican branch also sells vests and apparently did not comply with a federal law requiring government approval for those sales.

The doors of Caballero's boutique were pasted over with official closure seals, but the federal Public Safety Department said the company's representatives could remedy the situation by obtaining the necessary permits.

Mexican police are fighting continuous battles with drug gangs, whose members frequently uses bulletproof cars, vests and fake police uniforms.

No one answered calls to the company's listed telephone numbers in Mexico City.

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