Kangol is a manufacturer of clothing that is best known for its stylish mens and womens hats. A brand with roots stretching back to the 1920s when the company was formed, it has become a very popular hat among stars, sports celebrities and actors, as well as stylish individuals today.
What are Kangol Hats?
Kangol hats are made by Kangol Clothing company. They are stylish flat caps, bucket hats and berets made of extremely soft and smooth Angora wool made from the fur of the Angora rabbit and blended with other fibers like acrylic. The result is an extremely stylish and unique hat that’s also soft and supple to the touch.
Kangol hats are worn by hip, young people in-tune with modern fashions and a keen eye for style—everyone from rap stars and urban legends, to golfers, actors and singers often sport these cool and extremely hip hats that have become a hip-hop and cultural icon.
What’s the Big Deal with Kangol Hats?
Style—real style that is, is all about being unique. Being on the cutting edge of fashion yet maintain a certain cool flair that says, yes, I’m stylish and I know it. Kangol hats capture that look with their unique fabric that’s now legendary for its texture and suave look. There are very few hats that can imitate the style of a Kangol. It’s something you just can’t replicate and that is what makes them unique. Not to mention the amount of celebrity clout seen wearing these hats. No other brand can boast the same line-up of famous rap artists, actors and sports stars sporting their headwear.
What Celebrities Wear Kangol hats?
Kangol hats burst onto the celebrity scene in the eighties when rappers like Slick Rick, LL Cool J and Run DMC wore them. The style may have started with Grand Master Flash (Joseph Saddler), who sported the Kangol 504 hat, a black and white flat cap made of their legendary fabric. The hats maintained their style. Later, in the 90s, rappers like the Notorious BIG (Christopher Wallace) wore them, and today the caps are still worn by celebrities, most famously Samuel L Jackson. Kangol actually has a Samuel L Jackson Kangol Hat style. The hats are deeply entrenched in hip hop culture, just ask the Kangol Kid, from UTFO out of Brooklyn.
List of Celebrities Who Wore or Wear Kangols:
- LL Cool J
- Samuel L Jackson
- Slick Rick
- Grand Master Flash
- Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls
- Wesley Snipes
- Dana Dane
- Missy Eliot
- Run DMC (Jam Master Jay, Joseph Simmons & Daryl McDaniels)
- Quentin Tarantino
- Rick Ross
The Kangol Bucket Hat
The Kangol Bucket hat, is one of the most popular Kangol hats due to its notoriety and style. It’s the very hat that hip hop stars like LL Cool J and Jam Master Jay of Run DMC famously wore. The Kangol bucket hat is distinctive because of its soft fabric that has a furry texture. This gives it a sheen and texture unlike any other hat that just simply screams style and hipness.
The Kangol 504 is a famous flat cap—one of the most popular of its kind. Worn by countless celebrities, this hat also has a soft texture. The style and fit of this cap makes it extremely stylish in a modern way. It has style roots going back to the Ascot hat worn traditionally western Europe, but it has greatly improved on and modernized the look.
History & Story of Kangol hats
Kangol hats were founded in 1928 by Jacques Spreiregen. 10 years later, a Kangol factory opened in Cumbria, England. The company made hats for sportsmen and the army, most notably manufacturing berets for the British Royal Army during WWII. The company continued making hats for decades with famous designers like Pierre Cardin offering their own versions of the popular styles. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the hats hit mainstream fashion culture in America when rap stars like LL Cool J donned them. At that point sales increased by 100% for the company overseas.
Since then the hats have remained a part of hip hop culture, starting as an east-coast rap style, the hats are now also a west coast fashion statement. The company has embraced its celebrity image offering a line of Samuel L Jackson hats and continuing to improve on its storied and stylish history.
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