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THE CREATURE BLOG

Have you wondered how a Sans Beast vegan bag is made?  This is our ode to the makers, the manufacturing team that sew + stitch our bags and bring our collections to life.
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.
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.

How do you clean your vegan leather bags + wallets? Designing + manufacturing products to a high standard is our starting point but the other part of the puzzle is how they are cared for. How we use, clean + care for handbags has a considerable impact on how long they last.  We’ve put together some simple information to ensure everyone can care for their prized Sans Beast treasures, and help them last for years to come. Read on for some tips + tricks to keep your beasts looking their best.

Joshua Katcher is the founder of Brave GentleMan, a NYC based menswear brand offering tailoring with an edge - that also happens to be completely animal free in raw material use.  Joshua has been a passionate advocate for animals for over 20 years, and a pioneer in the vegan fashion space for 12 years.  He's also written a book called Fashion Animals, and has co-founded a plant based cheese business called Rind Cheese - this is one busy gentleman.  Enjoy the read.
Read about our inspiration, our collaborators + why we felt so strongly about getting illuminated, for our Series 05 photographic campaign.  In a time of unrest in the world, let us stand up + do better by each other, the animals + the environment.  Let us prove we are worthy of being stardust.
The fashion industry is going through much change + challenge - from sustainability to ethics, to the question of consumption; how is a designer to feel about all of this, after studying for years to join the much admired world of fashion?  Emily Cameron, graduated from RMIT 3 years ago, then headed to London to join the industry in a large retail business.  We're thrilled to now have Emily in our team, and asked her to share some thoughts on how she sees the industry today + what inspires her to continue creating within it.
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.
More stories from CW's travels.  In this post, we've included excerpts from an interview with the wonderful Laura Callan of The Bright Store in London + a few go-to vegan spots for eats in London, Paris + Amsterdam.
CW has been in London + Europe for a few weeks, talking with inspiring people, getting the mood of retail + street style, seeking out plant based options along the road to share with the SB community back here in Melbourne + attending the Copenhagen Fashion Summit.  Read her take on the Summit here.

Cathryn shares what goes into a Sans Beast bag, what value means to her – and ultimately, why creating pieces without animal products is important to the Sans Beast brand.  Ethics + sustainability often get used in an interchangeable manner - yet, they're different.  The ethics of mass raising + slaughtering animals is questionable at best.  Read on to learn what value + ethics mean to the Sans Beast founder.

We spoke with the incredible artist Lisa King, about her large scale artworks, the gallery space she co-founded, speaking up + out on animal welfare, and the enduring beauty of the Renaissance.  In addition to being an inspiring artist - Lisa is also passionate about animal rights, and is not afraid to use her voice for the voiceless.
THE CREATURE BLOG - Sans Beast Blog