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St. John's company reaches Kickstarter goal for backpack using recycled bottles

The Maya is a backpack designed for women. — Chris Crockwell photo
The Maya is a backpack designed for women. — Chris Crockwell photo

Funds help DIOSA launch The Maya, create next bag collection

A St. John's company designing sustainable and fashionable bags for women has reached its goal in an online crowdfunding campaign.

DIOSA designs Inc. met its Kickstarter target of $25,000. In a previous interview with The Telegram, the company said these funds would support work towards the creation of its next collection of bags. According to a news release issued Wednesday, DIOSA is also looking to launch its multi-purpose backpack The Maya on a larger scale through the Kickstarter fund.

“We are so grateful to our community for helping support our vision,” company co-founder Kim Hickman said in the release. “Because of you, we were able to reach supporters from all over the world. It’s an amazing testament to our vision of supporting women globally.”



Kim Hickman and her daughter Katie Thompson are the co-founders of a St. John's company DIOSA designs Inc. — Chris Crockwell photo
Kim Hickman and her daughter Katie Thompson are the co-founders of a St. John's company DIOSA designs Inc. — Chris Crockwell photo

The Maya is a vegan-leather backpack that converts into a cross-body bag. The interior lining of the bag is made from recycled plastic bottles. DIOSA was founded by Hickman and her daughter Katie Thompson. According to the release, The Maya will be sold through DIOSA's online store in 2021, as will a variety of accessories.

The Kickstarter campaign, which concludes Thursday, Dec. 10, raised just over $27,000 as of Wednesday.

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