About MAIKA

The MAIKA story
MAIKA started with a craving for a better bag. The founder, Viola, found herself needing a bag that could seamlessly take her through her busy life as a working professional, multi-tasking mom, and avid athlete. With over four decades of family experience in the luxury bag business, Viola set out to create her perfect bag. It had to fit her lifestyle and support her belief in sustainable materials and processes.
Combining her love of design, colors, patterns and textiles, MAIKA was founded in 2014 with the iconic Carryall Tote. 
The Design
Every bag combines simple, functional design with perfect everyday details. All the patterns are original artwork from the studio. Every single pattern or print you see in the line is hand-painted or illustrated in-house in Emeryville, California. From sketch to stitch, we create each piece with love and delight. 
The Name
MAIKA means "dancing flower." Because who doesn't love a beautiful bloom?
The Founder
Viola Sutanto, Founder + Designer
I consider myself truly blessed to do what I love. everyday. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs in my family, I always knew I wanted to own my own creative business. However, like many things in life, it took a few detours before MAIKA was born.
A business degree from Haas School of Business at the UC Berkeley, followed by a stint in banking, and a serendipitous series of events resulted in acceptance at the design program at the California College of the Arts. Upon graduation, I continued to hone my craft in the fashion industry and later, some of the premier boutique design firms in the Bay Area.
 At the heart of every adventure I embark upon, I have always felt that an open mind and a sense of play and curiosity is crucial to self-growth. MAIKA represents that leap of faith: to always push the creative envelope; to represent thoughtful, evocative design that touches the heart and motivates a call to action.

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