Whether it's for environmental or ethical reasons, more + more people are seeking alternatives to leather in the fashion space. The term 'vegan leather' has gained in popularity as a result. What does this mean, what are the options, is it better or worse for the environment? For Sans Beast, ethics will always be a fundamental element of this conversation - we don't believe animals should suffer for our fashion choices - however for many, it's a bigger conversation around the environment + finite resources, that resonates. We attempt to offer some insight on this subject in this blog post.
It's Fashion Revolution 2022 week, a global event that was conceptualised after the horror of the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013. The aim has been to bring attention + respect to workers + the planet. The movement has gone from strength to strength every year + we are so happy to show you who's behind our bags. We could not do what we do without our manufacturing partners + this is an ode to them: the fabric makers, hardware builders + manufacturing teams that bring our collections to life.
Our new collection Series 09: Grounded is here, showcasing our signature styles in new season shades, plus a sprinkling of exciting new shapes to bring cruelty free joy + function to your life. See what's new at Sans Beast.
Another year of running a small, purpose led, vegan friendly business has brought learnings, challenges, wins + losses. So much has happened this year + as someone who likes to reflect + improve, I've written this post to share a few of the moments of clarity that struck this year. Always grateful for what we've built + for the wise, creative + talented folk we work with - and for you, the community growing with us day by day.
Sourcing materials is a major part of creating our vegan handbag collections at Sans Beast. With our core mission to use no animal products, we take a look at the range of biobased + manmade materials currently available for non leather handbags, and talk you through some of the issues in selecting the right materials. Cost, minimums, freight + commercial availability are all factors that come into play when we're compiling our wishlist for new collections.
We've put together a vegan gift guide of some Sans Beast bag suggestions, along with a list of favourite vegan + ethical small businesses in Australia, that would no doubt love your support in these (still) challenging post pandemic times. Happy festivus from us to you.
2020 has been tumultuous so far + Sans Beast has not been immune to the challenges. As a niche, vegan handbag brand celebrating our second birthday in March, it was a rude awakening to follow the blowing out of the birthday candles with a new acronym + lifestyle - WFH. However this post is not about doom + gloom, it's about celebrating creativity, getting excited about a new collection, recognising the power (and importance) of collaboration + enjoying the notion of blooming again.
Nick Pearce is Co-founder + CEO of HoMie, a Melbourne based retail brand that uses its profits to provide training + employment opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness. We caught up with Nick to talk about how HoMie came about + the challenges facing young people living rough.