There are some brands out there that captivate your attention as soon as you see it, and 323 Clothing is one of those brands. For me, personally, I saw 323’s denim jumper on Instagram and immediately had to have it. Finding out Jillian Maddock was bringing her designs to our LA Holiday Fair was a huge thrill! Can’t wait for you all to fall in love.
Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting history behind?
I decided to name my business 323 after my birthday which is March 23, and the area code where I live which is 323.
Have you always been passionate about design?
I have always been very passionate about art and as I got older my passion sort of shifted to design. I used to study painting, but always felt disconnected from the process of it. It took me a while to figure out, but I’m starting to feel comfortable with my ability to meld my artistic expression with wearable clothing.
When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
I was always fascinated with the craft of sewing, so I got my first sewing machine when I was 15. I learned how to sew by making embroidered quilts for friends and taking apart vintage clothing to learn about construction and pattern making.
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
I am in great support of comfortable fashion for women and when I design I am fully invested in that principle.
Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
I’ve had plenty of failures so far- My biggest failures have been caused by impatience on my part. In the past I’ve been so eager to grow and make that I end up messing up. I’ve learned to slow down and breathe- I’ve noticed that when I do that I am not only saner, but my designs are better.
Have you sacrificed anything to create your business? If so, what was it, and do you have any regrets?
I’ve sacrificed a lot of free time to create my business, but I don’t regret it at all. My business is by far the most fun thing I’ve ever done.
What has been your proudest/favorite moment since creating your business?
My proudest moment since starting 323 was when I finished designing the infinite boob symbol. It’s a feminist symbol that I am very proud to share with others.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
I heard someone put what I’ve been telling myself into the most perfect words recently- Do not wait to want. Meaning, don’t wait until you want to make something, you just have to just start and the rest will follow!