Tactica Defense Fashion Answers Call for Concealed Carry Clothing

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Tactica Defense Fashion offers fashion-forward concealed carry clothing, gear and holsters to women. (Photo: Tactica Defense Fashion)

Working in the fashion industry for over 20 years, Sandi Little knows a thing or two about style, trends and all things fashionista. The mom of three now puts her talents and know-how to use as the President of Tactica Fashion — a new concealed carry apparel and accessory maker housed under the Alien Gear Holsters family banner.

Tactica Defense Fashion could just be a spot for women to shop for concealed carry gear but Little has bigger plans for the company, looking to bring female gun owners together in a supportive, encouraging network. Guns.com sat down with Little to talk about Tactica Defense Fashion, its mission and what sets this concealed carry focused company apart.

Guns.com: Give me a little backstory on the company and how you got involved.

Little: Alien Gear Holsters obviously has been one of the leaders in concealed carry for many years. They’ve been trying to break into the women’s market, but the team consisted of a lot of guys. I have been in the garment and fashion design business pretty much my entire life. Also, I am a pro-2A person, so when they reached out to me I decided to put that fashion industry background to use with the gun industry to launch this company. We want to help women really find a solution for carrying without giving up their fashion sense.

Guns.com: It seems like you guys are moving right along. I learned about you back at SHOT Show in January and since then I’ve seen more and more items creep up on the website.

Little: That was just us dipping our toes in. The actual garment and fashion side are about to be launched in about a month. We have a huge release coming out for fall. I have spent the last year in development figuring out what is comfortable and fashionable without sacrificing safety.

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President Sandi Little has a background steeped in fashion design. (Photo: Tactica Defense Fashion)

Guns.com: It’s interesting that you mention that because there are a lot of so-called women’s products out there that are borderline unsafe and obviously focus on the aesthetic rather than safe carry. How do you balance that at Tactica Defense Fashion?

Little: With our clothing, there is no concern that if you run or move or carry a child that the gun is going to fall over. Being a manufacturer of holsters, safety is always going to be our first concern. From there we branch out to comfort and fashion.

With every design, I am focused on first of all is it safe? Does it conceal? Is it fashionable? All of our clothing has to have all of those things. A lot of our clothing has built-in trigger guards — all patent-pending designs. We also have an entire garment collection designed to work around our Belly Band, so you can draw from that hard shell Belly Band through your clothing.

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The company offers innovative designs that cater to women. (Photo: Tactica Defense Fashion)

Guns.com: I actually have the sweater that works with the belly band and I have to say, it’s a pretty unique concept. I don’t think many other manufacturers, if any, are really doing this kind of full integration. Do you think this is what sets Tactica Defense apart from other concealed carry companies?

Little: Absolutely! We are feminine, but there’s no frou-frou in what we’re doing. It’s just simple concealment. When I first got into this, I heard people saying “just put a scarf around your neck and no one will look at your hip area where your gun is.” That’s not a solution for me. If you look at what I went for, I went for solid colors which are notoriously the hardest colors for concealment. I’m launching most of my clothing in solid colors. There will be prints in the future, but I really want to show how to conceal without having to wear prints.

Guns.com: Is there anything else you think our readers should know about Tactica Defense Fashion?

Little: I think we have a great product and I’m proud of the products we are creating, but I am also really about creating a community. I want to build a like-minded community for women. I am finding that social groups for women that are like us are really far and few in between. I want to fill that void.

We just did our first lunch here last week where we had a powerful group of 35 to 40 women in our office. We had an instructor come talk about safety, concepts on carrying and just overall what it’s like as a woman carrying. I want women to have a forum in every state to gather and talk and ask questions. It’s one of my big missions.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy what I am doing!

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Building a community of like-minded women is just as important as the products, Little says. (Photo: Tactica Defense Fashion)

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