Zink's Mexico Collection features geometric patterns and fresh spring floral prints.
Inspired by his wanderlust, Ben Freeland, founder and creative director of Austin-based artisan goods maker Zink, has designed new Bolsa bags for the Mexico Collection, part of his Global Artisan series. After embarking on a cultural trip to Mexico City, Freeland (grandson of award-winning Nantucket basket weaver Robert Zink, for whom the company is named) returned feeling inspired to work with artisans in Mexico. He designed patterns for clutches and totes, then collaborated with an all-female fabric cooperative in Mexico to produce the wares, which reflect native motifs through techniques that have been passed down for generations. Created from hand-embroidered fabric and vegetable tanned leather, no two bags are alike. “I’ve always been interested in artisan-made things,” Freeland says. “We like to support [these artisans] because it keeps their story going, just like I’m keeping my Grandpa Zink’s story going.” $385-$395. 1601 W. 38th St., #11, 512-502-5836