US fashion retailer sells bulletproof clothes to protect against shootings

A clothing store is selling bulletproof fashion for a market that saw two of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history in 2017.

Armoured handmade clothing line Aspetto sells garments that are both stylish and protective. The clothing comes in five levels of armour, all of which are government-certified.

Co-founder Abbas Haider says quality is absolutely crucial for their products.

"People are literally trusting their lives with this product so you can't sell something that we don't think is going to work," he told CBS.

An armoured t-shirt costs almost $US1000, and a full suit is $US8000.

While 85 percent of Aspetto's customers work for government agencies, they also sell to everyday Americans who want to feel safe.

They say that after mass shootings, like the one in October 2017 that killed 58 people in Las Vegas, demand for Aspetto "unfortunately" goes up.

The Las Vegas shooting was the deadliest in US history. It was quickly followed by the Sutherland Springs shooting in Texas in November, in which 26 people were killed.

The country suffered more than 300 mass shootings in 2017.


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