Fresh and sassy personalised gifts that go way beyond just adding a name.
Syd&Co is a fresh alternative to buying gifts. Take part in the creative process and personalise your gifts to look like a friend or loved one. Part of the fun and charm is choosing from a wardrobe of hand drawn clothing styles, hairstyles and accessories to capture the signature look of your chosen person. It’s a pick and mix of colours and styles that allows a little bit of magic to happen.
Syd&Co is for people who love to give gifts. They are thoughtful and meaningful gifts that will gain a big reaction often starting with a smile, a giggle or a loud oh my goodness!! Syd&Co is your modern day alternative to Little Miss and Mr Men. There is a style for everyone and something to suit a variety of occasions. We cater for Birthdays, Weddings, Engagements, Christmas and many more. We also have a growing archive of styles that might not be displayed, if you can’t see what your looking for get in touch and we will do our best to help you.
All the illustrations are hand drawn by me, they start off as a sketch then they are digitally edited allowing us to get your colours and combinations just right every time. Choose from different outfits, hairstyles and colours to create your look and for the girls you can even choose a lipstick colour!
To finish the process the hand drawn illustrations are lovingly hand printed onto functional lifestyle accessories and fashion garments, useful products that will brighten up your day and make you smile.
Venturing from teacher to full time designer maker a dream come true!
Syd&Co was founded by me Gemma Gonzalez in 2013 on my kitchen table. My story began when I was much younger. I had my son when I was 17 years old. Whilst bringing him up I studied hard at a local art college and gained a first class degree and a Masters with distinction in Contemporary Applied Arts. I lived and breathed being creative but I needed stability and income so I worked as a teacher of Textile Design in schools and colleges for over 15 years. It was then that I realised that something big was missing from my life and I needed to be creative again. I dusted down my sewing machine and started randomly stitching personalised faces of teachers onto pencil cases. They were such a big hit and people started to contact me with all sorts of ideas. What started as a little idea has now turned into a fulltime family venture. Now I don’t stitch, everything instead begins as a drawing. I feel like I’m living my creative dream.