Kangol Monty

Founded in the 1920s, by Jewish Polish World War I veteran Jacques Spreiregen, Kangol (the K from knitting, the ANG from angora, and the OL from wool) produced hats for workers, golfers, and especially soldiers.  

In 1938, Spreiregen opened a factory at Cleator, Cumbria, England, a second factory was opened at nearby Frizington, and later a third factory, manufacturing motorcycle helmets and seat belts in Carlisle. 

Kangol were the major beret suppliers to the armed forces during World War II, including famously Field Marshal Montgomery.During and after the war, Kangol berets were the height of fashion. In the 1960s, designers Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin worked with the company, whose products graced the heads of the rich and famous, including the Beatles and Arnold Palmer, and later Diana, Princess of Wales. 

The Kangaroo logo was adopted by Kangol in 1983 because Americans were always asking where "they could get the Kangaroo hat...". No Kangol hat has ever actually been manufactured in Australia. The global rights to Kangol hats have been held by American hatmakers Bollman Hat Company since 2002 and all production went offshore, specifically to China and Malaysia. South Pacific Berets stocks a small number of the original British made ‘Monty Beret’, some 40 years old but brand new and never worn, fitted with the traditional two air vents and the kangaroo logo. 


Size L equals 56/57; size XL equals 58/59. Genuine vintage berets @ $40.00