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1938

Marketing them as a must-have post-war fashion item, Jacques becomes increasingly involved in the production and distribution of berets over the next 20 years. In 1938, Jacques creates the name KANGOL to distinguish himself from the competition. The most widely believed theory is that the founder combined the K from knitting, the ANG from angora, and the OL from wool. Whatever the true origins the name was an inspired invention. Officially born in Cleator, Cumbria in the U.K., Kangol gained notoriety as a brand for providing berets to the British army in WWII, most notably for General Bernard Montgomery. The anglo tradition continued in the post war years as Kangol outfitted the English Olympic Team with berets for the 1948 opening ceremonies.

   

Retrospective


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    1918

    Jacques Spreiregen returns to civilian life after WWI and enters into the headwear business in 1918 as an importer of...MORE

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    1938

    Marketing them as a must-have post-war fashion item, Jacques becomes increasingly involved in the production and distribution of berets over...MORE

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    1954

    The beret was re-designed into the first of the now famous Kangol caps by using stiffened materials to form a...MORE

  • 1964_01

    1964

    The business did flirt with the Swinging Sixties. The most influential youth icons of the 1960s were the Beatles. In...MORE

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    1981

    In 1979 hats are still being produced in the UK, however, the focus was on the US market, particularly golf...MORE

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    1983

    Princess Diana appears in Vogue wearing one of his pieces in 1983. In 1983 it was recognized that Kangol needed a...MORE

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    2012

    Today Kangol produces a wide range of headwear, that crosses generations and cultures. It’s not just hip hop and it’s...MORE

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    Janette Beckman

    Already a respected veteran photographer of music and youth culture for her work with Melody Maker and The Face capturing...MORE