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Kangol Washed Bucket Hat - Black

Kangol Washed Bucket Hat - Black

Made from 100% Cotton


Super soft fabric, making it great for travel through the Summer months


Handwash only


Brim Width: 55mm

Crown Height: 90mm

Internal: Unlined

Kangol's iconic bucket or 'bell' shape first originated in the 1970s where it was quickly adopted by the burgeoning hip hop culture of 1980s New York

  • Sizing Guide

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    55-56cm 57-58cm 59-60cm 61-62cm
  • Brand Information


    Jacques Spreiregen returns to civilian life after WWI and enters into the headwear business in 1918 as an importer of Basque berets from France. A timeless classic, an incarnation of this beret has been in the Kangol line ever since.


    Marketing them as a must-have post-war fashion item, Jacques becomes increasingly involved in the production and distribution of berets over the next 20 years. In 1938, Jacques creates the name KANGOL to distinguish himself from the competition. The most widely believed theory is that the founder combined the K from knitting, the ANG from angora, and the OL from wool. Whatever the true origins the name was an inspired invention. Officially born in Cleator, Cumbria in the U.K., Kangol gained notoriety as a brand for providing berets to the British army in WWII, most notably for General Bernard Montgomery. The anglo tradition continued in the post war years as Kangol outfitted the English Olympic Team with berets for the 1948 opening ceremonies.


    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


    The business did flirt with the Swinging Sixties. The most influential youth icons of the 1960s were the Beatles. In 1964 Kangol Wear obtained the sole right to make and distribute worldwide any headgear which featured the image, endorsement or name of the Beatles. Eileen Greig designed a range of Beatles caps and berets. Kangol Wear even organised a joint promotion with the press to publicise her creations. This began to grow the brand’s credibility in the music world of the 1960s.


    In 1979 hats are still being produced in the UK, however, the focus was on the US market, particularly golf and music. In 1981 Kangol enlisted world famous miliner Graham Smith, who developed the luxurious yet affordable headwear collection called “Graham Smith for Kangol.” Under this label he created hats for the 1980s British Airways cabin crew.


    Princess Diana appears in Vogue wearing one of Smith's pieces in 1983.

    In 1983 it was recognized that Kangol needed a mark to distinguish the world famous product. The Cleator factory in Britain had been experimenting with logos and sent out a whole batch for his review. These ranged from crocodiles to horses and turtles. Americans had been going into stores asking for the “kangaroo” hats. So instead of trying to fight it, Kangol adopted the Kangaroo into the logo.


    2013 marked the 75th anniversary of Kangol.  To honor this accomplishment, we hosted a year-long run of global activations taking place in New York, Hong Kong, Taipei, Sydney, Seoul and Tokyo.  Each event featured various aspects of art, music, sport and fashion, encompassing all facets of the Kangol lifestyle.

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