It’s time to get your fashion fix with this edition’s subject Hilary MacMillan.
*header image by Ryan Emberley
Based in Toronto, Hilary MacMillan is a womenswear designer with a focus on cruelty-free fashion. Hilary founded her namesake brand in 2013 to give women like herself the option of accessible and fashionable clothing at a reasonable price point. Featuring bold colors and prints, classic cuts and high-quality fabrics, Hilary MacMillan is perfect for the fashion lover with a heart of gold, especially because of the brand’s commitment to cruelty-free fashion. In 2016 Hilary eliminated fur, leather, feathers and in 2019 they will have phased out silk and wool as well, in an effort to eliminate any and all animal related materials in their clothing.
We got the chance to talk all things fashion with Hilary. Take a read below!
How would you describe your personal style?
All over the place. I dress for that day and so I dress in a range of styles; however, a signature look for me is anything high waisted.
What do you love most about working in fashion?
I absolutely love it when someone wears something I’ve created. It just is the most rewarding feeling for me.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I often ask myself this and honestly, I have no clue! I am really addicted to True Crime (podcasts, books, tv shows, etc.) so maybe i’d pull a 180 and do something completely different from fashion and work in that area.
What is the best piece of style advice you’ve ever received?
Never be afraid to wear color.
If you had any advice for people who aspire to work in fashion, what would it be?
Go work for another designer first. Investing in yourself takes a lot of time, and money and working for someone allows you to learn about the industry and the market you are in, limiting the number of ‘beginners errors’. In addition, when you are first starting out, don’t commit to doing the big trade show booths at the big shows like Coterie and Magic. It takes years of brand equity, scheduled appointments and committed business for most designers to make their money back on this type of investment. These shows are very expensive and highly competitive. Many of the Canadian boutique owners shop local pop-up shops like Made INLAND to find new talent. Focus on your home market, build there, then look at Las Vegas or New York. Just my advice!
*all clothing images by Ted Belton Photography from Hilary MacMillan SS19 collection