Spring’s New Colorful It-Bag

April 18, 2013 | By | Comments (331)
Zink bags

Photo by Hector Sanchez

We’re always looking for a classic bag that keeps your best interest in mind. You know the one: It’s sturdy and reliable without being sensibly boring, eye-catching without being so flashy that it clashes with your wardrobe, and it begets plenty of compliments whether you are wearing it for the first time or the hundredth.

Enter ZINK handbags. Based out of Austin, Texas, these little darlings are designed by Ben Freedland, who cut his chops working for such fashion giants as Berdorf Goodman, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, and Burberry. After working in New York and traveling the world, Ben settled in Austin and opened his first storefront in Jefferson Square last year.

The bags are designed to become lifers in your wardrobe with styles suited to every aspect of your life—from structured, boardroom-friendly styles to oversize weekend totes and croc-skin clutches for girls’ night. The designer uses hand-dyed Italian canvas colored using vegetable dyes, full-grain leathers, solid brass and sterling chrome hardware, and fabrics derived from family-run mills and socially conscious co-ops in Asia to create accessories you can feel good about flaunting. “Every handbag is done almost entirely by hand,” he says. “I’m not trying to make the hottest bag, but rather something special you hold close to your heart.”

The bags range from around $200 to $600 (pretty good for luxury bags!), and to help kick off your spring in style, ZINK is offering Southern Living a special deal. Use code SL20 at checkout now through May 1 to get 20% off full-price bags (except the Exotic Skin line) and SL10 for 10% off sale and Exotic Skin items.

What’s more, we are giving away one of ZINK’s Medium Steamship bag in purple.

Tell us how you would wear this fabulous bag (pictured below) in the comments to enter to win it! 

The contest begins today and ends April 26. Official rules here

Steamship purple ZINK

Photo courtesy ZINK


  1. Lauren Weintraub

    Color blocking – lighter hues of purple would look great with the darker shade in purse. Searsucker would also be great!

    April 30, 2013 at 11:30 am
  2. Stephanie Granada

    Congratulations to Nancy E., the winner of our Zink handbag giveaway!

    April 26, 2013 at 9:54 am
  3. Becki Thomas

    I would carry this while in my BIKINI on the BEACH..DRINKING a exotic cocktail! 😉 also with a large brimmed hat to shade my frosty cocktail and fabulous bag!

    April 26, 2013 at 8:59 am
  4. Jillian Newman

    I would wear it with a simple linen dress and a bright, gorgeous Indian scarf. And red heels!

    April 26, 2013 at 5:14 am
  5. Carolyn Spires

    The bag is purple perfection. I would carry it with panache!

    April 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  6. Nancy E

    I would use it every single day and then I would put it on my nightstand so I could look at it some more.

    April 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  7. Nancy Crockett

    This bag would look fantastic with 95% of what I own, and I could carry it absolutely everywhere. I think my favorite pairing would be with a coral and white striped slinky tee I just love – the stripes are of graduated, uneven widths and very softly defined edges – and a long gauzy, ombré coral scarf with purple trim at the edges. Absolutely fabulous!!

    April 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm
  8. Chelsea J

    This bag would be worn with EVERYTHING! To work and to play – it’s such a fun, but serious color – LOVE IT!

    April 24, 2013 at 10:17 am
  9. Mandy J

    I wear this bag for an upcoming job interview. One look at the bag and I’m sure to land the job on the spot!

    April 24, 2013 at 9:19 am
  10. Amy G

    I would wear this bag with white linen pants and a colorful patterned shirt on a spring day!

    April 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm
  11. Linda Weatherseed

    I can vouch for the versatility of this bag – I bought the dark blue canvas version a couple of months ago and it is GORGEOUS and goes with everything. I would wear the purple with a white shirtdress and white strappy sandals!

    April 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm
  12. Diane Ringenberg

    Purple goes with EVERYTHING! This bag is a must-have. Thanks!

    April 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm
  13. Debbie Hunt

    Purple is the color of royalty and this bag would make me feel like a queen!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  14. Christy DeWolf

    Oh my gosh this handbag is beautiful!. OF COURSE it comes from a company in my second hometown Austin, TX! (I miss that town.) Purple is my color. I can see going to meetings and appointments with this bag brightly swinging on my arm or from my hand. I can hear the oohs and aahs now! Dallas and I NEED this yummy bag!

    April 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  15. Linda Gibson

    What a beautiful, practical bag (large enough to hold everything but still look feminine.) Most of my clothes are purple and/or blue so I would carry this bag everywhere and I would feel and it would look great.

    April 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm
  16. Paula Plunk

    I would wear this bag with anything!

    April 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm
  17. Maria Gilbert

    It would be an everyday bag for me, would look good with orange and reds!

    April 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  18. MJ Moore (@butterflyrouge)

    I think this bag would be a fantastic pop of color in a monochromatic white outfit!


    April 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm
  19. Mechel

    I would wear a cream colored scarf, denim shirt and cream colored jeans with my cowgirl boots. If I won the purse, I would buy a cowgirl hat to match.

    April 23, 2013 at 8:36 am
  20. omahablack

    I love the purple and that is my signature color. The style of this bag is great and one to keep forever. Thanks for the contest! I would wear my long jean skirt, my white blouse, the kitten heel sandals, and my lavender/yellow scarf to highlight the pop of color from my new purple Zink Bag.

    April 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm
  21. Hot Mess

    I’ve been looking for a fabulous statement bag to house my laptop as I begin graduate school and this purple stunner would be perfect!

    April 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  22. Liz

    This is would be the perfect addition to any LSU Tiger fan’s wardrobe, including mine!

    April 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm
  23. Trezlen

    I would bring this bag to work everyday! Doesn’t matter if the color clashes with something else I’m wearing. It’s my office bag!

    April 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm
  24. Mandy

    What a fabulous bag! I would wear it with everything from sun dresses to pencil skirts and Oxfords at the office! I love this. It’s a must have 🙂

    April 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  25. anna fane

    I would wear this with with an off-white shift dress and nude flats!

    April 22, 2013 at 11:12 am
  26. Abbey

    I would wear this bag with my crisp white skinny jeans and emerald green t-shirt with sandals.

    April 22, 2013 at 10:40 am
  27. Heather Grayson

    It’s a great size and reminds me of a Kelly bag, love it!!1

    April 22, 2013 at 9:47 am
  28. Maggie L

    This would be the perfect everyday bag–my style is a kind of modern repro vintage and this would fit perfectly (and fit all my daily necessities!)

    April 22, 2013 at 9:16 am
  29. Julie

    This bag would be worn with confidence, attitude, swag and a giant smile 🙂

    April 22, 2013 at 6:32 am
  30. Amy L

    I’d wear this bag everyday. Purple is my favorite color!

    April 21, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  31. Michelle Myers

    I love the color purple! I would be wearing this bag everyday! It fits my all around style!

    April 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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