It’s often said that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” And for Dallas-based vegan brand Cykochik (pronounced psycho-chik), nothing rings more true. Known for its compassionate and cruelty-free products, the award-winning label touts recognition by PETA and international notoriety for its stylish and eco-friendly handbag collections — with today marking a new venture as the brand explores the use of recycled products. Officially launching in perfect sync with the first day of spring, Cykochik announces today its collaboration with two award-winning Dallas artists and a Berkeley artist, for its first recycled handbag offerings: the Artist Series 4 – Chiks Rock Collection.
As eco-friendly and cruelty-free fashion brands increase in numbers and impact, startling statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveal that the hard work has just begun. EPA reports disclose that the United States generated 32 million tons of plastic waste in 2012 and only 9% was recovered for recycling. In response to a call for action, Cykochik Founder Nikki Duong Koenig, has taken a proactive stance by not only educating consumers on these statistics, but finding creative ways to recycle plastic wastes into handbags and accessories, as with the Chiks Rock Collection. “We express ourselves creatively through what we wear and carry,” Koenig says. “I believe we can express that without harming others, our planet, or animals.”
The Artist Series 4 – Chiks Rock Collection consists of three color-customizable and convertible tote crossbody bags illustrated by Dallas artists Jody Pham and Patricia Rodriguez, and Berkeley artist Michelle White. The front panels of the bags are digitally printed in the USA on 100% polyester canvas, of which 45% is constructed from recycled plastic bottles and other post-consumer or industrial plastic wastes. The back panel of the bags consists of plastic-free and animal-free vegan leather, made from 100% polyurethane, and is also available for customization in ten colors.
Now available for purchase, the Chiks Rock Collection rings affordable with prices ranging from $55 for a wristlet to $185 for a tote. In celebration of this newest launch, Cykochik invites fans and guests out to ATAMA on April 18 to shop the collection and chat with Dallas artists Jody Pham and Patricia Rodriguez, who will be available to sign their bags. For more information on how to attend, visit our Events Calendar.
Images used courtesy of Cykochik.