In the year they celebrate their 75th anniversary, Kangol have teamed up with Marc by Marc Jacobs to produce a bright-as-can-be range of flat caps. Like Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin before them, the MBMJ design team have collaborated with the brand on a 15-part collection for their Spring Summer 13 show, fitting each and every boy with a kangaroo stamped headpiece, (the ladies heads were wrapped up with scarves while Jacobs was the only one to make an appearance sans hat).
Sampling stripes and checks as well as two plaid styles and three M.B.M.J. graffitied editions-along with some plain pieces for good measure-the hats were sent down the runway accompanying looks of full white, checked suits and striped knits. As Tim Blanks noted on Style.com it was a collection heaving with references to the 80’s, a period synonymous with Kangol thanks to LL Cool J and a certain Bigger and Deffer album cover.
Kangol’s Design Director, Nic Harris suggests the brand clash realised, “high fashion versions of heritage styles;” the style in question being the iconic 504. As well as taking the style and stamping their aesthetic across it, MBMJ have given the Kangol label a makeover too. With an x hearts x woven internal label and an embroidered MBMJ hovering above the classic logo on the exterior, these are hats with style aplenty.
Photo: Stephanie Broom
Words: Zoe Whitfield
Model: Tabitha Rose