{Around the Globe} Obakki: One Planet, One Tribe + One Singular Woman

Monday, September 23, 2013

There's a scene in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, a film based on the life of missionary Gladys Aylward, in which she stumbles upon an abandoned baby on the side of the road and swiftly takes the baby as her own and names her Sixpence.

If you haven't seen this movie, a true story based on Aylward, the humanitarian and magnanimous soul who successfully guided 100 children through enemy territory and into safety during the Sino-Japanese War, get ready to be inspired. Have a hanky handy.

Like Gladys, designer and philanthropist Treana Peake is dedicated to the "simple, joyful and rare belief that we are all responsible for each other." Since 2005 Peake has been addressing issues of health, malnutrition and education in the Republic of South Sudan where political strife, economic depression and disease have plagued the land for decades. She also provides aid to orphanages caring for children who have been abandoned or infants left roadside, like Sixpence.

Treana founded Obakki, an apparel label and foundation that merges fashion and philanthropy, employing 100% of proceeds to fund schools, health centers, and water purification projects in South Sudan, a land-locked country located in east-central Africa.

There are so many reasons to love Treana's fashion label: the local manufacturing she employs, the stunning designs that flatter every body type {including tailored and timeless dresses, graphic tees, color-blocked tops and this must-have scarf}, and the seminal work in alleviating poverty and empowering children and adults alike. For more info on how to get involved or how to snag one of Obakki's stunning designs, click here.
Here's a little video that will have you smiling for days. There's nothing better than starting the week with children dancing, happy folks smiling, and ethical fashion. Three of my favorite things. Okay, at 2:07 I melted into a puddle of happiness.

{images via obakki}

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