I’ve long been a fan of companies who give back to the world; particularly those who I continually support by purchasing their products. One such company is Obakki, the very successful Vancouver fashion house founded by Treana Peake. A good percentage of my wardrobe is made up of Obakki dresses, skirts, tops and jackets. While I’m in love with the beautiful simplicity of its clean lines and draping silouhettes I’m even more in love with Peake’s other venture - the Obakki Foundation. Peake’s passion is supporting the world of aid and development in countries torn apart by years of war and strife. Obakki Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings clean water and education to developing countries. To date, the Foundation has drilled over 810 water wells in South Sudan and built 12 schools in Cameroon.

Peake is a self-taught designer and produces only four collections a year. All her clothes are made in a small factory in Vancouver. Aside from the administrative and operational expenses that is absorbed by Obakki Designs (which is responsible for all creative aspects of the design house), Peake herself does not receive a salary.

That passion drove her to announce that Obakki was turning “100 percent humanitarian” meaning 100 percent of net profits were going to charitable causes through the Obakki Foundation. As I’m becoming much more aware of where my clothes are coming from (which is also why I love shopping at thrift stores and speciality consignment shops), Peake is truly giving fashion a purpose - and that’s beyond impressive. It’s inspiring.

On May 10th, the fashion industry’s best models from South Sudan and Canada are coming together for an exciting night of fashion and philanthropy at Holt Renfrew Vancouver. I invite you to join me, and these runway superstars, to show our support for the people of South Sudan. 

Guest speakers include South Sudanese actors, models and activists Ger Duany and Mari Malek. The evening will conclude with a musical performance by acclaimed musician and social change-maker Emmanuel Jal.

100% of all ticket proceeds go directly to the Obakki Foundation's clean water projects. Holt Renfrew will donate 10% of all store sales following the fashion show to the Obakki Foundation.

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Learn more about the Obakki label and the Obakki Foundation.