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THE CREATURE BLOG

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 how to wear + style it.  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 2021, 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.

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.

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