Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shop Local/Shop Smart: Cykochik Custom Bags

Oh So Cynthia is about showcasing the city of Dallas and what makes it a fabulous place to live. From food to fashion, reality TV to movie premiers, cultural events to business deals, this city is happening and the people who live and create here are affecting change, not only in our city, but all around the world! I'm a girl with champagne tastes on a soda-pop budget, so I am all about smart shopping.  Throughout the holiday season, I will be bringing you a series of posts that will combine both of these concepts - Shop Local/Shop Smart - bringing you great gift ideas for under $200 from local designers and businesses.

Today's feature is local bag designer:   Cykochik

Nikki Duong Koenig, is a young designer with a fresh vision and an eye for detail, who created Cykochik to showcase her personal fashion designs and artwork.  The label's name, pronounced (psycho'-chick) derived from the words, "cycle" + "chick" because everything in life has a cycle–especially in fashion, where styles and trends are in a constant state of reinvention.

While the label has grown over the years, the philosophy and idealistic approach remain the same in a world of mass production. Cykochik fervently believes in individualism and the freedom to express it; without endangering others in the process. All bags are made of animal & eco-friendly vinyl and are 100% sweatshop-free.

She has several different collections, but my favorite is the "Portrait Tote Collection" which allows you to take a treasured photograph and have the image drawn and hand-cut onto a tote bag. There are 3 different styles of bags to select from (starting at $180) and a myriad of colors combinations for you to create the perfect bag!  The only down-side is that it's a 3-4 week delivery, so if you want one of these for the holidays, you need to book it NOW.

Every bag is handcrafted by Koenig and her team of skilled artisans in Dallas, TX. and while you can find her work at local stores like Indie Genius and The McKinney Ave. Contemporary (The MAC), the Portrait Tote Collection needs to be ordered online at