Strey Designs owner Sarah Butala has done it all. Everything from being an art teacher to set designer, puppeteer, muralist, and photographer has led her to where she is now in leatherwork and fashion.
Sarah has been working with leather for about 6 years, and after providing freelance work in every facet you could think of she decided she should specialize in just one area. That’s when she transitioned into working full-time with Strey Designs.
“Leather has a truly unique quality and way of making ordinary things extraordinary,” Sarah said.
Made with intention and more than just material goods, these products are made with care. Find leather and cork bags, purses, pouches, wallets, bracelets, earrings, tool rolls, trays and more this Nov. 25-27 at Holidazzle.
This year’s full calendar run is Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 23. It is open Thursdays from 5-9 pm, Fridays from 5-10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am-10 pm and Sundays from 11 am-7 pm.
Sarah said she is incredibly excited to be a part of Holidazzle this year.
“I love the feeling of community and how strangers can come together and enjoy an amazing event,” she said.
Sarah’s passion for leather came while studying art at the University of Minnesota. One day she found a few leftover pieces of red leather in the art department. She randomly started to stitch them together with pale pink yarn and ended up creating her very first oddly shaped pouch.
“My hands were terribly sore from fighting with the leather, but I was in love with the process,” she said. “Since then, my hands have gotten a lot stronger.”
To this day, Sarah still produces everything herself from the design process to manufacture. She is also the company’s web designer, photographer, display maker and salesman. She is simply a one-man show.
After people meet her and see her products at Holidazzle, Sarah hopes they leave knowing there are individuals, right here in Minnesota, who work with their own two hands and ingenuity to produce creations from their very own imaginations.
Sarah is definitely one of them. Don’t miss out on your chance to get these beautiful locally hand-crafted leather goods combining elegance and durability.