This is Daniel Jaquet who I met at the Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff. He smokes a pipe. He got a $20,000 grant to have this armor made for him so he could do scholarly experiments. In order to become at ease with the armor he wore it when he went out to Starbucks, out on walks, and to places like the library or to do his laundry. This is the kind of alternative lifestyle that is available to people these days. It is a great example of the freedom available to creative people in the world we live in today. Daniel is one of the fascinating and exciting people I met at the conference who are investigating and practicing traditional Western martial arts. They were a large contingent at the conference and have something fascinating to offer the world. There is something very satisfying about being around people who dream big, the very nature of what we call art is changing. We have a name for this already, it is called "the culture of makers" and it is changing the way we see, hear, and move. It is changing what it means to learn and study.
For the economists out there: Speaking in historic monetary terms, at the time this sort of armor was worn by knights it cost the equivalent of a house, about half a million dollars.
Here is Daniel Jaquet's academia.edu page.