Esquire Features Aspetto
This Is the Bulletproof Limo of Suits
Aspetto makes bespoke suits that could literally save your life.
That's a big deal. According to Haider, "NIJ is National Institute of Justice. So, they do testing and they approve ballistics that the government can use. They have certain requirements that must be met. The FBI also has it's own standards that are a little more strict than regular NIJ standards." So this is the toughest stuff out there.
And it's not just all bulletproof suits at Aspetto. They can add unobtrusive ballistic protection to almost anything, including dress shirts, vests, undershirts, shoes, and "even ballistic boxer briefs for your femoral artery," Haider tells me. With gear this advanced, of course the State Department wants in too, and recently contracted Aspetto to make antimicrobial, ballistic undershirts for their employees in Guatemala.
Quality like this doesn't come cheap, though, with ballistic suits in the $5,000 to $7,000 range, about $5,000 more than a traditional bespoke suit. You can't just hop on the website and order this stuff. Aspetto prefers to take ballistic orders over the phone or in person, partly because they're more complicated and "the ideas is to have as little an imprint as possible," Haider says.
With the State Department and Gilt as contractors already, Aspetto is thriving, but of course, like any good company they're looking to the future. Haider says, "we're getting into wearable technology. Wearable technology is our new focus and you guys are going to see some really, really cool stuff with wearable tech. "
With ballistic suits that luxurious, sleek, and tough, we believe him.