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dateline: 03 February 2015

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Bullet-proof Fashion Store Opens in the Netherlands

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • bullet-proof: designed for protection against projectiles that are shot from a firearm
  • specialize: to offer a specific product or service; to become an expert in something
  • intended: designed specifically for someone or something
  • armoured: providing protection from weapons
  • showcase: to display in front of an audience
  • high-profile: famous; well-known

Bullet-Proof Fashion Store Opens in the Netherlands

A new clothing store specializing in , bullet-proof clothing has opened to the general public in the Netherlands. The owner of the shop says that the clothing, which includes suits and ties, is intended for people who work in high-risk locations, such as jewellery stores. He also that demand for armoured clothing has increased since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Last spring, Miguel Cabellero, the Colombian designer of the clothing, the world’s when he showcased his bullet-proof fashion line at a fashion show in Mexico. Some of Cabellero’s customers include high-profile world leaders. This new store in the Netherlands suggests, however, that the need for bullet-proof protection is no longer limited to high-profile or security workers.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Why does the report mention jewellery stores?
    2. What recent event caused everyday people to search for bullet-proof clothing?
    3. Who is Miguel Cabellero?

Discussion Questions: What events or circumstances might inspire everyday people to wear armoured clothing? Do you think you will see stores like this in your own country soon?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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