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THE CREATIVE JOURNAL

EDUCATION: WHAT IS 'VEGAN LEATHER'?
Various Reader Satchels hang along a green wall in the Sans Beast studio.

By Jennifer Wills

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.
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IN CONVERSATION: NICK PEARCE, HoMie
The interior of the Homie store.

By JENNIFER WILLS

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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: JOSHUA KATCHER, BRAVE GENTLEMAN.
Sans Beast Blog: In Conversation with Joshua Katcher

By Cathryn Wills

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.
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IN CONVERSATION: ALISHA RICH. WATERCOLOUR ARTIST.
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring Alisha Rich, artist

By Cathryn Wills

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.
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TRAVEL DIARY: COPENHAGEN FASHION SUMMIT 2019.
Sans Beast at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: LISA KING, ARTIST
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring Lisa King, artist

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
INSPIRATION: SERIES 10 - MEMENTO
IMAGE OF COCO STANDING IN A GARDEN WEARING A YELLOW SATIN SUIT + CARRYING TWO SANS BEAST DUMPLING BAGS

By Cathryn Wills

Series 10: Memento, is nearly here.  What is about the notion of memento mori that resonated, who are our creative collaborators + where is that stunning garden? All of these questions + more covered in this brief missive about our 10th collection in this Sans Beast journey.
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CARE: HOW TO CLEAN 'VEGAN LEATHER'.
Luna the cat looks at a cluster of various Sans Beast vegan bags sitting in a white bathtub.

By Jennifer Wills

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.
Read more
INSPIRATION: SERIES 5 SHOOT, THE ILLUMINATED FIFTH.
Sans Beast Series 5: The Illuminated Fifth

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: LAURA CALLAN, THE BRIGHT STORE LONDON.
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring The Bright Store

By Cathryn Wills

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.
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NEWS: ETHICS, VALUE + THE SANS BEAST APPROACH.
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring Cathryn Wills + Rosie the dog

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
INSPIRATION: 2 YEARS SINCE (SANS BEAST) WAS BORN.
Sans Beast Studio, Kensington Victoria Australia

By Cathryn Wills

Happy 1st Birthday to us!  A reflection on the year that was, as Sans Beast turns one.  Read about our highs + lows - and ultimately, our happiness + gratitude, in arriving at our first birthday in one piece, ready to embrace what's next.
Read more
EDUCATION: WHAT IS 'VEGAN LEATHER'?
Various Reader Satchels hang along a green wall in the Sans Beast studio.

By Jennifer Wills

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.
Read more
INSPIRATION: SERIES 10 - MEMENTO
IMAGE OF COCO STANDING IN A GARDEN WEARING A YELLOW SATIN SUIT + CARRYING TWO SANS BEAST DUMPLING BAGS

By Cathryn Wills

Series 10: Memento, is nearly here.  What is about the notion of memento mori that resonated, who are our creative collaborators + where is that stunning garden? All of these questions + more covered in this brief missive about our 10th collection in this Sans Beast journey.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: NICK PEARCE, HoMie
The interior of the Homie store.

By JENNIFER WILLS

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.
Read more
CARE: HOW TO CLEAN 'VEGAN LEATHER'.
Luna the cat looks at a cluster of various Sans Beast vegan bags sitting in a white bathtub.

By Jennifer Wills

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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: JOSHUA KATCHER, BRAVE GENTLEMAN.
Sans Beast Blog: In Conversation with Joshua Katcher

By Cathryn Wills

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 more
INSPIRATION: SERIES 5 SHOOT, THE ILLUMINATED FIFTH.
Sans Beast Series 5: The Illuminated Fifth

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: ALISHA RICH. WATERCOLOUR ARTIST.
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring Alisha Rich, artist

By Cathryn Wills

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.
1 comment
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: LAURA CALLAN, THE BRIGHT STORE LONDON.
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring The Bright Store

By Cathryn Wills

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.
1 comment
Read more
TRAVEL DIARY: COPENHAGEN FASHION SUMMIT 2019.
Sans Beast at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
NEWS: ETHICS, VALUE + THE SANS BEAST APPROACH.
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring Cathryn Wills + Rosie the dog

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: LISA KING, ARTIST
Sans Beast Creature Blog featuring Lisa King, artist

By Cathryn Wills

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.
Read more
INSPIRATION: 2 YEARS SINCE (SANS BEAST) WAS BORN.
Sans Beast Studio, Kensington Victoria Australia

By Cathryn Wills

Happy 1st Birthday to us!  A reflection on the year that was, as Sans Beast turns one.  Read about our highs + lows - and ultimately, our happiness + gratitude, in arriving at our first birthday in one piece, ready to embrace what's next.
Read more