About Us

Who We Are

Dia is a love letter to Southeast Asia and a different way to explore the region. This is where you discover artisanal brands, the beautiful things they create, and the stories behind it all. An artisanal brand is one that focuses on craft and quality rather than mass production and scale; their production process is partly or entirely done by hand, and often involves heritage craft skills. We’ve curated products and content that celebrate Southeast Asia’s diversity and its rich heritage of craftsmanship. Dia was built in 2020 by three Malaysian friends who wanted to share these wonders with you.

Whether you’re looking for a handmade gift, unique conversation-starter, or inspiration for your next adventure, Dia is where you’ll find it.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to champion Southeast Asian artisanship and develop the global recognition it deserves.

Dia is a genderless Malay word meaning “she/he/them” and also refers to our greater hope to Directly Impact Artisans. As a Greek prefix, Dia also refers to going “through, across, between,” which speaks to our goal of bridging the gap between authentic Southeast Asian artisanship and a discerning global audience who will appreciate it.

Dia believes in mindful shopping

We feature high-quality and special products worth investing in from brands we truly believe in.

Dia supports slow ethical fashion

Our partner brands provide fair support systems for artisans and do not mass produce.

Dia curates its content

We’ll only share stories that add value to your worldview and Dia experience.

The Founders

Kylie, Alia, and Aisha are friends from Malaysia who believe wholeheartedly in the multifaceted and stunning region they call home. They have lived across the world and often found that Southeast Asia’s boutique brands and artisanship seemed overlooked on a global stage—so they decided to build Dia.

The founders have worked in government, big data, journalism, hospitality, and market research. They’ve poured their energy and expertise into Dia to create as thoughtful a platform as possible. This includes providing a curated shopping experience, sharing meaningful content, and cultivating a vibrant community. Will you join us?

Who We Are

Dia is a love letter to Southeast Asia and a different way to explore the region. This is where you discover artisanal brands, the beautiful things they create, and the stories behind it all. An artisanal brand is one that focuses on craft and quality rather than mass production and scale; their production process is partly or entirely done by hand, and often involves heritage craft skills. We’ve curated products and content that celebrate Southeast Asia’s diversity and its rich heritage of craftsmanship. Dia was built in 2020 by three Malaysian friends who wanted to share these wonders with you.

Whether you’re looking for a handmade gift, unique conversation-starter, or inspiration for your next adventure, Dia is where you’ll find it.

Brand Mission

Our mission is to champion Southeast Asian artisanship and develop the global recognition it deserves.

Dia is a genderless Malay word meaning “she/he/them” and also refers to our greater hope to Directly Impact Artisans. As a Greek prefix, Dia also refers to going “through, across, between,” which speaks to our goal of bridging the gap between authentic Southeast Asian artisanship and a discerning global audience who will appreciate it.

Dia believes in mindful shopping

We feature high-quality and special products worth investing in from brands we truly believe in.

Dia supports slow ethical fashion

Our partner brands provide fair support systems for artisans and do not mass produce.

Dia curates its content

We’ll only share stories that add value to your worldview and Dia experience.

The Founders

Kylie, Alia, and Aisha are friends from Malaysia who believe wholeheartedly in the multifaceted and stunning region they call home. They have lived across the world and often found that Southeast Asia’s boutique brands and artisanship seemed overlooked on a global stage—so they decided to build Dia.

The founders have worked in government, big data, journalism, hospitality, and market research. They’ve poured their energy and expertise into Dia to create as thoughtful a platform as possible. This includes providing a curated shopping experience, sharing meaningful content, and cultivating a vibrant community. Will you join us?