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Mike Bakker


Greetings and welcome!

Thank you for taking time out of your day to come to see what we are all about.  I must admit, at the start of this journey I had no idea what I was doing.  I’ve never started a business nor have I ever worked in the clothing industry.  All I knew through my education and work was that depression is on the rise with more people feeling disconnected and hopeless each day.   I grew up experiencing how depression affects those we love as it made continuous appearances throughout my extended family.  If we think about it, I believe everyone is either directly or indirectly affected by depression in one way or another. 

In the beginning, the vision of SMRK was hazy. It was just an idea, but the more I researched the more I realized the strong need for a platform such as this and the vision has become very clear.  It’s a vast vision, I know, but there is something in me that refuses to yield just because it feels out of reach.  

There is so much more to learn, and mistakes will be made along the way.  In fact, I’m sure you’ll notice one or two eventually!  I hope you will join our journey through growing pains and I hope you will celebrate with us in our success. 

Unlike our products, I will not strive to be perfect.  Instead, I will strive to be me and let my passion for people flow through the products and supports we produce.  

Join our culture as we move forward. Period. 


Mike Bakker

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