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OUR STORY.

Sans Beast was established by Cathryn Wills in 2017.  After working in Australian fashion retail for nearly 30 years, with over a decade of that chapter spent living and breathing the world of leather handbags, Wills progressively recognised a disconnect between her professional role and her ethical stance on animal welfare and the environment.  After a chapter of research + development, Sans Beast officially launched in March 2018. 

"WE BELIEVE THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE CHOICE IN THE QUALITY FASHION SPACE - AN ALTERNATIVE TO PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM ANIMALS. DESIGNED WITH CREDIBILITY + MANUFACTURED WITH QUALITY.  COLLECTABLE, FUNCTIONAL, AFFORDABLE AND DESIGNED WITH LOVE."

The brand came to life on the runways of VAMFF in March 2018, and have fast established a loyal following of style seeking, animal loving aficionados.  Sans Beast donates $1 from every purchase to the animal rescue sanctuary Edgars Mission along with proceeds from a specially designed gifting collection.  We encourage anyone visiting Victoria, Australia, to visit Edgars Mission - meet the team + the animal residents.  We believe minds can be opened - and changed - upon a visit to this magical place.  

Did you know there are 70 billion animals slaughtered yearly for our food and/or fashion consumption?  There is a commonly held view that leather is a by-product of the food industry.  In fact, it is considered a profitable co-product.  In addition, many animals are raised purely for their hides.  And for those raised for food + fashion materials, their lives are often filled with pain, suffering, fear + loss.  We know this information does not resonate with everyone - there is a disconnect between the animals we cuddle + the animals we eat + wear.  At Sans Beast however, we make collections for those who do care about the animals.  We created the brand with the sole purpose of delivering pieces that had beauty - without the beast. 

"THE BRAND WAS CREATED WITH THE PURPOSE OF DELIVERING PIECES THAT HAD BEAUTY - WITHOUT THE BEAST."

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For those on a path to discover more, here are some resources we encourage you to watch, read, dive into.

Watch

Dominion the documentary
Earthlings the documentary
Forks Over Knives the documentary 
What The Health the documentary 
Gamechangers the documentary

Read

Peter Singer's Animal Liberation
Jonathan Safran Foers' Eating Animals
Farmageddon, The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery + Isabel Oakeshott

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