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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.
Read more
INSPIRATION: SERIES 09 - GROUNDED
Dechen wears a brown toned suit, and holds two brown toned Sans Beast vegan handbags.

By Jennifer Wills

Our new collection Series 09: Grounded is here, showcasing our signature styles in new season shades, plus a sprinkling of exciting new shapes to bring cruelty free joy + function to your life.  See what's new at Sans Beast.
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
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: 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
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
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: IT'S TIME TO BLOOM.
A woman wearing a light blue cutout dress and two lilac handbags reaching up to a bright blue sky.  She is surrounded by pink magnolia flowers.

By JENNIFER WILLS

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.
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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.
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: VICTORIA FOX, FOUNDER OF MISS FOX.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - featuring Victoria Fox

By Cathryn Wills

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.  
Read more
IN CONVERSATION: PURPOSE + PASSION PART 2.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - The Purpose and the Passion Part 2

By Cathryn Wills

Continuing the conversation with some fabulous founders building businesses in the 'animal product free' space - why they do what they do, what the market response has been + how they keep things firing when times are tough.  Read about the founders of Twoobs, No Saints + Ahimsa Collective - a bunch of inspiring women doing things their way.
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
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: SERIES 09 - GROUNDED
Dechen wears a brown toned suit, and holds two brown toned Sans Beast vegan handbags.

By Jennifer Wills

Our new collection Series 09: Grounded is here, showcasing our signature styles in new season shades, plus a sprinkling of exciting new shapes to bring cruelty free joy + function to your life.  See what's new at Sans Beast.
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
INSPIRATION: IT'S TIME TO BLOOM.
A woman wearing a light blue cutout dress and two lilac handbags reaching up to a bright blue sky.  She is surrounded by pink magnolia flowers.

By JENNIFER WILLS

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.
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
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: VICTORIA FOX, FOUNDER OF MISS FOX.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - featuring Victoria Fox

By Cathryn Wills

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.  
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 + PASSION PART 2.
Sans Beast Creature Blog - The Purpose and the Passion Part 2

By Cathryn Wills

Continuing the conversation with some fabulous founders building businesses in the 'animal product free' space - why they do what they do, what the market response has been + how they keep things firing when times are tough.  Read about the founders of Twoobs, No Saints + Ahimsa Collective - a bunch of inspiring women doing things their way.
Read more