Trilby Wool - MarineRegular price €49,95
- 100% wool felt
- Brim width approx. 4.5 cm
- Head height approx. 9 cm
- Made in Germany
The hat's name derives from the stage adaptation of George du Maurier's 1894 novel Trilby. A hat of this style was worn in the first London production of the play, and promptly came to be called "a Trilby hat". Its shape somewhat resembles the Tyrolean hat.
Traditionally it was made from rabbit hair felt but now is usually made from other materials, such as tweed, straw, wool, and wool/nylon blends. The hat reached its zenith of common popularity in the 1960s; the lower head clearance in American automobiles made it impractical to wear a hat with a tall crown while driving. It faded from popularity in the 1970s when any type of men's headwear went out of fashion, and men's fashion instead began focusing on highly maintained hairstyles.
The hat saw a resurgence in popularity in the early 1980s, when it was marketed to both men and women in an attempt to capitalize on a retro fashion trend.Frank Sinatra was identified with trilby hats, and there is a signature design trilby bearing his name. Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau wore a Herbert Johnson trilby in Blake Edwards's A Shot in the Dark (1964), the second of his Pink Panther series; the felt trilby giving way to a tweed one in later films.