This week I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down to chat with Rebecca Hughes of Scarlett Vegan Bags and RH photo. What an incredible person. A self confessed serial entrepreneur and creative introvert, Rebecca has an eye for detail and the ability to create websites, online businesses and work the vegan expo circuit like the professional that she is.
She is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, has opened and run a restaurant (which she converted from a trucker’s cafe), been a full time wedding photographer and is now the creative force behind Scarlett Vegan Bags.
Rebecca has been vegan for 4 years and vegetarian from her teenage years. In her words:
“First up – yes I am a vegan, for reasons of compassion. As a teenager I decided that if I don’t need to kill to live I won’t, and I declared myself a vegetarian. This is how it was for around 25 years – I travelled ( a lot) I eventually and reluctantly got housetrained by a very patient Irishman and settled down. With this came a few babies and the dawn of social media. It has alas only been in the last few years that I have sat still long enough to realise that vegetarianism is a start, but not enough. Not once you realise the ‘industry standard’ practices in the diary and egg industries. And so a few years ago I committed to a vegan lifestyle. This is more challenging than simply eliminating meat from your diet as suddenly you are thinking about lifestyle choices and fashion too. And so was born SCARLETT.”
Latest projects: Studying Nutrition and working on a new vegan site called “Live Well Feel Well”
Reading now: “How Not to Die” by Gene Stone and Michael Greger
“With every mistake I learn more about what I don’t want to do.”
Originally from Christchurch, Rebecca came to Melbourne via London and Ireland in 2010. She lives in Melbourne with her two daughters and husband. Check out her beautiful handbags and go ahead and get social with her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! * Photo credit: Michael Blamey Photography