323 Clothing

Maker Spotlight

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Aren’t these pieces just amazing? Prep yourself for our LA Fair by getting acquainted with 323 online here:

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