Miik started as an idea that was inspired by a magazine article on sustainable fabrics. Co-founder, Micheal Gaughan, read the article and was immediately intrigued. Who knew that you could make fabric from corn, pineapple, milk, beechwood and eucalyptus? With one eye on fashion and the other on the environment, he decided to try his hand at designing a clothing line. he started researching bamboo and other sustainable fabrics. He loved the concept of slow fashion, "Instead of buying cheap, trendy clothing that would end up in a landfill site after one season, why not create clothes that are durable and well-made in simple, but striking designs? He learned fairly quickly that not all bamboo is created equal, and that they would have to mill their own fabric locally to control the quality, weight and colour. Milling, designing and sewing locally would also support local businesses and minimize carbon emissions.
To build Miik into a global luxury brand while maintaining our Canadian roots. Sustainability is in our DNA. We hope that the way we do business today will transform the fashion industry of tomorrow.
At Miik, our love for style is only surpassed by our concern for the environment. We continue to challenge the fast-fashion model with timeless pieces made from sustainably-sourced fabrics, proving that an ethical, eco-friendly garment need not compromise on quality, style or comfort. For us, it’s not just what we make, but how we make it.
What Matters Most
We stand behind our product and deliver unparalleled customer service.
2. Style that sustains.
It’s woven into every thread, every pattern and every design. Our entire collection is made from our very own custom milled, sustainably sourced fabrics.
From recycling, to using energy efficient fixtures and appliances, to re-using hangers, to buying organic, non-toxic cleaning products – we do everything we can to be green in all areas of our business.
3. Our team.
We love what we do and the people we do it with. A healthy work-life balance and a work culture of respect and appreciation make it so that we all have two families – our home family and our Miik family.
4. Giving back.
Our business model is designed to include ongoing support to causes we care about, including Plan Canada, Nanny Angel Network, Fight to End Cancer, Joe's Team, Yorktown Shelter, Meagan's Walk, CAMH, Sheena’s Place, Youth Without Shelter, Arthritis Society, Gatehouse, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Sleeping Children Around the World, to name a few.
5. Our commitment to our partners.
We work hard every day to support our customers, stores and the communities we work with to succeed and grow – they have our back and we have theirs.
6. Being better than yesterday.
We’re always striving to create stronger designs, using better processes, softer and more durable fabrics, with even less impact on the environment. To us, there is always room for improvement.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world—it can grow up to three feet per day. It is a self-propagating grass, which means it regrows after harvesting without needing to be replanted. Bamboo is naturally pest-resistant so it requires no pesticides, and it grows quickly and abundantly without fertilizer, thus minimizing the amount of chemicals needed for its production. It also requires very little water, making it a sustainable crop that is easy on the earth.
Our rayon from bamboo is luxuriously soft, long-lasting and easy to care for. It looks and wears beautifully and doesn’t fade or lose its shape like other natural-source fibres. For a detailed explanation of our bamboo production process and organic farming standards please click here.
MicroModal® is synonymous with luxury fabrics such as linen and silk, but is much easier to care for. The fibres come from sustainably harvested beech trees which, like bamboo, are self-propagating. We use Lenzing MicroModal® to ensure the highest standards of environmental responsibility are met—pulp and fibre are produced at the same location and 95% of production materials are recovered, to reduce energy use and minimize waste.
Our MicroModal® fabric is very finely knit for an extremely soft and silky feel. The perfect complement to our classic bamboo fabric, MicroModal® is light and airy, inspiring soft, flowing designs that drape beautifully on the body. It’s lightweight and resists wrinkling (an excellent choice for travel) and holds its colour after repeated washing and wearing.
Sorona® is a fibre made from a polymer produced through the fermentation of corn sugars. It contains 37% renewably-sourced, plant-based content by weight. Not only does it contain fewer petro-chemical-derived ingredients, but it uses less fossil fuel energy and emits fewer greenhouse gasses during its production than similar polymer-based fibres.
We use Sorona® in a blend with bamboo, to give our fabric the look of wool but with the same softness and stretch as our classic bamboo fabric. Available in solid, stripe, and pinstripe for a more tailored look.
Linen is a lightweight, breathable fabric known for its exceptional cooling qualities in hot weather. It is produced from the cellulose fibres of the flax plant which, like bamboo, is naturally resistant to pests and requires no irrigation. Though linen requires only the fibres from the flax stalk, waste is minimal as the rest of the plant goes on to become products like linseed oil and livestock feed. Our slub linen fabric has a subtle texture that contrasts beautifully with our smooth rayon from bamboo.
Prints & Patterns (rayon from bamboo & MicroModal®) As the textile industry in North America shrinks, there is no longer a local manufacturer able to reliably produce the quantity and quality of printed fabric that we require. In order to avoid damaged and substandard fabric and the resulting excess waste, and to continue to produce beautiful prints of the highest quality, we made the difficult decision to turn to an overseas manufacturer to produce our printed fabric as of Fall 2017. Our leopard print and ogee print are currently our only fabrics not milled and dyed in Canada—we still produce 97% of our fabric locally.
These eco-friendly rayon from bamboo and MicroModal® printed textiles comply with China’s National General Safety Technical Code for Textile Products, the requirements of which ensure product quality and safety by regulating hazardous substances. They also carry the third-party STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification, meaning these textiles have been tested to ensure they meet specific regulations for chemical content. Like our local fabric suppliers, our overseas manufacturer ensures its employees work under safe conditions, are treated respectfully, and are compensated fairly.
We are happy to share that our printed fabric is unbelievably soft, has a luxurious drape and is as durable as our core rayon from bamboo and MicroModal® f