After watching American children suffer multiple school attacks, Colombian designer Miguel Caballero reworked his safety fashion line for adults to cater to schoolchildren as well.
Miguel Caballero Company's new line, MC Kids, was created specifically to cater to the U.S. market, offering everything from bulletproof tank tops, T-shirts, vests and backpacks, many of which at first look appear to resemble everyday clothes. They are also designed to guard against knife attacks.
The designer's most buzzed-about item it the "safety vest," a garment designed for children only to wear in the face of a real emergency.
“These would basically be in the school and the students could get them. This way a teacher could tell them to put it on at the start of an incident much like when you are on a boat and they tell you to put on a life vest. So we are thinking about pre, post and during the incident,” said Caballero.
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Caballero previously created a bulletproof blanket to serve as shelter for students. Elite Sterling Security LLC in Aurora, Colo., began selling the security blanket in March.
MC Kids isn't the only line to release items designed for student safety. Salt Lake City-based company Amendment II released three body armor backpacks in 2012 following the Newtown, Conn., Sandy Hook massacre that left six teachers and 20 children dead. The $300 backpacks, which offered images of superheroes, fairies and a solid black SwissGear design for teens, skyrocketed in sales following the shooting.
“I can’t go into exact sales numbers, but basically we tripled our sales volume in backpacks that we typically do in a month — in one week,” Amendment II President Derek Williams told MotherJones.
Pricing for the MC Kids line and a U.S. release date have yet to be announced by Caballero.