Back in the
Every rap star was wearing a hat with a little kangaroo logo on it but the most prominent display was in the Hip Hop fuelled New York City Crime movie “New Jack City”.
This movie was like a cinematic billboard for Kangol with the hat prominently featured on all the main characters.
Several years later the brand was heavily featured in Quentin Tarantino’s movie, “Jackie Brown”; a story touching on black culture and featuring music from a pre-rap era that influenced Hip-Hop music and lifestyle.
These 1990’s movies showcased Kangols impact as an urban fashion brand during so it was pretty shocking to find out that Kangol is actually a luxury British brand created in the 1920’s!
Founded by War veteran Jacques Spreiregen, Kangol originally produced hats for soldiers and golfers and after supplying the World War 2 armed forces it became the fashion industries finest brand of hats having been worn by the Beatles and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Kangol remained a British brand in the ’60s and ’70s but in the 1980s Hip Hop was slowly becoming a mainstream music genre with rappers like Run DMC, Slick Rick and LL Cool J growing famous in both pop and underground culture.
Each rapper or group adopted the Kangol hat, boosting Kangol’s brand to new heights and different markets, making it a mainstream icon whilst embedding it into Hip Hop culture.
Why the Kangaroo?
The hats were made from Silk (K), Angora (ANG) and Wool (OL), and in the 1980s Kangol decided to introduce a brand mark. It’s said that most people were asking for a “Kangaroo” hat when searching for a Kangol hat and to be honest with a name like Kangol, why not use a Kangaroo icon.
The Kangaroo mark had no real relevance to the company or it’s heritage but it just seemed like common sense to use a Kangaroo logo for a company named Kangol.
The Kangol Brand Today
Today, Kangol is like a brand divided.
It’s still known as a British brand with a heritage of quality and exclusive hats to those who can afford it and is still a desired product
That is Kangols global brand image based on hats but when it comes to anything else, the Kangol brand has been watered down, particularly in the UK where it’s featured on athletic and urban wear found in discount sports stores alongside cheap, quick sale products. Down the UK high-street, Kangol is a cheap and
With such a glorious and niche history, it begs the question of why a luxury brand would half-heartedly water itself down for the high-street.
The brand positioning is misled but the Kangaroo mark is still sublime. Original, unmistakable and highly iconic especially when featured on a hat.