Minnesota-based designer Sarah Butala will hold an official launch party for Strey Designs at D.NOLO in Minneapolis on Thursday, May 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. The launch party is free and open to the public. Ms. Butala will present her newest line of handcrafted leather bags and purses, and she will be joined by friends, family, current clients, and prospective customers to celebrate the culmination of years of work and planning. There will be music, drinks, and an opportunity to experience firsthand the leather products of Strey Designs. Additionally, Strey Designs’ products will be featured in a trunk show at D.NOLO that begins at 11 a.m. and leads up to the beginning of the launch party at 5 p.m.
Strey Designs is a company that specializes in leather bags and accessories that are both fashion-forward and intended for everyday use. Their stated mission is to create functional works of art that cater to the customer’s needs and to balance elegance with durability in each of their handcrafted leather products. Strey Designs has been featured in Minnesota Monthly, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, and l’toile magazine as well as on Fox 9. They have also participated in numerous runway events and trunk shows. Strey Designs states that they work with quality materials that are responsibly sourced, and they are committed to using materials manufactured in the USA whenever possible. Strey Designs hopes to bring a line of products to the marketplace that combine quality, integrity, and affordability. For more information about Strey Designs visit www.streydesigns.com.
Designer Sarah Butala is the owner and operator at Strey Designs. She is a local artist and entrepreneur who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She says that her career in art has been a long and multifaceted journey. While Ms. Butala is now focused on leatherwork, she has drawn inspiration from her past training in painting, drawing, woodworking, textiles and sculpture. She has worked as a puppeteer, art teacher, muralist and set designer before embarking on her new passion in fashion and leatherwork. She lives with her husband and daughter and their several pets in Bloomington, Minnesota near the majestic woods along the Minnesota River.
The Strey Designs launch party will be held at D.NOLO. D.NOLO is an upscale boutique cooperative currently housing eight retailers: Area, Bluebird Boutique, Bumbershute, Ciel Loft & Home, Invision, Kindred, Rosegold, and Witt + Bliss. D.NOLO is located in the new Northloop Shopping area at 219 2nd Street in Minneapolis. They offer complimentary valet parking in the Monte Carlo lot on 3rd Avenue N. For more information about D.NOLO visit www.dnolo.com.