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Dancing ,drawing, swimming, baking and jumping on her trampoline – Claire Harper the mother is the founder of IndiaCoco

Claire Harper spent many years working in senior marketing roles for some of the UK’s leading retailers and recently left her role as Marketing Director at Mamas & Papas after 5 years. Inspired by her two daughters India and Coco, she started her business in May 2012. IndiaCoco offers a selection of  the very best of British design talents for children aged 0-8, with lots of bold colours and quirky prints. Claire’s retail experience allows her to work closely with brands to offer customers great choice, value and outstanding service.

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What do you want to be when you grow up A Doctor or a Lollipop Lady

Someone you admire? My lovely teacher, Mrs Dickens

What is your big dream? To teach my little sister, India to ride a bike

Are you scared of anything?  Thunder and sometimes our Cat, Sophie as she likes to eat my toes!

What makes you laugh Joke:
– What do you get if you sit under a cow?
– A pat on the head!

Your favourite films and books Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Something you did recently that you really loved  Watching the Olympic Torch pass through our school and doing a high five with the Policeman! It was very exciting. I also loved my first school sports day and I won two races!

The best holidays you ever had Going to Antigua, swimming and building sandcastles on the beach with Daddy

A place that you would dream to visit  New York – Mummy has told me all about the big toy store, FAO Schwarz and I would love to go.

Your favorite belonging My new purple party shoes with silver sequins

The next item you would so dearly love to get A 2 wheel grown up pink scooter

If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it right now? To meet Father Christmas in Lapland and turn it into Christmas Day

Claire

A place you saw when you were a child, and that made its mark on you? Family summer holidays spent in Menorca. White washed coloured houses, lemon trees, ancient churches, cobbled streets and archways enticed many family adventures. Swimming pools, eating dinner outside, staying up late and always wearing my new summer holiday clothes for the day and evening made me feel very special and grown up at the time.

The place you love near your home A fabulous day out for all the family has to be spent at Wentworth Castle; we always have so much fun, great playgrounds, walks in the gardens and picnics in the Castle. It really is a hidden gem in Yorkshire.

Where do you dream to go for your next family holiday? Back to the Carlisle Bay Hotel in Antigua or teaching Coco to ski in Switzerland

A film that you saw recently and that staid with you? The Pursuit of Happyness

The film that you love to see with the whole family? Toy Story 3

The book on your bedside table There are many including lots of fashion and interior magazines but I am currently reading – ‘Pour your heart into it – How Starbucks built a company one cup at a time’

The children’s brands your cherish Ralph Lauren, Aravore, ilovegorgeous, Beautiful pieces of cashmere

The children’s stores you love to visit and buy from  Giggle in NY, Little Liberty in London and of course IndiaCoco

Last thing you bought for your child A ‘One Direction’ lunchbox for Coco as requested for her school summer club!

Favourite pieces in your child’s wardrobe Classic Ralph Lauren dresses and cardigans that have been cherished and passed down from Coco to India. I also look the fun, fashion forward and funky brands Lilly+Sid and No Added Sugar, organic brands, Frugi and ilovegorgeous for just stunning dresses. The bold animal print pyjamas from Ava&Luc also makes us all smile at bedtime.

What do you buy online? We buy pretty much everything online and our favourite sites are: Ocado, Amazon, My-Wardrobe, Mr Porter and John Lewis

A website that inspires you Zappos.com

Something that made you laugh out loudly recently? Coco and India secretly dressing up with Mummy’s shoes and Chanel lipstick!