Interview with Sara Barner, maker of our Limited Edition Knitter's Backpack in Leather
Sara Barner, a Portland bag maker of whom I am a longtime fan of, agreed to collaborate on a leather version of our Knitter's Backpack and I could not be more thrilled!!!
I asked Sara a bit about her process and inspiration. Read on to learn more!
RD: How did you get into working with leather and creating your beautiful line of handbags?
SB: During my last year of college, I took a part time job in a little shop in the east village that made and sold leather bags, sandals, belts, etc. I had never worked with leather before and ended up staying on and working there for four years learning the craft as well as how that craft could be turned into a small business. That was 20 years ago. I left that job planning to return to my jewelry practice, which I did. I started a small line of jewelry that I sold to a couple of stores and then I started designing and making some leather bags out of my apartment. I officially started my bag line in 2008 after moving to Portland.
RD: What inspires you/ keeps you inspired?
SB: I just really love handmade things, the design, the construction, the story. I also love making things and learning new processes. I can be pretty obsessive which isn't the same as inspired but I suppose that also keeps me going !
RD: What’s your sign?
RD: What are your hobbies outside of making bags?
SB: Gardening, cooking, reading, going on walks
Salty or sweet? salty!