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#ModernMuse: Social Entrepreneur Nikki Duong Koenig

Modern Muse Nikki Koenig

This week’s Modern Muse Nikki Duong Koenig learned how to sew from her mother at the tender age of seven. Ever since, she has been inspired and motivated to help others through her passions, founding the stylish and socially responsible handbag and accessory company Cykochik Custom Handbags in her SMU dorm room 14 years ago.

According to Nikki, “Cykochik’s vision is to create a more compassionate, sustainable, and happy world for all living beings.” In fact, in 2013, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recognized Cykochik on a global stage with the ‘Compassionate Business Award.’ Fashion and compassion all wrapped into one exciting line!

What we love about Cykochik and Nikki is the dedication to bringing together the creativity of local artists, environmental and animal-friendly materials, craftsmanship and community to a now global social enterprise that has truly made an impact on the world. Check out more of Nikki and Cykochik’s story below!

 

“We are supporting and empowering women artists and artisans locally and around the world through our collaborations. Our mission is to help preserve traditional handicrafts and financially support women so that they can be self-sufficient and provide for their families. 

How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“I am where I am today because of the support of my family, friends, and fans for Cykochik and my vision to help create a more compassionate world for all living beings. There have been numerous challenges over the past 14 years as an entrepreneur, but the biggest one that I had to overcome was self-doubt.”

Who is your she-ro?
“My Mom is my she-ro, she is the original ‘Cykochik’ because without her support and mentorship, Cykochik would not exist today!”

What is your favorite quote?

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Learn more about Nikki and Cykochik:

Do you know a #ModernMuse who has an amazing story to tell? Send us her story to info@ugaugrrl.com. We’d love to know her: 1) Name, 2) Age if under 25, 3) Ethnicity, 4) Location, 5) Relationship to you, 6) Why you think she is a #ModernMuse (what is she doing or has she done to make Inspire, Empower, Impact the world or the community around her?). We’ll let you both know when we’d like to publish her story, send her a few more questions and will share it on our social media channels. Looking forward to your submissions!

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