The massacre at the U.S. school in Newtown, Connecticut, prompted Miguel Caballero, the Colombian known as the "Armani" of bullet-proof garments, to design in just two weeks a collection of clothing and accessories for children of ages 8 to 14.
It's an unobtrusive line of clothing, "security solutions" that, as Caballero told Efe in an interview, kids can wear in the street and at school without attracting any particular attention.
Caballero said it was clear that the market for his MC KIDS children's line is in the United States and Canada, because "that's where they have the problem."
So, after having several of his company's departments work together, he brought out the four categories of his collection: V-Bag, Puffer Kids, T-Shirt Kids and Safety Vest.
Sales of bulletproof backpacks and armored pants went through the roof in the United States after the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where deranged gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults.
Caballero started his firm 1992 with $10 in capital and today employs 180 people, producing 32,000 garments in 2012 ranging from police and army uniforms to bodyguards' wear to dress shirts, guayaberas and sport coats for businessmen, political leaders and entertainers.