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.
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.
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.
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.
We spoke with Victoria Fox, the inspiring founder of Melbourne CBD urban beauty wonderland (aka day spa with a difference) Miss Fox about all things business, the need for evolution when priorities change + the importance of self care in the business building + life journey. If you've not visited this special place, we encourage you to indulge + take some time out of that busy schedule to slow down + get pampered.
As we settle into the new working year, we're focusing on continuing to bring style to vegan handbags - never forgetting they need to be functional yet fabulous. We've put together a Back to Business Edit for the professionals, the students, the entrepreneurs + super organised humans in our community. Think pockets, storage, versatility + the all important ‘can it take me from the boardroom to after work drinks’ factor. Get busy, we've got you covered for cruelty free style.
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.
'When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.' As we write this, 15,600,000 acres, 1665+ homes, 27 people (including three firefighters), and 500,000,000 wildlife animals (excluding insects, frogs + farmed animals, the latter being at a current count of 100,000) have been lost. We can all do something to help + we must come together at this time as a nation, to support those in need.
Welcoming in a new year often brings with it plans for lofty resolutions. However, instead of feeling like a failure in week one of January with broken promises to self - we think it's best to be gentle on yourself + make an easy (and do-able) list of farewells / hellos for the year ahead. The Sans Beast team have put together a shortlist of things we're leaving behind in 2019 + things we're going to manifest. Read on for a dose of inspiration for making 2020 a year of illuminated action.
"As we approach the end of 2019, not only are we getting ready to bid farewell to another year, it's time also to ponder the fact that it's not just a new year that's about to start - it's a new decade. 5 years ago, Sans Beast wasn't even a thought in my mind. Fast-forwarding to the dawn of the 2020's - and I couldn't imagine being in a different place. Love, CW."