Who made your Sans Beast bag? It's an important question - and one we enjoy being transparent about.
Human hands make our products, and our business couldn't continue without the regular communication, technical skills, care + effort from our manufacturing partners.
We produce our collections with SingFai Handbags in the Dongguan area of Southern China which is owned + run by Tony Lee + his brothers Sing + Joe.
The makers of the world have had a tough road these last 18 months, with orders being cancelled + the outlook uncertain. In the case of SingFai, Tony has had to do his overseeing of the work from HK as heading to China means a 14 day quarantine.
As a result, we get by with many, many WeChat conversations, our very detailed specifications, a regular stream of emails + the brilliance that is Lara, our primary point of contact in the factory as lead 'merchandiser' on the Sans Beast brand.
Check out our film A Makers View for a look behind the scenes at the factory - filmed when we could visit in person. The skill required for each step of constructing a Sans Beast bag - from cutting the fabric, stitching, gluing, embossing to quality checks + packing - is a marvel to see up close.
Our founder Cathryn has been working with Tony since 2006. This long term alliance is what strong partnerships are made of + we're continually grateful to have his team in our corner. The teams' efforts to make things work, when international travel + factory visits are off the table, is a testament to their resilience + dedication.
As always, we are grateful to YOU for being here and supporting this small business, and the makers it supports in turn. You can read more on The Craft of Sans Beast about how our collections are crafted + what it takes to bring a vegan bag range to life.
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