For the Generation Next, the ubiquitous hoodie symbolizes fashion, comfort and freedom. But not many know that the origin of this oft-misunderstood garment can be traced back to the everyday clothing of Christian monks in medieval Europe. The hoodie in its present version was first created by the US sportswear manufacturer Champion in the 1930s.

Today, some of the most popular wearers of the hoodie include American rapper Eminem and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. For more of such interesting facts about your favorite hoodie and the story of its evolution from an item of functional clothing into a fashion mainstay, check out the infographic below!

 

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