Store sells Thai­land-made lux­ury bags

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY -

Shop­ping for Zink lux­ury hand­bags, known for their worldly so­phis­ti­ca­tion, just be­came eas­ier with the open­ing of its first re­tail store at Jef­fer­son Square on West 38th Street.

Zink’s Austin-based founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor Ben Freed­land spent years work­ing in the New York fash­ion whole­sale in­dus­try and found in­spi­ra­tion for Zink hand­bags af­ter a trip to Thai­land.

“I am so happy to fi­nally be get­ting Zink a home in Austin!” Freed­land said in an email.

Zink bags in­cor­po­rate fab­rics Freed­land gets from North­ern Thai­land.

The Zink store­front also will carry fair-trade, hand­made Thai tribal items pro­duced by mem­bers of the Hmong tribe as well as the Lisu among oth­ers.

Some of the items in­clude needle­point and silk jew­elry boxes, batik note­books with mul­berry pa­per, hand-em­broi­dered hand­bags, jew­elry made of needle­point and silk, men’s wal­lets, cos­metic pouches made of vel­vet and silk, and pil­low cov­ers. Prices range from $10 to $45.

Most Zink hand­bags range from $475 to $525.

Shop­pers also can pre­order Zink’s Made in the USA bag, which will be avail­able in Fe­bru­ary.

Though Thai­land orig­i­nally in­spired the col­lec­tions, hav­ing a bag made in Amer­ica was im­por­tant to Freed­land. The bag, which is made in In­di­ana, re­tails for $1,295.

Find the store at 1601 W. 38th St., Suite 11, or on­line at zink­

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