years, women have had to make due with concealed carry gear designed for
men. Alison Scutte and Darlene Cahill
became frustrated by the lack of options for women and decided to design their
own concealed carry line made especially for women.
are typically curvier than men and I could never find anything comfortable or
feminine to conceal my weapon,” Cahill commented. “It was impossible to find
something that would fit into a woman’s casual or business wardrobe.”
the ‘made for women’ holsters I tried were uncomfortable, awkward and sometimes
painful,” Scutte said.
two friends, with a vision inspired by comfortable women’s shape wear,
developed a made-for-women line, which is expanding rapidly. Launched in mid-2013,
they had no idea how fast Can Can Concealment would take off.
Concealment’s mission statement is simple: to help women protect themselves and
the ones they love by providing a secure, stylish and comfortable holstering
system that they will want to use every day.
Hip Hugger for Off-Duty
passionate about concealed carry, Scutte and Cahill started with the Hip Hugger
and Corset concepts. Available in small, medium, large and extra large, these
holsters conform to fit women of all body types. They even offer optional Size
Extenders so that every woman can have a custom fit.
Hugger Holster allows carry of up to four firearms and three magazines at the
same time. It can be worn for front or back and right, left or cross draw. The
Hip Hugger Holster, part of their classic collection, is perfect for all micro
and sub-compact guns up to 6 inches and 16 ounces.
to fit a woman’s curves, the Corset Holster combines the slimming benefits of
shape wear with the security of personal concealment. This was designed with
the professional woman in mind as a foundation piece under business attire.
Big SheBang for Duty Size
after these items launched, we received a surprising number of calls from
female law enforcement officers looking for an off-duty holster that would fit their
issued sidearm,” Scutte stated. “That’s when The Big SheBang was born. This is Can
Can’s solution for women who carry larger weapons.”
conceal large firearms up to 32 ounces including most police-issued 9mm guns.
Equipped with two magazine pockets and a cell phone pocket (large enough for a
Droid with an Otterbox), this holster has revolutionized the flexible, inside
Concealment also offers Garter Holsters that are both practical, pretty and
offer a real solution for under-skirt carry. “Our customers come from all over
the country and range from new moms, to police officers, to empty nesters,”
Scutte noted. “Every holster is designed for a woman’s body with the focus on
safety, comfort and accessibility.”
recently added a Garter Belt that attaches to the Garter Holster for enhanced
security during daily activities and undercover work,” Cahill elaborated. “Think
of it as an under-skirt version of a tactical drop leg holster.”
State Trooper Input
completed a recent four-day self-defense course at FrontSight with Alaska State
Troopers, the women added an additional safety feature: reholstering tabs for a
no-look re-holster. Other unique features standard across all Can Can holsters
include magnetic weapon retention for extra security, military-grade
compression elastic, silicone Non-Slip Tacti-Grip, and three-row hook & eye
closures for the perfect fit.
experience, they know what women want and need in concealed carry wear. Every
holster will accommodate at least two firearms and include convenient pockets
for both protection and personal items. You can stow magazines, knives, a cell
phone, keys, money, pepper spray or even a lipstick. Beyond functionality, Can
Can’s options are shape-wear inspired, figure-flattering, and come in a variety
of bright, fun colors.
time, holster manufacturers only catered to men,” Scutte said. “That’s changing
dramatically as more and more women are taking personal protection into their
own hands. Our holsters allow both female law enforcement officers and
civilians to carry confidently with a safe, sophisticated self-defense system
that fits like a glove.”
in the USA by women, Can Can is passionate about employing locally. As their
business grows, Scutte and Cahill have plans to create a manufacturing center
in Tampa, Fla. employing local craftsmen to construct their products. With the
intent to provide women with a safe, comfortable and feminine option for
concealed carry, Can Can Concealment is successfully filling a niche in the
growing market of women’s self defense accessories.
Kelly Diedring Harris is the
public relations representative for Can Can Concealment and may be reached at