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THE CREATIVE JOURNAL

REFLECTIONS ON SANS BEAST: 5 YEARS IN
The seven members of the Sans Beast team all wearing black + smiling at the camera

By Jennifer Wills

Our founder Cathryn reflects on 5 years of Sans Beast.   Never one to shy away from open + transparent language, Cathryn discusses the highs + lows of building our wonderful brand.
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IN CONVERSATION: MARTHA BUTLER OF LOVING EARTH CHOCOLATE
Loving Earth vegan chocolate

By Jennifer Wills

We recently chatted to Martha Butler, co-founder of Loving Earth - the Melbourne based chocolate makers with an unswerving focus on ethical sourcing + organic, vegan ingredients.  Even their chocolate wrappers are home compostable. Read on to learn more about this beautiful vegan brand that works to deliver joy in all they do.
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INSPIRATION: 2020 - SANS BEAST CAPTAIN'S LOG.
A group of purple toned Sans Beast vegan bags sit on shelving in a factory

By Jennifer Wills

An overview of 2020 + the lessons learnt for Sans Beast, from the perspective of our founder Cathryn.  It's been one hell of a ride + we feel we've come out the other side wiser, braver + more resilient - ready for all 2021 has to throw at us.  One key lesson out of all of this has been to reaffirm our mission + recommit to the business of Sans Beast.  We can't wait to show you what we have in store for the year ahead + hope you'll continue on this journey with us.
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IN CONVERSATION: AMANDA LEIGH WALKER
Amanda Leigh Walker from Lord of the Fries

By Jennifer Wills

Amanda Leigh Walker is the Co-founder + Head of Operations of vegan fast food institution, Lord of the Fries. She's also a life coach + teaches people how to recalibrate their power, lead with love, live authentically + with purpose. We caught up to discuss her journey from french fry mogul to spiritual healer.  We could all do with some healing right now - we hope you enjoy this conversation.  And for those who haven't tried the fries - we strongly encourage you to do so.  Everyone needs a salty potato treat to cheer up an iso day.
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NEWS: FAREWELL TO THE TWENTY TEENS.
Sans Beast Team Christmas 2019

By Cathryn Wills

"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."
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INSPIRATION: CONFESSIONS OF A (FORMERLY MISGUIDED) ANIMAL LOVER.
A black + white image of two cows, snuggling each other

By Jennifer Wills

An open letter to animals, from our Sans Beast founder Cathryn Wills.  She highlights the contradictions that exist in our attitudes to various species + includes lists of books + films to read/watch if you want to learn more.
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INSPIRATION: CW'S SIGN OFF FOR 2021
Cathryn Wills stands against a green wall + smiles at the camera

By Jennifer Wills

Another year of running a small, purpose led, vegan friendly business has brought learnings, challenges, wins + losses.  So much has happened this year + as someone who likes to reflect + improve, I've written this post to share a few of the moments of clarity that struck this year.  Always grateful for what we've built + for the wise, creative + talented folk we work with - and for you, the community growing with us day by day.
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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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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.
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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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TRAVEL DIARY: A VISIT TO SHANGHAI WITH ACTASIA.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - Cathryn Wills attends ActAsia

By Cathryn Wills

Last week Cathryn went to Shanghai, on the invitation of ActAsia, to participate in the Compassion in Fashion forum.  ActAsia are a not for profit organisation who build + drive education programmes in China, with a focus on animal welfare + environmental responsibility.  Read the overview of her talk, and some of the cross cultural challenges in discussing the Sans Beast ethos with new audiences. 
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: PURPOSE + THE PASSION, PART I.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - The Purpose and the Passion Part 1

By Cathryn Wills

Creating a business with an ethical ethos is no easy task.  We spoke with Amanda Walker, Co-Founder + Head of Operations at vegan fast food chain, Lord of the Fries, Anna Ross, Founder + Creative Director of ethical beauty brand Kester Black, and Gilat Shani, Designer + Co-Owner, Unreal Fur - about building a business with purpose, what collaboration looks like + how they remain focused + optimistic when challenges arise. This is Part 1 + next week for Part II, we'll talk with the fabulous founders of Ahimsa Collective, TWOOBS + No Saints shoes.
Read more
REFLECTIONS ON SANS BEAST: 5 YEARS IN
The seven members of the Sans Beast team all wearing black + smiling at the camera

By Jennifer Wills

Our founder Cathryn reflects on 5 years of Sans Beast.   Never one to shy away from open + transparent language, Cathryn discusses the highs + lows of building our wonderful brand.
Read more
INSPIRATION: CW'S SIGN OFF FOR 2021
Cathryn Wills stands against a green wall + smiles at the camera

By Jennifer Wills

Another year of running a small, purpose led, vegan friendly business has brought learnings, challenges, wins + losses.  So much has happened this year + as someone who likes to reflect + improve, I've written this post to share a few of the moments of clarity that struck this year.  Always grateful for what we've built + for the wise, creative + talented folk we work with - and for you, the community growing with us day by day.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: MARTHA BUTLER OF LOVING EARTH CHOCOLATE
Loving Earth vegan chocolate

By Jennifer Wills

We recently chatted to Martha Butler, co-founder of Loving Earth - the Melbourne based chocolate makers with an unswerving focus on ethical sourcing + organic, vegan ingredients.  Even their chocolate wrappers are home compostable. Read on to learn more about this beautiful vegan brand that works to deliver joy in all they do.
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.  
Read more
INSPIRATION: 2020 - SANS BEAST CAPTAIN'S LOG.
A group of purple toned Sans Beast vegan bags sit on shelving in a factory

By Jennifer Wills

An overview of 2020 + the lessons learnt for Sans Beast, from the perspective of our founder Cathryn.  It's been one hell of a ride + we feel we've come out the other side wiser, braver + more resilient - ready for all 2021 has to throw at us.  One key lesson out of all of this has been to reaffirm our mission + recommit to the business of Sans Beast.  We can't wait to show you what we have in store for the year ahead + hope you'll continue on this journey with us.
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
IN CONVERSATION: AMANDA LEIGH WALKER
Amanda Leigh Walker from Lord of the Fries

By Jennifer Wills

Amanda Leigh Walker is the Co-founder + Head of Operations of vegan fast food institution, Lord of the Fries. She's also a life coach + teaches people how to recalibrate their power, lead with love, live authentically + with purpose. We caught up to discuss her journey from french fry mogul to spiritual healer.  We could all do with some healing right now - we hope you enjoy this conversation.  And for those who haven't tried the fries - we strongly encourage you to do so.  Everyone needs a salty potato treat to cheer up an iso day.
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
NEWS: FAREWELL TO THE TWENTY TEENS.
Sans Beast Team Christmas 2019

By Cathryn Wills

"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."
1 comment
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TRAVEL DIARY: A VISIT TO SHANGHAI WITH ACTASIA.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - Cathryn Wills attends ActAsia

By Cathryn Wills

Last week Cathryn went to Shanghai, on the invitation of ActAsia, to participate in the Compassion in Fashion forum.  ActAsia are a not for profit organisation who build + drive education programmes in China, with a focus on animal welfare + environmental responsibility.  Read the overview of her talk, and some of the cross cultural challenges in discussing the Sans Beast ethos with new audiences. 
Read more
INSPIRATION: CONFESSIONS OF A (FORMERLY MISGUIDED) ANIMAL LOVER.
A black + white image of two cows, snuggling each other

By Jennifer Wills

An open letter to animals, from our Sans Beast founder Cathryn Wills.  She highlights the contradictions that exist in our attitudes to various species + includes lists of books + films to read/watch if you want to learn more.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: PURPOSE + THE PASSION, PART I.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - The Purpose and the Passion Part 1

By Cathryn Wills

Creating a business with an ethical ethos is no easy task.  We spoke with Amanda Walker, Co-Founder + Head of Operations at vegan fast food chain, Lord of the Fries, Anna Ross, Founder + Creative Director of ethical beauty brand Kester Black, and Gilat Shani, Designer + Co-Owner, Unreal Fur - about building a business with purpose, what collaboration looks like + how they remain focused + optimistic when challenges arise. This is Part 1 + next week for Part II, we'll talk with the fabulous founders of Ahimsa Collective, TWOOBS + No Saints shoes.
Read more