Strey Designs Combines Practical Design with Timeless Style

Leather Goods from Strey Designs. Photos by Sarah Butala.

After stints in painting, photography, woodworking, welding, teaching art, and even puppetry, Sarah Butala has returned to her love of sewing with Strey Designs, a line of handmade leather goods. 

Crafted by hand in Butala’s Bloomington home studio, Strey Designs goods combine practical design with timeless style, such as a messenger bag with a laptop slot and detachable pouch pocket, and a backpack that converts into a shoulder bag. Even the trendier items, such as a black leather fringed bag—which features an adjustable cross-body strap, a rounded bottom that allows for expansion, and a top zipper closure—are designed with functionality in mind. 

Strey’s products are the latest addition to Minnesota’s blossoming leather-maker movement—and best of all, they come with a lifetime guarantee. •