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MEET THE DESIGNER: SARA BARNER

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A New Yorker of eleven years, Sara Barner studied jewelry design at Parsons before a summer at a craft school in North Carolina had her dreaming of greener pastures. So she traded in concrete and subway trips for sustainable farming and bicycles and made the move to Portland, Oregon, where, in 2007, she got to work on a line of geometric and eye-catching leather bags. Though her schooling was in jewelry, Sara worked in a leather shop throughout college, so she had a real understanding of the material—and a strong sense of what she wanted to do with it. “Design-wise, I like things that are timeless, classic, and well-made—letting the material speak for itself, I suppose,” Sara explains. With a keen eye for shapes and proportions, Sara keeps her bags and pouches uncluttered, with minimal hardware, but more metal could come into the mix down the road: Handcrafting each bag from her workshop, a former Ford plant, takes upwards of three hours now, but she plans to add jewelry to her mix when the time is right. —<em>koun bae</em> <a href="http://sarabarner.com/">sarabarner.com</a> READ MORE


A New Yorker of eleven years, Sara Barner studied jewelry design at Parsons before a summer at a craft school in North Carolina had her dreaming of greener pastures. So she traded in concrete and subway trips for sustainable farming and bicycles and made the move to Portland, Oregon, where, in 2007, she got to work on a line of geometric and eye-catching leather bags. Though her schooling was in jewelry, Sara worked in a leather shop throughout college, so she had a real understanding of the material—and a strong sense of what she wanted to do with it. “Design-wise, I like things that are timeless, classic, and well-made—letting the material speak for itself, I suppose,” Sara explains. With a keen eye for shapes and proportions, Sara keeps her bags and pouches uncluttered, with minimal hardware, but more metal could come into the mix down the road: Handcrafting each bag from her workshop, a former Ford plant, takes upwards of three hours now, but she plans to add jewelry to her mix when the time is right. —koun bae

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Got It Made Sara Barner Crafts a Bag

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Inside Job Check Out Sara Barner’s Multipurpose Workspace in Portland

Ford used to make cars there. Cool, right?

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