We are giving away this Red Crocodile Beatrice Clutch (retail value: $1,195.00). See below for details on how to enter. Giveaway sponsored by ZINK.

A great accessory doesn’t just elevate an outfit or last forever, it transports you. Whether through color, texture, or excellent craftsmanship, it evokes a particular far-off location or vintage vibe, and inspires a feeling of adventure. If you’re lucky, you’ll find one in a classic style that’ll really go the distance.

Ben Freedland, founder and creative director of the handbag line ZINK, understands the value of a journey. After getting his degree in International Studies, the Boston native moved to New York, where he worked with Giorgio Armani, Bergdorf Goodman, and other icons of the fashion world. While traveling in Thailand in early 2009, he was so taken with the artistry in the studios he visited that he decided to start his own brand. He put his belongings in storage, and lived between New York City, Bangkok, and Boston for months.

“I learned about craftsmanship from my grandfather.  It was the only reason he would purchase something or experience something.” – Ben Freedland

During the 2009 holiday season, Freedland did a pop-up shop in Boston. Having successfully tested his collection, he then went back to Bangkok to develop a full accessory collection. When he returned to the U.S., he embarked on a road trip from New York to Austin, stopping in places where he thought he might want to live. The answer was clear: Austin.

Now almost five years old, ZINK reflects Freedland’s adventurous spirit while also honoring his heritage: Freedland’s grandfather Robert Zink is an award-winning weaver of Nantucket baskets. The combination of an appreciation for modern American classics with a global sensibility is what we love most about the line. The clean lines and beautiful simplicity of ZINK’s Steamship make it the perfect travel companion whether you’re headed for Manhattan or Morocco, while the Crocodile Clutch, part of the line’s collection of “Exotics,” is the ideal accompaniment for any party.

Here’s how to win:
1. Comment below, telling us where you’d bring your new bag,

2. “Like” the ZINK  Facebook page.

3. “Like” The Scout Guide Facebook page.

One winner will be chosen on Monday, December 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST. Open to U.S. residents only.

BONUS: Use code “TSG20” for 20% off at ZINK, for this week only. Code can be on all products except sale or discounted merchandise.