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      Introducing Susan Cadman: Q + A with Miik President

      Introducing Susan Cadman: Q + A with Miik President

      Susan (or Sue, as she’s known around the office) is a busy mother of two, an Ironman competitor, an avid traveller and, of course, Miik’s leader as company president. Meet the ambitious woman behind the Miik brand as she answers a few questions. 

       

      How did you become involved with Miik?

      Donna and Michael live in my neighbourhood so I’ve known them for years. We used to spend many nights discussing Miik, fashion and business in general. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and with my background in marketing and statistics this budding business of theirs was very intriguing to me. After having my second child I wanted to get back into the workforce but something was holding me back from resuming my corporate job. Donna, Michael and I used to joke about how one day I’d run the company and suddenly that idea and the timing of it felt very right.

       

      What is the best part of your job?

      I love being able to have a voice and make a difference. Often at large companies your voice can get lost, even in a leadership role. Having a small, nimble team allows us to get things done quickly and we can efficiently see our visions come to life. I also have a tremendous amount of pride for the work we’re doing which really turns my ‘job’ into a passion.  And since we are small, some days we all do a bit of everything…I love helping Donna with the designs.

       

      What does a regular day look like for you?

      My days start bright and early at 5am so I can be in the pool or on a run before my kids wake up. I then return home to get the kids and myself ready before I walk them to school and daycare. My workday then begins either at my home office, Michael and Donna’s home office or our downtown office… and some days it’s a combination of all three!

       

      What do you love about Miik’s hometown, Toronto?

      I love the diversity of the city and all that it has to offer. Whether it’s sports, restaurants, theatre, music or shopping, Toronto really has it all and is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination because of it. I live in a great neighbourhood with my family where we know all of our neighbours; it’s safe for the kids and easily accessible from the downtown core. As an athlete, I love that I can run along the water (Lake Ontario) and as a traveller I love that my family and I can fly almost anywhere in the world from Toronto’s Pearson airport.

       

      What do you hope for the future of Miik?

      I would love to see Miik grow into a well-known Canadian fashion brand. I’m so proud of the work we do and the values of our brand and would love to develop a culture that empowers people to feel good about what they’re wearing. My ultimate dream is to see Miik go global and be in a position where we can inspire other brands to change their processes to be ethical and sustainable.

       

      What is your favourite piece from the upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 collection?

      So hard to pick just one…my favourite skirt is the Monica in our new stripe, my favourite dress is the reversible Kristen zipper dress and our new Emma in Orchid is my favourite blazer. Sorry, I just couldn’t pick one! 

       

       

         

      15 fun facts about bamboo

      15 fun facts about bamboo

      It’s no secret that at Miik we’re committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, but we’re also committed to being stylish and comfortable. The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other, which is why bamboo is one of our core fabrics each season. Anyone who has tried it knows how luxuriously soft it is and how long it lasts.

      Here are 15 fun facts about this incredibly versatile and fascinating resource:


      1. As a plant, bamboo is one of the fastest growing in the world. It can grow as much as one meter in 24 hours.

      2. Bamboo crops absorb carbon dioxide and can generate up to 35% more oxygen than the same amount trees.

      3. It does not require chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or watering to grow.

      4. Bamboo improves, rather than depletes soil quality.

      5. When bamboo is harvested it will continue to grow with no additional planting or cultivation.

      6. Bamboo has a stronger structure than steel and is widely used in the construction industry.

      7. More than 1 billion people around the world live in bamboo houses.

      8. Bamboo is used in folk medicine to treat infections and to accelerate the healing of wounds.

      9. In Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of durability, strength, resilience and flexibility.

      10. Bamboo was the only plant to survive the radiation of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima.

      11. Bamboo clothing keeps the skin cool and dry. It works as a natural thermostat to regulate the temperature of the body.

      12. Bamboo shoots are rich in fibre and potassium and have been a part of the daily diet in Asian countries for decades.

      13. Thomas Edison used bamboo filaments in his first light bulbs. One of those bulbs is still burning today at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

      14. Bamboo is incredibly versatile and is used to produce textiles, household products, musical instruments, automotive parts and event electronic products.

      15. Bamboo grows on every continent except Antarctica.