Cinda B is a new and quickly developing bag brand that is moving to the top of everyone’s hot list.
If you like functional bags with chic, modern prints, Cinda B purses are a must-have. Whether you are simply taking a trip to the library or going out on a fancy dinner date, Cinda B has a bag for the occasion.
Cinda B first entered the marketplace in 2004. Founder and namesake, Cinda Boomershine began the business out of pure need for a functional handbag, a struggle every woman can relate to.
“I started Cinda B because I was looking for a weekend travel bag that was beautiful in design, useful and affordable,” Boomershine said.
“I couldn’t find anything that fit that description and I have a master’s in business and a background in design, so I thought maybe I could do this myself.”
Cinda designed her first bag, “The Weekender,” and hit the market with only four patterns and seven bag styles. Nine years later, Cinda B has 11 patterns for 50 different styles and counting. Currently, the brand is preparing two new prints for the spring 2014 collection, set to hit select stores in early November.
One of the few stores that sells Cinda B products, and will soon be carrying the new prints, is Uptown Gifts and Accessories in Uptown Normal. The shop began selling the bags last March and were an instant success. Lisa Hoffbauer, a sales associate at Uptown Gifts, loves the brand and thinks that the bags are perfect for college students.
“It’s for the customer who likes lightweight bags that are washable, fade resistant and stain resistant,” Hoffbauer said.
“The ladies are loving these bags, because they are so lightweight and the prints aren’t too crazy. They’re well-made bags and the price point is good.”
“Neptune,” one of the new prints, is nautical inspired and adorned in the colors of the ocean. The other, “French Linen,” has a more neutral color scheme, and has a simple and clean design.
These prints, along with almost a dozen others, can be found on any sort of bag imaginable, most of which can be purchased at Uptown Gifts and Accessories.
There are clear travel pouches for flying, flat iron cases, hanging garment bags, golf club covers and yoga mat bags, as well as your everyday duffel bag, cross-body, back pack, and clutch.
Each month Cinda highlights a specific bag, making that style 15% off in any print. The essential tote, a classic carry-all style perfect for notebooks and folders, is the discounted bag for October. Normally $44.25, this month only you can get it for $37.61. And if you buy at Uptown Gifts, any Cinda B purchase over $50 gets a free makeup bag.
Aside from being sophisticated, lightweight and functional, Cinda B bags provide guilt-free shopping, something we shopaholics are always looking for. One of the most essential aspects of the brand’s identity is where they manufacture their products. Every bag with the Cinda B label is made right here in the United States.
Most successful companies have chosen to move their production to factories overseas, sometimes providing despicable working conditions and inhumanely low wages for employees, but Boomershine refuses to be coerced.
“We are really proud that we are made in America. It’s something I think is so important, because it helps create jobs. It’s really important for our economy and it’s good to pay attention to that sort of thing when you’re shopping,” Boomershine said.
Whether you’re shopping for a cause or spending for the style, Cinda B is the brand to buy.
Uptown Gifts and Accessories is located at 114 W. North St. in Uptown Normal. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.