Founded in England post-World War I by veteran Jacques Spreiregen, the company initially produced berets for soldiers during World War II. Here's a little-known fact for you: the brand name Kangol is actually a blend word – the ‘K’ derived from knitting, the ‘ang’ from angora and the ‘ol’ from wool.
Fast-forward a number of decades to the late 80s/early 90s, when hip-hop icons such as LL Cool J and the collective RUN DMC were seen as trusted style icons. Champions of the tracksuit and ostentatious jewellery, all of them were fans of Kangol’s Kangaroo-printed hats. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed not to find a photo of LL Cool J back in the day without a Kangol bucket hat perched on his head. Actor Samuel L. Jackson has also always been a fierce proponent of the Kangol flat cap – he can still routinely be spotted in one to this day.