If you’ve visited Haworth this week, you’ll notice that the BBC production team have now started setting up for filming of Sally Wainwright’s TV film drama about our famous homegrown literary siblings the Brontes.
‘To Walk Invisible’ will be screened this Christmas and is being filmed at both a replica of the Bronte Parsonage which has been built on the nearby moors, and here on Main Street, which is undergoing a dramatic transformation to take it back to the 1840s.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that our shop Daisy Days will be a key part of the Main Street set! The cellar of the former premises of our sister café Cobbles & Clay is also being used for filming. This unfortunately means that we will have to close for a few days (6-9 June 2016) but it will all be worth it to see our home star in the show.
Until filming starts on 6 June, Main Street and all its shops are open as usual and you can see the set being created.
The incredibly popular Haworth 1940s weekend is coming up on 13-15 May 2016. Since we’re based on Main Street, we’re always right in the centre of the action for this busy event, which sees the village turned into a war time tribute, packed full of people dressed head to toe in typical 1940s uniforms and outfits. This year, we’re hoping to see a few of our new and exclusive range of Yorkshire tweed flat caps and baker boy hats being modelled!
If you want to really look the part, our authentic range of Bronte-themed designer hats by Kempadoo-Millar are a modern twist on a traditional look. And it’s not just the style that’s ‘old school’, so is the manufacturing. The hats are made from local tweed and wool in one of Yorkshire’s only remaining textile mills – just as they would have been in the 1940s. Baker Boy caps were, as the name suggests, worn by working boys and men during the early 20th century and became a trademark item amongst the ‘working’ class. However, for anyone who will be wearing a slightly smarter outfit for the weekend in Haworth, the caps also frequented the wardrobes of the ‘upper’ classes for leisure activities and became associated with wealthy country sportsmen.
Whether you’re planning a head to toe outfit or just want to add a little twist to your everyday style, order your Baker Boy or flat cap online or pop into the shop to try on the different styles. To deliver in time for the 1940s weekend on 13 May, we ask any online orders to be placed by 9am Monday 9 May 2016.
With so many events and displays to look at round the village, along with exciting re-enactments, parades, music and dancing, it’s an amazing time to visit the village to see it like you’ve never seen before. The staff in our shop and at our sister café Cobbles & Clay up the road will be dressed up and looking forward to the mad rush! For further information and schedule for the days, please visit the official website.
To celebrate the launch of Daisy Days’ exclusive range of Bronte-themed flat caps by Yorkshire-headwear-designer-to-the-stars Rhian Kempadoo-Millar (find out more about our launch event on 23 April 2016), we have created a quiz to help you decide which hat from the range will suit you best. Named after the literary siblings Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell, the hats have been designed to reflect their personalities. The short quiz will tell you which Bronte sibling you are most like.
Are you the unsung hero Anne? The eccentric Emily? The rebellious Branwell? Or the mature Charlotte? Take the quiz now!
Launch event 23 April 2016: Be the first to try on Daisy Days’ exclusive range of Kempadoo-Millar Bronte-themed flat caps!
Flat cap designer to the stars Rhian Kempadoo-Millar has designed an exclusive range of Bronte-themed hats for Daisy Days ahead of the bicentenary celebrations of the literary siblings’ birth. The aptly-named Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell flat caps will be exclusively sold at our boutique gift shop on Haworth’s Main Street and in our online shop www.daisy-days.co.uk.
We are holding a launch event on Saturday 23 April 2016, giving customers the opportunity to be amongst the first to try on the hats. A limited number will be available for sale in the shop and online on the day and we will also be taking orders in-store and via the website.
Rhian Kempadoo-Millar – Yorkshire flat cap designer to the stars!
Yorkshire-based British headwear brand Kempadoo Millar creates designer flat caps manufactured in Yorkshire at one of the few remaining cloth hat makers in the UK, tapping into the region’s fabric weaving heritage and the rising popularity for locally-produced, ethical fashion. TV shows like Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders have also contributed to making flat caps into a fashion statement.
When she launched the brand in 2013, Rhian Kempadoo-Millar’s vision was to “put the Yorkshire cool back into the flat cap” with something that is “more funky than farmer”, combining traditional Yorkshire tweeds with hints of vibrant silk and quirky detailing. With celebrities including actor Idris Elba as her customers, she has built a cult following for her Yorkshire flat caps across the UK and in the US, taking regular orders from customers across the world via her online shop.
The Kempadoo-Millar Bronte flat cap range exclusively at Daisy Days Haworth
We love stocking locally-made, quirky brands and when we found out about Rhian’s flat caps, we knew they would go down well with our customers. When we met with her and got talking, the idea of doing an exclusive Bronte-themed range tied into the bicentenary celebrations came up and we all got very excited! We input into the designs by giving Rhian an insight into the personalities of the four Bronte siblings and then let her work her magic. The end result is amazing and we can’t wait to start selling them. We’re sure they are going to be hugely popular with locals from Haworth and surrounding areas, the many tourists we attract, and customers from across the UK who will be able to order them from our online shop. They will make a great addition to our themed window display for this year’s Haworth 1940s weekend on 13-15 May.
Rhian says of the collection: “The Charlotte Bronte hat, like its namesake, is chic and understated with a lilac check tweed and a pheasant pin detail. As the author of Wuthering Heights, we wanted the Emily Bronte hat to be more eccentric and romantic so went for a feminine pink tweed with a bow detail. The Anne Bronte hat has been designed as a unisex baker boy cap in earthy greens and browns to reflect the bleak moors in which the siblings lived, and the Branwell Bronte hat is a more masculine wool khaki baker boy cap. They look fantastic and make a great addition to my existing range. The fact that they will only be sold in Haworth gives them an even more authentic and local feel.”
The hats, which come in a range of sizes for men and women, will retail at £65 for the Charlotte, £68 for the Emily, £69 for the Anne and £69 for the Branwell. Alongside the flat cap range, we will also be stocking complementary brand ‘Yorkshire Lad’ tweed ties, which are also manufactured in a Yorkshire mill using local textiles.
Come along to the launch event or visit our online shop from 23 April to get your hands on your very own Bronte-themed designer flat cap!
Check out the event page on Facebook and invite your friends to come along!
We love supporting local charities, so when we heard about an auction night to raise funds for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice , we knew it was something we wanted to be involved in.
Manorlands Hospice, based in nearby Oxenhope, provides care for people living with life challenging illnesses in Airedale, Craven and North and West Bradford. It costs £2.9 million each year to provide care at, and from, the hospice and they need to raise a minimum of £1.6 million of that in donations and voluntary income. It is a charity very close to the hearts of many of our staff and customers.
We’ve donated a special Avoca goody bag with winter warmers and a lovely smelly soap perfect for a relaxing bath. Our donation, along with lots of other prizes up for grabs, will be auctioned off at Utley Rugby Club on Saturday 2 April 2016. Tickets are £10, which includes include pie and pea supper, raffle ticket, stand-up-sit-down bingo and a disco – so is promising to be a fantastic night!
We’ve also persuaded Yorkshire flat cap designer Rhian Kempadoo Millar (who is currently designing us an exclusive range of Bronte-themed hats which will be available soon!) to donate two of her gorgeous flat caps worth over £100 for the pair.
If you would like to be one of many local businesses involved, local woman Emma Ibbotson is still appealing for donations to help reach the target of £3,000 for this amazing charity.
Please email Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org to buy tickets and/or donate to the raffle or auction.