ALL IMAGES KEITH V FISCHER
BLAZER, SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE | BLACK TEE, OBAKKI ESSENTIAL COLLECTION | PANTS, UNIQLO | BOOTS, FRANCE MODE | CLUTCH, MONTBLANC | WATCH, MVMT | BRACELET, GUCCI | GREEN ENAMEL CUFF, MACY'S | RINGS, VINTAGE | HAIR, CIVELLO SALON
Like any fashion blogger, I’m attracted to nice things. But what if we could make a difference in the world with each piece we acquired? What if each piece of clothing we purchased involved 100% (yes, you read that right) of net proceeds going toward providing essentials of life to those in much greater need?
So what I've discovered is that not all clothes are made the same. Some are made with a greater purpose.
One such example is Obakki’s Essentials Collection.
You’re likely familiar with the Obakki Foundation, the brainchild of Obakki founder and Canadian designer, Treana Peake. Besides dressing the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, Peake’s focus has largely been on her foundation - which, since 2009, has drilled and rehabilitated over 1,000 water wells and brought water to over 1.5 million people across communities in Africa.
A true change maker, Peake has used her design talents to also create Scarves for Water, which was wildly popular and a great way for the public to get involved and contribute to her cause by buying scarves.
Now, she has created the foundations of a wardrobe. Think basics like the perfect black t-shirt or a classic tank. Except that it’s anything but basic.
When you buy an item from The Essentials Collection, 100% of the proceeds will go towards the essentials of life for people in South Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon. We’re talking water, food, shelter, education and medical care for those who truly need it.
The black t-shirt I’m wearing in these photos is not just a staple, it’s providing one. The shirt - and the entire collection - is made from recycled, 100% organic cotton, landfill-free, low-carbon footprint and holistic manufacturing.
Check out the collection here.
N.B. I've styled this purposeful Obakki t-shirt with a checked blazer I found at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Proving that you can remain on trend without breaking the bank or contributing to our ever-growing landfills.