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Kangol


Established in Cumbria, England in 1938 and adopted in the early 80's by the trailblazers of the hip-hop phenomenon, Kangol® maintains a reputation for crafting world-class headwear. It is said the name Kangol® derives from Knit/ANGora/woOL. Kangol® berets originally worn by the British Military in WWII, most notably by General Bernard Montgomery, ultimately evolved into the iconic Kangol® 504 Cap. "Born British, raised on the streets of New York" underpins who Kangol® is, where the brand came from and what the brand stands for. Kangol® today is a cultural fusion, taking the best of British Heritage, retro hip-hop and mixing it with future fashion

Shoebuy Insider on Kangol

A hat can tie an outfit together. Belts and ties may garner glances and compliments, but they are more common wardrobe staples. Sporting a belt or tie doesn't flash too much personality. It takes confidence, style, and a little Frank Sinatra-esque swagger to pull off a lid. Hats, not to be confused with cold weather gear and more commonplace baseball caps, are another way to say something about you.

Whether you want to mix up your look with a scally cap or fancy a fedora for a Rat Pack homage, Kangol is a leader. Kangol's lids have been a mainstay in modern fashion since their introduction during pre-WWII. Beginning with military style berets, the brand constantly evolved, with styles like the Bermuda Casual and the 504 enjoying popularity atop the heads of music icons like The Beatles, Run DMC, Notorious B.I.G., and LL Cool J.

Kangol is a safe bet for any fashion futures trader. The brand's ability to transition from its military roots to 60's style sensation to fashion cornerstone of rap community demonstrates Kangol's versatility. As styles come and go, new niches will continue to adopt the Kangol brand and make it their "own".