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THE CREATIVE JOURNAL

INSPIRATION: A MATERIAL WORLD
Image of moodboards showing handbags and decorative panels in pastel colours, from the Lineapelle trade fair in Milan

By Cathryn Wills

Take a glimpse into my trip to Europe in September - with a particular focus on the Lineapelle material fair in Milan, Italy.  Material is at the core of our ethos - specifically choosing not to work with animal hides - and sourcing innovative alternatives to leather provides both inspiration and education.  The vegan fashion space has come a long way in the past decade + the future looks even brighter.
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EDUCATION: A MISSIVE ON MATERIALS.
Sans Beast Francisco Pouch in Desserto Pelle Cactus Leather sitting amongst cactus plants.

By Cathryn Wills

Sourcing materials is a major part of creating our vegan handbag collections at Sans Beast.  With our core mission to use no animal products, we take a look at the range of biobased + manmade materials currently available for non leather handbags, and talk you through some of the issues in selecting the right materials.  Cost, minimums, freight + commercial availability are all factors that come into play when we're compiling our wishlist for new collections.  
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TRAVEL DIARY: DESSERTO PELLE IN GUADALAJARA
Desserto Pelle cactus leather plantation with founders Adrian Lopez Velarde and Marte Cazarez with ranch owner Francisco with nopal plants surrounding them in Zacatecas, Mexico

By Cathryn Wills

Cathryn reflects on her visit to Mexico in early 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 crisis escalating in Europe / US / Australia + across the globe.  One of the highlights of the trip was time spent with the founders of Desserto Pelle, the innovative business behind the cactus derived faux 'leather'.  
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INSPIRATION: A MATERIAL WORLD
Image of moodboards showing handbags and decorative panels in pastel colours, from the Lineapelle trade fair in Milan

By Cathryn Wills

Take a glimpse into my trip to Europe in September - with a particular focus on the Lineapelle material fair in Milan, Italy.  Material is at the core of our ethos - specifically choosing not to work with animal hides - and sourcing innovative alternatives to leather provides both inspiration and education.  The vegan fashion space has come a long way in the past decade + the future looks even brighter.
Read more
TRAVEL DIARY: DESSERTO PELLE IN GUADALAJARA
Desserto Pelle cactus leather plantation with founders Adrian Lopez Velarde and Marte Cazarez with ranch owner Francisco with nopal plants surrounding them in Zacatecas, Mexico

By Cathryn Wills

Cathryn reflects on her visit to Mexico in early 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 crisis escalating in Europe / US / Australia + across the globe.  One of the highlights of the trip was time spent with the founders of Desserto Pelle, the innovative business behind the cactus derived faux 'leather'.  
Read more
EDUCATION: A MISSIVE ON MATERIALS.
Sans Beast Francisco Pouch in Desserto Pelle Cactus Leather sitting amongst cactus plants.

By Cathryn Wills

Sourcing materials is a major part of creating our vegan handbag collections at Sans Beast.  With our core mission to use no animal products, we take a look at the range of biobased + manmade materials currently available for non leather handbags, and talk you through some of the issues in selecting the right materials.  Cost, minimums, freight + commercial availability are all factors that come into play when we're compiling our wishlist for new collections.  
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