Bill Hornets here. At the moment it seems that every time I pick up a paper – or, indeed, browse our own blog here at The Hornet – that a veritable swarm of words on the Trilby Hat is swirling around me.

It certainly seems to be the hat of the moment.

The name Trilby comes from a novel (1894) by George du Maurier. It was a huge best seller and was turned into a very popular play. The beautiful heroine who (of course) dies in the arms of her lover was called Trilby as was the name of the book and play.

The hat she wore in the play was an Austrian soft felt hat – a man’s hat. The English hat makers quickly copied it and the Trilby was born. In America a trilby is known as a short brim fedora.


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