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Viola Sutanto

MAIKA Founder + Creative Director Fashion Oakland, California
About Viola
I am a mom of 2 wonderful kids (7 and 2), and live in the San Francisco Bay area with my husband, who is also a creative entrepreneur. I own a company called MAIKA and we make stylish and functional soft goods from recycled canvas for delightful travel and living. There is great joy to be found in little moments, and that is what MAIKA stands for. Our products are carried mostly in specialty boutiques and retail stores nationwide. Prior to MAIKA, I ran a brand agency and also worked with various retail clients ranging from Design within Reach, Peet's Coffee and Chronicle Books. Currently, I am also the co-founder of LimeLoop, a full circle shipper packaging company that combines technology and innovative design to create a more sustainable supply chain. Life is busy, but also exciting and fulfilling with work and family.

Work smart. Be kind.

How many kids? Ages?

Maika Olivia Ting / Female / 8 years old
Alistair Jordan Ting / Male / 3 years old

Interested In

Collaborating, Finding a Mentor, Friendship, Hiring Talent, Mentoring, Networking, Playdates

Words you live by/quotes you love

Work smart. Be kind.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the community?

I hope to inspire by sharing my journey of being a design entrepreneur; from transitioning a service-based business to that of a product brand; navigating the wholesale landscape, the supply chain, building upon multiple distribution channels and growing a team. All the while being good to one other and the earth. I would also love to share creative/design skills through teaching workshops and classes.

What is your biggest business challenge right now?

Building a leadership team and good culture.

What is one thing that would be game-changing for your business right now?

Building a leadership team.

Why do you want to be a part of heymama?

I would love to connect and support like-minded women and mom entrepreneurs. I truly believe in community over competition, and know that each of us have unique gifts to bring to the table.

xx Viola Sutanto

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