Delirium Clothing was born in 1995 after sisters Annissa and Lydia had spent many late nights spent sewing and reconstructing clothing in their childhood bedroom.
Raised in a house full of books and old records, antiques and pop culture detritus, the sisters took inspiration from a century’s worth of fashion, from mad Victorian ladies to retro-futuristic 60s spacegirls. They named their line of clothing after a character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics, who they felt embodied their eclectic, fairy-punk aesthetic.
After featuring their designs in local fashion shows and boutiques in both K-W and Toronto, they opened their first brick-and-mortar store in Uptown Waterloo in the winter of 1998. Realizing that there were not enough hours in the day to sew everything in the store, they brought in other designers that complemented their line, such as Canadian streetwear brands Snug and Geek Boutique, and L.A. glam/goth/punk pioneers Lip Service.
While fashions may have changed throughout the 22 years their store was open, the sisters remained committed to offering unique styles in a friendly, inclusive environment. Now that they have closed their brick and mortar location and moved their business online, they hope to bring their signature blend of curated quirk to a wider audience.