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It's a child's life, with Hardwear designer, Holly Baxter

If only she had known then, what she knows now… Hardwear clothing designer, Holly, turns the clock back to a reimagined childhood

Posted: 14 June 2013
by Catherine Hudson

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If you were five years old again, what is the first thing you would do?

In sunny weather, I’d demand the paddling pool was out and I was in it with a ice lolly in hand. The sun is hardly ever out in Glasgow and when it was (or even when is wasn’t) I’d want the paddling pool out!

What advice would you give your five-year-old self?

I’d tell myself not to go so fast around that corner and fall off my bike twice in the one summer and give myself scarred knees. The scars aren’t as cool now as I thought they were at the time...

What rules would you stick to?

I’d stick to eating my greens, going to bed early and not drinking fizzy juice. In the hope that this would give myself flawless skin in my elder years.

What rules would you break?

I’d break the 'no jumping on the bed' rule. Turns out, your head hits the ceiling when you get much older!

Would you play more or try to learn harder?

I’d play more but also I’d have stuck to learning other languages. I started to learn French and Spanish, and gave a small attempt at Chinese. But these were all abandoned to be replaced by playing in the park and climbing trees.

Knowing what you know now, what would you want to be when you grew up?

I’d want to do exactly what I’m doing now - I love my job. I love having a creative output which I can also make my living from.

What would you do for fun/hobbies?

I’d pick up a good hobby, like a sport that kept my legs in shape, or something that improved my running speed.

What pearls of wisdom would you pass on to your five-year-old friends?

I’d tell them all that the tooth fairy really is real. No matter what anyone says, they just stop coming because your teeth stop falling out. And also, save your pocket money becasue you’ll want to buy cooler stuff than sweets later - promise! 

How would you dress yourself?

In one of our pastel scallop Hardwear dresses with glittery jelly shoes.

What would you ask to have for a slap up dinner?

Macaroni cheese and garlic bread - because it’s the dinner or kings and queens! Still my favourite.

What would you insist upon doing if you only had one day to spend being aged five before returning to adulthood?

I’d go to the zoo, I used to love the zoo before I got 'the fear'. Now I’m scared I’m going to be eaten by a lion!

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