A hundred years ago, a felt hat was one of the staple items in men’s wardrobes and no man would go outside without wearing a hat. Every specific social occasion dictated men to complement their formal attire with appropriate headwear as the rules of menswear were strict. Sometimes a bowler hat needed to be worn for a specific event, but on other occasions men wore the fedora. Recently, men have stopped wearing classic hats with suits but is still considered an important piece of garment for men who want to stand out in the crowd.

With the evolution of the specific styles and pieces over the years, men started wearing more casual garments compared to the past however, they are still able to find the right type of hat to match their outfits. The trilby hat is the one which can be worn with both suits and tailored separates as the hat is quite versatile. 

The name trilby comes from the stage play Trilby performed in London which was the adaptation of the novel Trilby written by Gerard du Maurier in 1894. The name of the heroine of the stage play was also Trilby and wore this style hat on stage.

The Trilby is a type of fedora hat made with a narrower brim angled down at the front and slightly turned up at the back while wearing. Having a short crown compared to classic wide-brimmed fedoras, the original trilby hat was made using rabbit fur felt. These days a trilby hat can be made from heavy cotton, tweed, straw, or wool.

Emerging at the end of the 19th century, popularity of the trilby hat reached its peak during the 1960’s as low clearance automobiles led men to wear short crown hats while driving, instead of long crown hats like fedoras. The trilby hat has been in demand since first existence however, it became a daily accessory in the beginning of the 21st century with the influence of the musicians who wore trilby hats.

For those who are willing to learn about some of the iconic trilby hat producers, I’ve listed a few below.

Bates Hats: Bates Hatters was founded in 1898 in London, England by Edward Bates and his partner. Being one of the well-known hat makers in the industry, Bates Hats makes different types of hat models as well as trilby hats.

Borsalino: Borsalino was established in 1857 in Alessandria, Italy by Giuseppe Borsalino. Creating a hat empire over the years, Giuseppe Borsalino was the one who revolutionised the hat industry not only in Italy, but in the world. Especially known for its iconic fedora hats, Borsalino also makes fine trilby hats and other hat models.

Christys’ London: Christys’ London was set up in 1773 and still produces different types of hats, as well as trilby hats.

Laird Hatters: Laird Hatters was founded as a ready-made hat maker in 2009 in London. Being quite a new brand, Laird Hatters also makes bespoke hats in various styles for individual customers, movies, and television shows.

Lock & Co Hatters: Lock & Co. was established in 1676 in the centre of London. Being the oldest hat maker in the world, Lock & Co. is managed by the founding family. The brand is famous for its trilby hats, fedoras, and the iconic Coke hat, also known as the Bowler hat.

For more information:

https://www.bates-hats.com

https://www.borsalino.com/?ls=en

https://www.christys-hats.com

https://www.lockhatters.co.uk