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    THE CREATURE BLOG

    An overview of 2020 + the lessons learnt for Sans Beast, from the perspective of our founder Cathryn.  It's been one hell of a ride + we feel we've come out the other side wiser, braver + more resilient - ready for all 2021 has to throw at us.  One key lesson out of all of this has been to reaffirm our mission + recommit to the business of Sans Beast.  We can't wait to show you what we have in store for the year ahead + hope you'll continue on this journey with us.
    As we head into the festive season + the end of 2020, a year we're all looking forward to bidding farewell - we know that gifting is on the mind of many.  We've put together a vegan gift guide of some Sans Beast suggestions, along with a list of favourite vegan + ethical small businesses in Australia, that would no doubt love your support.  Happy festivus from us to you.
    Starting in our home town of Melbourne we’ve compiled our list of our favourite vegan eats all around the country. Whether you’re in the mood for brunch, a sweet treat or even sushi (yes you heard us, vegan sushi) we have options sure to impress even your most carnivorous of friends.  Most we've tried ourselves, others we just know by reputation - we'd love to keep building this list (and satisfy our own hunger) so let us know who we're missing.
    What a year it's been + now we're on the fast train to Festivus, with many of us looking forward to overdue celebrations with loved ones.  While it's tempting to feel 'we deserve' decadence - it's a good time to remember how much waste can come out of this time of the year, with packaging + decorating.  We share our top tips, for enjoying a more eco conscious 2020 Xmas.  Whether it's getting your craft on through embracing upcycling, foraging for sticks to repurpose into a Xmas tree or wrapping your presents with old fabric - we've pulled some ideas together to offer up a DIY-fabulous experience this festive season.

    Reptilian.  The word evokes prehistoric mystery, an otherworldliness, a cold blooded family of creatures + ultimately, fear.  We've been raised to see these slithery, silent + stealthy beings, as the enemy.  But despite seeing mystery + beauty in these creatures, we don't believe they should be exploited for their body parts - simply to cater to our vanities.  We're a fan of faux + we'd love to show you some options for the upcoming festive season.  Read on.

    Emma Hakansson has been a friend of Sans Beast, as well as an occasional face of the brand, since 'the beginning'.  She is a woman who wears many hats, and applies her talents + time, to making a difference in this life.  A passionate advocate for animals, a soon to be published author, a model + a content creator, Emma is someone who walks her talk.  We hope you'll enjoy reading about this inspiring creative creature.

    There's something about the heralding of Summer in Australia that puts us in a festive, party mood.  There's also something about coming out of a pandemic lockdown that puts an extra spring in our step + gets us excited for socialising again.  Spring Racing often marks the beginning of 'events season' here in Melbourne, however, we believe there are better things to celebrate.  Getting through this year for one!  We've picked some of our favourite beasts for hitting the proverbial d-floor, the virtual red carpet, the socially distanced restaurant + the glamorous backyard (vegan) BBQ.  

    Joanne Lee is an animal advocate who operates a vegan micro sanctuary in The Dandenong Ranges, around an hour outside of Melbourne. Her most notable residents are The Weetbix Gang - a flock of rescued sheep who have found sanctuary, fun + friendship together.
    A few weeks ago, we threw a notion out into the universe that perhaps all this talk about leather being the 'natural' option when it comes to fashion, was not entirely true.  We said we'd discuss the manufacturing, the environmental impact, the biodegradability, and yes, even the ethics around the industrial level raising of animals on the planet.  We asked our community if they wanted to know more.  The answer was a resounding YES.  Co-authored by Cathryn Wills + Emma Hakansson, with as much research as they could gather to illustrate the point that 'faux' may be a dirty word to many, but modern leather has its own grubby secrets.

    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.

    We’re calling it early at Studio Sans Beast - khaki is one of our top picks for this Spring/ Summer season. For our Series 6 collection we’ve taken some of our much loved pieces + reimagined them in khaki toned fabrics, plus we’ve added in some brand new khaki styles. Here are our top khaki picks just in time for you to #BeastBloom:

    Life may be looking + feeling different in 2020, but we've all still got things to carry. be it for work, exercise, study or shopping, a roomy receptacle is called for. We've curated a selection of favourites in our vegan tote bag collection, read through to find your perfect tote.