February 2, 2013 was our second month of unified themes at CreativeMornings with over 5,000 attendees on six continents gathering to hear speakers address the topic of “Money”. CreativeMornings/Vancouver was proud to host Canadian fashion designer and philanthropist Treana Peake, through the support of our presenting partner Capilano University and ongoing support of GDC/BC and tech partner Matrix Video.

Treana Peake is a Canadian fashion designer whose creativity is fuelled by her philanthropy. In 2005 she founded Obakki, a luxury brand that focuses on urban, easy-to-wear and effortlessly cool clothes for women. Recently her collections have been featured in top fashion publications such as Vogue, InStyle, and WWD. In 2009, when she launched the Obakki Foundation, Treana integrated her passions of fashion and philanthropy. Focusing on educational development and clean water projects, the Foundation uses the fashion world as a vehicle to raise funds and awareness for big-picture global issues. Over the past 15 years, Treana has traveled to Africa, living and working in the very environments that she seeks to transform, and getting to know the people that she has committed to empower.

Treana spoke about what it's like to grow up receiving charity, finding inspiration, and giving back.

A few notable comments by Treana:

"In a heavily saturated market with a million great causes, how do you get your story heard?"

"Why does fashion have a larger vision or voice than philanthropy?"

"The idea that I could combine passion with my talent to create change truly inspired me."

"When I travel the world I look for the need and the way I'm going to creatively present it to you."

"I don't think we ever know how much reach we have when we truly put ourselves out there to give."

Our March 8, 2013 event theme will be “Reuse” and we’re proud to welcome Natacha Beim, presented by Kirk Marketing. Tickets will be available at 11am on Monday, March 4 at creativemorningsvancouver.eventbrite.com.

The Vancouver chapter of CreativeMornings is run by Mark Busse (@MarkBusse) and his dedicated team of volunteers. Thanks to Matthew Shettler(@Shettler), Ryan Mah (@Unisonpress), Mahyar Saeedi (@MahyarSaeedi), and Jake Hermiston, and Josh Nychuk for video production.
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