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Sep 14, 2021, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

DIOSA Designs Earns $80,000 in Pre-orders for Ethically Minded Backpack

Canadian-based brand will donate two percent of annual sales towards environmental and women’s empowerment initiatives

DIOSA Designs, a sustainably minded fashion brand founded by mother-daughter duo Kim Hickman and Katie Thompson, has introduced the Maya, an ethically crafted, vegan-leather backpack whose multifunctional design is nothing short of miraculous. The coveted product began shipping mid-June. Founded in 2017, DIOSA Designs was inspired by Kim and Katie’s fruitless search for a fashionable, functional and earth-friendly backpack. Deciding they would simply create their own, the pair called on over 300 women between the ages of 20 and 75 to share their views, employing online surveys and “backpack yaks” where they invited women to their Newfoundland and Labrador home to chat about their dream backpack.

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Nov 25, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Mother-daughter duo launch Kickstarter campaign to develop fashion collection and participate in ‘Green Friday’

Company aims to celebrate and support women globally and create sustainable, built-to-last quality bags and accessories

St. John’s businesswoman Kim Hickman and her daughter Katie Thompson have launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund for DIOSA designs Inc., a company they’ve co-founded in order to create products with sustainable practices and empower women around the world. The company is launching with The Maya, a multi-purpose, vegan-leather backpack that converts into a crossbody bag, and features an interior lining made from recycled plastic bottles. The Kickstarter campaign is a crucial step in the company’s development. Funds from the campaign will help DIOSA develop the collection on a large-scale and share it with women around the globe.

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Press Kit Contents

Our Story

DIOSA's aims to create a product that would enable women to feel empowered, strong and beautifully put together for every occasion.

Our Founders

DIOSA designs Inc. was created by mother-daughter team Kim Hickman and Katie Thompson in 2017 and officially launched in 2019.

Our Products

Our hero product is the Maya Backpack. A carryall pack designed by women, with women in mind. A chic backpack that is just as versatile as it is stylish.


DIOSA designs Inc. created a 1% give-back to help women globally. Furthermore, as socially and environmentally conscious business women, 1% of their sales also goes toward giving back to the planet.

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