The Kangol brand was introduced in 1930. The name was derived from K for knitting, ANG for Angora and OL for wool. Kangol became the major beret supplier to the British armed forces during the Second World War. All manufacture was dedicated to the army, and production reached one million berets a year. Later on, a factory was opened in South Africa in 1965 with a productive capacity of 1.2 million berets a year, which would cover “the bulk” of demand in that market. Mary Quant (born 1930), inventor of the miniskirt, and Pierre Cardin (born 1922) designed berets for Kangol in 1966. Today, Kangol manufactures everything from trendy basics, to comfortable underwear and much more.