The hoodie's history can be traced back to medieval Europe, where monks wore a similar garment called a "cowl." However, it was in the early 20th century that the modern hoodie as we know it began to take shape. Champion, an American sportswear company, claims to have introduced the first hooded sweatshirt in the 1930s, primarily as athletic wear for cold weather training.In the following decades, the hoodie gained popularity among laborers, athletes, and subcultures like surfers and skateboarders. By the 1970s and 80s, it had become a symbol of rebellion and nonconformity, primarily due to its association with urban streetwear and hip-hop culture. The hoodie had transitioned from functional sportswear to a statement of personal style.