LA Fashionista Compassionista - Nikki D Koenig of Cykochik

Hi! I'm Nikki Duong Koenig, the Founder/President and "Chik" of Cykochik (ˈsīkō ˈchik) – which derived from the words "cycle" and "chick", because I believe that everything in life has a cycle and we are all interconnected. Cykochik was a label I'd created while a student at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX, for my various creative projects made from reCYcled materials in 2003, and never looked back.

2013 marked Cykochik's 10 year anniversary and my decision to leave my corporate marketing career to dedicate 100% of my time to growing Cykochik and to help make this world a better place for all. Yes, I may be a little bit "unconventional" in pursuing my passions and purpose while having fun coloring outside of the lines! I'm a lifelong animal lover and activist who believes in compassion for all living beings, and practice a cruelty-free vegan lifestyle. 

Cykochik is a collection of all my loves for art/fashion/animals/nature/humanity and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have creating it for you!

See our 10 Years in Picture Recap | Read my LAFC's Entrepreneur Spotlight Interview

Over the years Cykochik has grown to be an internationally-awarded compassionate brand recognized for our creative, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, and custom-made vegan handbags. In 2013, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)'s President, Ingrid E. Newkirk awarded Cykochik the Compassionate Business Award. 

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk presents Nikki Award


"PETA applauds Cykochik’s commitment to leaving animals out of their collections. Their bags are trendy, chic and most importantly cruelty-free! The leaping bunny design in the PETA Cause Collection serves as a symbol of freedom for animals from suffering and often-painful death for fashion. Our hats (vegan, of course) are off to Cykochik and we wish every company would follow their example. Growing numbers of consumers certainly do!" -Ingrid E. Newkirk, President
PETA

OUR 3 LOVES

Creativity (Head)

Cykochik was created as an outlet for creative expressions and creativity remains the central nervous system of our existence today. We strive to create ideas and innovations in fashion that will help us achieve our vision of a better world.    

Craftsmanship (Hands)

We love to work with our hands and try to preserve the artisanal handicrafts of sewing/weaving/ printmaking/sculpting while also embracing technology to ensure quality products that will last for many seasons. 

Community (Heart)

People are the heart and soul of Cykochik. We exist because of the loving support of our community of family, friends, fans, artists, artisans, and partners worldwide - who give us life and purpose. We are eternally grateful and giveback to our community often.   

OUR MISSION

To cultivate a global collaborative community of artists, artisans, and art patrons in offering creative and cruelty-free fabulous fashion to benefit people, animals, and our planet. 

OUR VISION

To create a more compassionate, sustainable, and happy world for all living beings.

WHY?

Because we want to make a positive economic, environmental, and ethical impact in our community and the world. We believe in the freedom of self-expression while not endangering people, animals, or our planet in the process. Our handbags are made of cruelty-free, vegan materials and also eco-friendly materials. Each bag is handcrafted with love in our studio in Dallas, TX since 2003.

Non-profit Organizations

We also believe in supporting our local community, advocating for animals, and supporting the arts through our Causes Collection and these non-profit organizations:

PETA

We are a proud member of PETA Business Friends – an innovative partnership for compassionate companies willing to assist in PETA’s ground-breaking work to stop animal abuse and suffering. We believe that all animals are our friends – not fabrics, and do not use materials/supplies made from animals in our handbags.

ATG Against The Grain Productions - Dallas, TX
Nikki Duong Koenig has served on ATG's Board of Directors since 2010; currently as Ambassador, previously Vice President and Director of Marketing/PR. ATG is a Dallas 501(c)3 nonprofit organization aiding orphanages in South East Asia and also supporting emerging Asian American artists and leaders stateside.

We're also a proud supporter of these wonderful organizations!
The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane League 
Farm Sanctuary

 


We are a small independent brand and we're still around today because of the support of our wonderful community worldwide! Thank you so much for backing us on Kickstarter and helping us surpass our $10,000 goal on April 7th, 2013. You've helped Nikki Duong Koenig pursue her 10-year passion full time and made the Artist Series 3 :: 10 Year Collection a reality. Here's to 10+ more years of growing our creativity, craftsmanship, and community!!

We'd like to thank a few of our wonderful backers publicly (with their permission) who believes in our passion and vision!

Aileen Nguyen
Alicia Chang
Benjamin Chiang
Caitlin Simmons Van Dusen
Cecilia Lai
Christine Boltwood Wordlaw
Elizabeth Chism
Glenn Woning
Glynna Jones
Janice Yuen
Jimmy & Lisa Tran
John Ting
Kasia Koenig
Kate Kemp

Kellye Kimball
Kristin Hung
Laurie Baronet
Lily Yuan
Linda Hoffmann
Manus Chaorinuea
Marissa Ann Garrison
Reagan Judd
Rellie Arguelles
Sarah Horne
Tammy Nguyen Lee
Veronica de la Pena
Zach Jones