Photos by Carrie Jade
Who are Syl & Sam? We're two creative Canadian sisters who have a thing for shoes, wearing black, over-accessorizing and doing things our way. We're recklessly ambitious with our lives because we're working towards establishing an unsteady career in an unpredictable market, without a backup plan. Drama like this deserves a reality show... but we'll settle for a blog.
What is Syl & Sam? It's our blog where we can share our inspiration & personal style. We discuss important issues such as what we wore, how to make things yourself & what we like to eat.
What is Lipgloss and Black? Lipgloss and Black is an independent online shop that we established in 2004. We began designing & making purses & quickly expanded to clothing & accessories! We're just two girls living our bubble dreams, trying to share our love of fashion with the world.
We specialize in clothing reconstruction. Taking gently used vintage or deadstock items that are unloved, we creatively transform them into fashionable, wearable pieces that can be loved again. We have incorporated eco-friendly fabrics such as locally supplied bamboo knits into our clothing and we always save our scraps to create unique accessories or embellishments on other items we design. All our clothing is either made one-of-a-kind or in very small limited-edition runs, ensuring that you always find unique pieces in our shop.
Where do I start? You can start by checking out our tutorials page if you want to learn some new things. It's got a list of all the DIYs we've done & is the most popular spot on this site. If you're interested, you can also read about goofy things like our hair, or our glasses by clicking on the tags at the bottom of the site!
Where else can we follow you? We are the DIY Editors over at "Everybody is Ugly" (the official Chictopia Blog). We were in the top 3 editors on the blog for two seasons running & were sent to New York City care of Chictopia. We covered the fashion shows and street style during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week during those weeks. Typically we write weekly articles teaching you how to make your own fashion DIYs. We also write weekly nail tutorials for the LuLu*s.com blog, showing you new nail art techniques and cute seasonal manicures.
Where have you been featured?
We've been in CosmoGirl! magazine, we've had our DIYs featured in Grazia UK, Sew Magazine, Make Jewellery Magazine, Lauren Conrad's blog and our nails were on the TODAY show. Our clothes have been seen on Kat Von D on her show LA Ink on TLC and on interviews for MTV and eTalk.
We've also worked promotionally with companies such as American Apparel, Guthy-Renker and Alliance Films.