I’m starting to think that all roads lead to the Rochester Brainery Bazaar… I’ve met so many fantastic local artisans there, and Lucinda Synder, the creative force behind Lucends, is no exception.We met back in December at the Brainery’s Holiday Bazaar, the culmination of Yelp‘s #YelpShopsRoc campaign. I was instantly drawn to her handmade cosmetic bags and the upbeat and colorful fabrics that she offered. I knew right away that I had to share her work on Flower City Fashionista. When I began putting this post together, it became so much more that that. I was deeply moved by Lucinda’s story:
“I taught myself how to sew. My son Cooper died when he was 3 weeks old, after open heart surgery, and I needed something to calm the storm raging inside my soul, so I borrowed a sewing machine from a friend. Sewing saved me. It became a way to honor Cooper, keep living and slowly stitch my heart back together.”
This hits home on so many levels. As a mother, I can not imagine the profound heartbreak of losing a child. It is unfathomable, and yet I know many women who have experienced such devastating loss and who have managed to come out on the other side. I am in awe of their strength. I am in awe of these brave women who can face such extreme tragedy and overcome.
Then, well, his name is Cooper. My Cooper turned two on Friday. To say my tears were flowing as I read her story is an understatement.
If you read this blog, you know that I love supporting local, I love supporting American-made, and I love sharing stories and businesses of inspiring women. Lucends is all these things and more. This post quickly became more than a story about beautifully handmade cosmetic bags, clutches and totes. It became a story of hope – hope that we can come back from even the darkest of sorrows, that there can always be healing after the storm. That whether we find solace in our faith, our family, our friends, or from a simple needle and thread, we can heal – one stitch at a time.
Now that you know a little bit about the heart behind the brand, let me share more about the products. Lucends bags come in a variety of styles including cosmetic pouches, laptop cases, and totes. They are available for purchase online, and locally at Scott Miller and Breathe. Lucinda has also debuted her own fabric collection called “Retrospective” that is exclusive to Lucends. Her spring line “Aboretum” will be out soon, but here is a sneak peek of “shade garden” – I think I am in love:
Her fabrics are fun, her quality impeccable, and her styles functional. These bags are a great addition to any wardrobe and one lucky reader will win a set of the valerie bag (Lucends’ best seller and a $60 value) in the fabric of his/her choice.
Ready to enter to win? Click the +1 button for further instructions on each entry. This giveaway will close at midnight on January 26. The winner will be randomly selected, verified for correct entry participation, and notified by email.
Best of luck lovelies,