Founded in Cleator, Cumbria, England in 1938 by Jaques Spreiregen, Kangol produced hats for workers, golfers, and especially soldiers. They were the major beret suppliers to the armed forces during World War 2, including famously Field Marshal Montgomery.
Nowadays, Kangol is a household name where hats are concerned. Samual L Jackson is famous for wearing his Kangol hats, as are L.L. Cool J, Missy Elliot, B.B. King, Quentin Tarantino, Jude Law, Brad Pitt, and of course, in the 60's The Beatles.