February 16th, 2010
Black History Month
Black History Fashion Trend : Kangol Hats
By Claire

In addition to starting movements with gold rope chains and doorknocker earrings, black stars of the 80′s also attached themselves to and popularized particular brands. The rapper’s delight? Kangol Hats.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
The British clothing company Kangol supplied berets to World War II soldiers and counted fans in Princess Diana and the Beatles before being appropriated by rappers like Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick, Run DMC, and LL Cool J.

While women have had their fair share of Kangol moments, referencing old school hip hop on album covers and in videos in the early 2000′s…

….This trend is overwhelmingly a ‘male’ thing. Nowadays old G actors like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson can be seen rocking with Kangols on red carpets:

Have you ever owned a Kangol?

If you have suggestions for other black history fashion or beauty trends, leave ‘em in the comments section!

*Thanks to MuzillyStyld for the suggestion!

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4 Responses to “Black History Fashion Trend : Kangol Hats”

  1. Kangols have always been the truth. I love a man with the Kangol, like Samuel Jackson’s wearing, with a pair of jean shorts and a t-shirt. I saw a multicolored Kangol in Lids this weekend. I need to grab that for my honey.

  2. Cyndi says:

    Kangols are made of win and awesome in our house. My husband has so many I finally had to hang them on the walls like art. No matter which one he has on, people stop him to compliment him (and beg to know where he found it.)

  3. Yogi says:

    Kangol might be a cool brand. But from a customer service point it is a disaster. I tried to buy 3 hats from the kangolstore. First the executed a wrong delivery. Ok can happen. The customer service answered 6 weeks after I claimed the wrong delivery. I sent back the wrong hats. Since then, now again 6 weeks later, nothing happend. No hats, no money back.
    Worst Internet shop I’ve ever seen.

  4. It’s quite remarkable about how the definition of ‘cool’ changes so quickly! I wonder how long it will take before denim mini-skirts, boardies, Aussie (foot) thongs, faux leather and tank tops are all ‘uncool’? Probably gradually…then again, fashion recycles itself, right?

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