William Adler’s fascination with the Old West began when he was a young man – the history of the American frontier captivated and reflected his own industrious spirit. Cowboys often wore sturdy, handcrafted hats to protect against weather while working long days on the ranch, but the head-wear eventually became a symbol of dedication, passion and hard work to their life’s work. The William Hat Collection is Will’s homage to painstaking, quality craftsmanship created with time honored traditions in expert design and construction.The William Hat is an indispensable accessory to a daytime or nighttime look. These designs celebrate the timeless approach to the art of hat making, and our company takes great pride in working with artisans who share the same passion for the artistic and hands on approach honored at Will Leather Goods. This is the hat you pass down from generation to generation for its timeless design and quality. The Trilby is named after the female heroine of a novel of the same name written by George du Maurier. The novel was serialized in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine and was also made into a stage play. Trilby O’Ferral, the beautiful artist’s model who fell under the spell of Svengali, wore the soft indented felt hat in an 1895 dramatization. After the turn of the century the Trilby became more popular as men rejected the more formal stiff hats that were the vogue
of the previous century. The Trilby was very much an American fashion but quickly spread to the rest of the world helped by the medium of film. Also known as the snap-brim.