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Tailors at Garrison’s Bespoke in Toronto have lined a vest and suit jacket with several ultrathin sheets of carbon nanotubes: a state-of-the-art puncture-proof and bullet-resistant material.

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David Tran, Garrison’s head of marketing, sourced the nanotube material online through a company that has provided anti-ballistic gear for the U.S. Army Special Forces. (The manufacturer agreed to work with Garrison’s so long as it remains anonymous.)

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Mr. Train says the shielded suit will be able to stop a speeding bullet.

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Garrison co-owner Michael Nguyen became convinced Toronto would have a market for inconspicuously armoured business attire when one of Garrison’s clients, a cosmetics-company executive, was assassinated in the Philippines. ‘Many of our customers work in finance, mining and oil, and are often travelling to dangerous parts of certain countries,’ Mr. Nguyen said.

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Safety is not actually a factor for several of Garrison’s more extravagant clients, who have already ordered the $20,000 suit. ‘Certain customers might never actually wear a Garrison bulletproof suit, but they still want to own one,’ Mr. Nguyen said.

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On Nov. 5, 2013, invitees at the Ajax Rod and Gun Club will be encouraged to fire off a few rounds from a semi-automatic pistol at a bust form dressed in the tweed vest and a matching two-button jacket and trousers (a navy pinstriped three-piece will also be on site).

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