By  on July 24, 2019

Treana Peake designs Obakki, a classic and refined contemporary collection based in Vancouver, but that’s just her day job. The Obakki Foundation, a nonprofit Peake launched in 2009, supports her charitable work in Africa, where the organization has installed more than 2,000 clean water wells, built 15 schools and hospitals and taught new skills to refugees displaced by civil war.

Peake’s path to the fashion industry was nontraditional to say the least. “I worked in psychiatry as a rehabilitation practitioner,” she said. “I was designing programs for people with strong developmental behavior issues at a hospital in rural Alberta. I have no idea how I ended up in fashion.”

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