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    THE CREATURE BLOG

    With a collection called Beast Bloom, it was inevitable that some floristry magic would be needed.  We reached out to the talented India Robinson, creative director + founder of BLOSSM BBY + asked her to create something otherworldly + spectacular, to sit with a selection of our Sans Beast treasures for a street shoot.  India brings her unique eye + floral artistry to her business - and it was such a joy to work with her on this project.  We spoke with India about all things flowers, anime, aliens + spreading love, particularly during these stormy times.
    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.
    Pam Ahern is the founder + owner of Edgar's Mission. A former equestrian champion, a chance encounter with a trotter named Edgar Alan Pig saw her give up her full time job + create a haven for farm animals which she built from the ground up. We caught up with her to talk about her incredible + inspiring journey.

    When we think about freedom for everyone on the planet, we tend to think of humans only.  But did you know there are people fighting, every day, for the freedom of intelligent, thoughtful, sentient beings who have been mistreated by humankind? Mickey Suzuki is one of these people.  Her story of how she came to work with the Non human Rights Project, the ongoing struggle to win rights for non human animals + her inherent compassion for all living beings, is a compelling one.  Read on to learn more about the NhRP, what the difference between animal welfare + animal rights is, and discover encouraging stories about how cases are being fought + won, through legal avenues.

    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.

    We're not nutritionists, dieticians or chefs.  But we do like food, and we love discovering plant based recipes to add to our repertoire of iso cooking options.  With the winter chill still in the air in Melbourne (is that just the weather, or is lockdown 2.0 bringing its own chill??), we're reaching for home cooked, whole food, plant based recipes that ensure we remain healthy in our body + mind.  Get tempted, ditch the constant takeaway, buy up those veggies + tap into your inner gourmand.

    Amanda Leigh Walker is the Co-founder + Head of Operations of vegan fast food institution, Lord of the Fries. She's also a life coach + teaches people how to recalibrate their power, lead with love, live authentically + with purpose. We caught up to discuss her journey from french fry mogul to spiritual healer.  We could all do with some healing right now - we hope you enjoy this conversation.  And for those who haven't tried the fries - we strongly encourage you to do so.  Everyone needs a salty potato treat to cheer up an iso day.
    When times are confusing, challenging, lonely or isolating...or all of the above - we all need go-to mechanisms to call on for help in resilience.  Our small team share their favourite books, podcasts, vegan eats + words of wisdom, for keeping it real during dark times.  Sometimes we just need to get out of our own heads + ride out the storm.
    We've all been there with the bottomless pit of a tote.  Throwing all of our daily needs into it when we've been rushing around being important + busy (note: slow down...but that's another blog post) .  When we create each bag - be it big or small - we focus on how our community will wear them + what they'll use them for.  Read on to learn about each of our tote bags - their form, functionality + versatility - and fall in love with the notion of bringing some organisation into your life.
    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.
    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 may be Autumn in Australia, but with the COVID-19 Iso life we're all leading, there's a Spring Clean feeling in the air.  Wardrobes are being tidied, mending is underway + the accessories collection is getting some tender loving care on the cleaning front.  So, how do you clean your vegan leather bags + wallets?  Read on for some tips + tricks to keep your beasts looking their best in hibernation, because as we all know, they will walk in the fresh air again soon.