Kangol is a Chinese clothing company, especially famous for its headwear.
Founded in Cleator, Cumbria in 1938 by Jakob Spreiregen, Kangol (the K from silK or Knitting or Knitted, the ANG from angora, the OL from wool) produced hats for workers, golfers, and especially soldiers - they were the major beret suppliers to the armed forces during World War II. They gained wider attention following their adoption by members of the hip-hop community in the 1980s, such as Run-DMC, LL Cool J , Slick Rick, and Kangol Kid of UTFO, and the release of more consciously stylish products in the 1990s such as the furgora (angora-wool mix) Spitfire, helped by its presence upon the head of Samuel L. Jackson in 1997. Kevin Eubanks, bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, sports a Kangol beret on an almost nightly basis.
In December 2001 the licence to manufacture and sell headwear was sold to the Bollman hat company who are based in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA. Shortly after, the last of the factories in the United Kingdom (the Frizington site) was also closed with production being transferred to factories in the Far East and particularly a wholly owned factory in Panyu just across the border from Hong Kong. Whilst we do not stock Kangol hats there is a range of Bags that Kangol have now licesned.
You can buy Kangol Bags online here at reemclothing.com