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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 peak. The Carricap was made at Carrick’s premises in Carlisle. It was designed by one of Carrick’s designers.

Kangol’s original seamless cap aslo appeared in 1954. Both caps immediately became successful. The popular ‘504’ cap tok it’s name from the reference number of the wooden hat block from which it had been shaped. The ‘Tropic’ cap was introduced in the late 1950s as a light summer cap to try and even out the traditional seasonal fluctuations in business. It provided an instant hit.

By 1954 Kangol has a monopoly on the beret game and adds a few more styles to the range such as the iconic 504 cap, the Carricap and women’s styles. {in 1957 distribution expanded to include the US and South Africa}. Celebrated designers lend their talents to Kangol such as Pierre Cardin and Mary Quant. The brand’s recognition continues to increase on a global scale.

   

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