FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Widespread devastation across the country. These haunting scenes have now become America’s sad and gut-wrenching truth. Mass shootings have happened in many areas across the country and have left many with uneasy feelings.
That’s where Abbas Haider and Robert Davis come into play.
“Right after the Vegas shooting, I remember clearly that we had a grandma reach out to us saying that she didn’t feel comfortable going to the grocery store. She wanted a ballistic sweatshirt,” says Abbas Haider, CEO of Aspetto Inc.
“Here in Fredericksburg, we make all of our garments for ballistics and non-ballistic wear. So, we’re constantly moving. There’s carriers of nylon going out as well as high-end Italian fabrics going out the door,” says Robert Davis, COO of Aspetto Inc.
Their brand is called Aspetto – meaning appearance in Italian. But, the concept is much deeper than looks. They’re bringing peace of mind to clientele by combining both armor and clothing all in one.
“It looks very clean. It’s well draped – like an every day suit – and that’s what we would go for a clandestine, low profile ballistic suit,” says Davis.
“I had a teacher recently who reached out to me and said she wanted a ballistic jacket during recess time when she goes out with the kids on the playground. We get the saddest requests,” says Haider.
Those requests go from oil executives, politicians, foreign dignitaries and also your average, everyday people – like teachers and loved ones – who just want to feel protected and safe in everyday life.
Fine details intricately are woven and stitched with high tech bulletproof gear. The wearable technology takes about ten weeks to customize and can cost anywhere between $2,500 to $10,000.
You can read more about Aspetto and see it in action HERE.