The ZINK story is that of the voyager.
Defined by its ability to effortlessly travel from one world to the next – from East to West, from metropolis to meadow – the ZINK creation is as rooted in history as it is constantly changing.
Every piece in our collection is the result of a journey. They are a celebration of the experiences, discoveries, and passions that brought us where we are today: to ZINK, modern American classics with a global aesthetic.
Make your ZINK bag your own. Let it remind you of places you’ve been and accompany you to that place you’ve always wanted to go. Whether your journey is across town or around the globe, our designs define the chic adventurer.
Born near Boston, ZINK’s Founder and Creative Director Ben Freedland earned a degree in international studies from Boston University before entering New York’s world of fashion. There, he refined his skills and perfected his craft during years spent working with fashion icons like Giorgio Armani, Bergdorf Goodman, Ermenegildo Zegna, Michael Kors, and Burberry.
But on a cultural tour of the Far East, Ben was enchanted by the beauty and craftsmanship he encountered in every workshop and studio he explored. It was in then that Ben realized the time had come to make his mark—as creator of a brand distinguished by individual artistry, classic modern style, and enduring quality.
Like his grandfather Robert Zink, the award-winning weaver of Nantucket baskets and namesake of the company, Ben embraces the world’s grand wonders while treasuring every detail in a passing moment or an artist’s touch.
ZINK is a vision that honors Ben’s grandfather’s traditions while celebrating the extraordinary journeys of life.
Each ZINK creation has a story to tell. Whether it’s one of heritage New England craftsmanship or ancient indigenous tradition, each ZINK design incorporates timeless techniques to create designs of heirloom quality.
Quality. In that one word rests everything that is important to us here at ZINK. We believe that luxurious items should be built to last. That’s why we line our handbags in the finest Italian canvas, use solid brass and chrome hardware, and source our fabrics either directly from renowned family-run mills or in partnership with socially responsible cooperatives and nonprofits across the world.
Because at ZINK, we design for generations to come.
FROM THE DESK OF CREATIVE DIRECTOR BEN FREEDLAND:
Welcome to Zink, where your journey begins.
The ZINK story is that of the voyager. Though I write these words from the American Southwest, my heart remains in New England, land of my youth and the birthplace of classic American style.
Between there and here lies the whole world.
ZINK is a celebration of experiences, discoveries and passions. Our collections reimagine tried-and-true favorites and transform them through the creativity of our global community of artisans. Each season, we’ll share with you the people, places and things that inspire us, from the naturally dyed, hand-loomed textiles of the village artisan to the contemporary details we find relevant for today’s modern world.
The journey of ZINK might have begun in New England,but it continues to traverse the globe: To Italy, for superb canvas in a rainbow of magnificent hues. To South America, for stunning textiles hand-loomed by artisans practicing age-old traditions. To Southeast Asia, for indigo fabrics and naturally dyed textiles. To rural Japan, for the finest organic cotton. These are just some of the elements that go into creating ZINK’s meticulously crafted, timeless designs: the very fundamentals of luxurious adventure.
So let ZINK’s seasoned travelers accompany you on your next adventure, wherever it may take you. Because, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my travels, it’s this: It’s not the destination that counts. It’s the journey itself.
Live for the voyage, Ben Freedland