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THE CREATIVE JOURNAL

Wardrobe staples - or capsule wardrobes - are becoming more + more popular, as we all seek to buy less and make it work harder.  We talk through the three essential black bags to consider in your accessories wardrobe and how to choose the perfect ones.

We've been a fan of Karissa's style + authentic approach to telling her story, since day 1 of Sans Beast.  As Creative Director of fashion + lifestyle blog, Tomgirl + Threads, Karissa Sparke believes in a conscious lifestyle.  This involves plant based eating, slow living + treading lightly on our planet.  She's renowned for her effortless style, her travel + beach adventures - and her growing menagerie of furry friends, including Bean + more recently, the heavenly Peanut. We caught up with Karissa to talk life, inspiration + how an avid traveller has adjusted to living life in lockdown.

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.
You may call it a belt bag, a bumbag, a fanny pack or a bodypack - whatever the name, this utilitarian yet chic style of bag is here to stay.  Rhi has put together a post on how to style a belt bag.  We've got a few in our collection, from the Freefall to the Petite Smuggler - and a couple of cross body bags that double as belt bags with a quick change of the straps + buckles.  Read on to discover just how versatile this trend can be.
Responsible fashion choices that respect people, animals and our planet should be the norm, not a trend.  We share some thoughts + tips for being a more conscious consumer this festive season (and beyond).  We wish you the happiest of festive seasons + a beautiful 2020 ahead.
After meeting Sydney based artist Alisha Rich, through IG (where so many creative convos start nowadays...), we commissioned two paintings to underpin the waterflow feeling of Series 04.  We chatted about her practise, what it is about watercolour that resonates + why rebellion against the status quo is at the centre of her approach to creative living.
Happy 1st Birthday to us!  A reflection on the year that was, as Sans Beast turns one.  Read about our highs + lows - and ultimately, our happiness + gratitude, in arriving at our first birthday in one piece, ready to embrace what's next.
We talk with consummate traveller, Karissa Sparke about her recent 5 month European trip with husband Tom + discover the pros and cons to van life on the road.  Karissa + Tom certainly show a beautiful - and loved up - life on the road, and we are feeling the inspiration big time.  Be prepared to add 'vanlife' to your bucket list.
Ella discusses creative direction, her dog Bobby, going off the grid and how she stays inspired.  We have worked with Ella on two campaigns, and both times she has brought creativity + energy to the project.  She has a unique style, with an enormous talent for nailing an eclectic yet effortless look.
A peek into our Series 3 collection + shoot - entitled 'Sensorius'.  Discover how we approached the season + why Caravaggio was so important to us.  Collaboration is key for any brand - and as a small business, it's even more important to make every effort (and dollar) count. We are so thankful for our collaborators - Stylist + Co-Creative Director on the shoot, Ella Murphy, Scott Newett + Jesper Hede of Cubed Studio, Xeneb Allen for H+MU, the two beauties fronting the lens Emma Hakamme + Alek Kuany.
A peak behind the scenes of our Series 2 shoot - The Book of Harlequin.  Shot by Cubed Studio, styling by Bec Cole, models Jeff Ksubi + Tora Flink, HMU Karen Burton + video Josef Gatti.  This was back in 2018 - which feels like a lifetime ago.  The shoot was inspired by the dreamstate of reading favourite books.
Discover the inspiration + narrative behind our Series 1 launch collection.  This is just the beginning as we launch this startup beast.  We invite you to join the (vegan) revolution.  Shot by dear friend of the brand, Vien Tran, styling by Ella Murphy, H+MU by Nelle Pandis + starring our motley yet stunning crew of rebels - Ivonny, Atha, Javier, Indigo + Kalilah.
THE CREATIVE JOURNAL - Sans Beast Blog