cinda b

I can’t remember where it was I first learned about cinda b, the Fort Wayne, Ind. maker of quilted women’s bags. But I’m certainly glad I did, for few companies have such a passionate commitment to American manufacturing.

Cinda b is the brainchild of Cinda Boomershine. An interior decorator by trade–Ms. Boomershine was a designer for the TBS television show “Movie and a Makeover”–she had a eureka moment when she couldn’t find a travel bag that suited her needs. Sensing that other women must be facing the same problem, cinda b was born.

Originally, cinda b bags were produced in California, but a few years ago, manufacturing was relocated to Fort Wayne. As a result, the company was able to capitalize on factories that had popped up as Vera Bradley expanded, only to be left in the lurch when that enterprise exiled most of its production overseas.

According to an article in the March 2014 issue of Inc. magazine, “cinda b reduces costly mistakes, back orders, and overstock by locating its factory under the same roof as its offices.” That’s an important insight, suggesting that domestic production need not be an impediment to a company’s fiscal solvency.

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Brooks Brothers Ascot

In the early part of the 20th century, the advent of sport shirts begat the issue of how to dress the open neck. The ascot (or day cravat) was a stylish solution.

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No less an authority on men’s sartorial matters than Alan Flusser extolls the ascot’s virtue in the dressed down neckline.

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The well-dressed open neck

About seven or eight years ago, I purchased an American made ascot from Brooks Brothers, a navy silk with a brown neat pattern. It’s seen occasional use since, most often in winter with a shawl collar sweater.

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While much of what Brooks Brothers sells is now produced in such locales as Malaysia, China and Thailand, neckwear remains one of the few bright spots. Still manufactured in Long Island, New York by union workers, Brooks Brothers’ neckwear should serve as a potent reminder that companies can have their products made in this country by workers earning a decent, living wage.

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