AFP

TORONTO-Canadian tailor has released a three-piece suit that has everything a danger-seeking 21st century executive could need - killer looks plus bulletproof protection that would make James Bond envious.

The company, Garrison Bespoke, believes it has combined style and safety, using lightweight carbon nanotube technology to absorb impact from bullets fired from handguns and prevent punctures from knife attacks. All in all, the luxury suit, retailing at almost Can$20,000, seeks to provide a select few customers a way to avoid being killed while traveling abroad. “We focused on making the ultimate James Bond suit,” said David Tran, head of special projects for Garrison Bespoke.

“The tailoring industry is actually quite sleepy, and you want to be challenged like this.” Tran said the suit was inspired by a conversation with a client who was shot in a foreign country six months ago, but lived to tell the tale. At his next visit to the store, he confessed that he was shaken up by the near fatal encounter. “After five minutes, we thought, ‘Are we really serious here?’ And then we started looking into it,” said Tran. As purveyors of smart tailoring, however, the company could not simply use bulky Kevlar, the typical combat protection material that is used in police and regulation military gear.  So they reached out to contractors - Tran has an agreement to keep their name secret - who previously provided elite body armor to US Special Forces in Iraq.

Once a suit has been custom-tailored, six thin nanotube sheets are slipped into the lining of the back of the suit jacket and in the front of the vest, allowing the fit to remain crisp and clean.