Featured Retailer: Raygun

We are happy to announce our latest featured retailer, Raygun. Coming to you from 2 different locations: One in Des Moines, Iowa and another in Iowa City. Raygun offers witty and fun t-shirts, books, drink-ware, notebooks, postcards, stickers, wallets, and some of our coolest MP bags!

 

Raygun was created and opened by Mike Draper in 2005. Mike graduated from Penn in Philadelphia and after college began traveling around the east coast selling shirts at some of the best locations he could find. Some of the locations included: Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City. Mike would sell his shirts with a passion and hit some of the major parks and hot spots in New York City such as Time Square, Washington Square Park and Union Square.

While Mike was traveling throughout the east coast he started making sketches from a dream he had- to create his own space that could be a design studio, print space and clothing store. Later that year Mike moved to Des Moines and his dream became a reality  as his sketches came to life with Raygun.

Since opening in 2005 Raygun has grown a lot, spawning a custom screen printing and design company called 8/7 CENTRAL and opened a second Raygun location in Iowa City.

Check out some photos of Rayguns store and fun products below:

 

If you don’t live in Iowa..or cant make a trip there to see the actual store, check them out online at http://raygunsite.com/

It may be worth your time since they are “The Greatest Store in the Universe.”

Cheers,

Manhattan Portage

 

 

 

 

101 Things To Do in The Summer in NYC

Rumor has it that most New Yorkers escape the city in the summer because of the heat, but if you are a person who doesn’t mind warm temperatures you might want to stick around this summer because there is a lot going on!

Check out this article brought to you by Time Out New York with a list of 101 fun things to do and see this summer in NYC!

 

One of our favorite things to do in NYC in the summer is to relax, explore, play volleyball, bike, skateboard, or picnic- all in Central Park. What’s your favorite summer activity in New York City?

Cheers to summer!

 

 

It’s a Vinyl Summer

Summer is here and we have some hot summer bags that we have to show you. Not only do these bags serve their function but they look cool while doing so. You will be sure to stand out from the crowd with these waterproof vinyl bags. Check them out below!

1.) Purple Bag- Vinyl Vintage Messenger Bag (SM) : $49.00

2.) Blue Bag- Vinyl Europa: $69.00

3.) White Bag- Vinyl Chelsea Drum Bag (SM) $65.00

**Click on Photos to check them out!

Which one is your favorite?

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2012 New York Asian Film Festival

Check out the first look of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival with this TRAILER!  (or click photo below) We are proud to be the bag sponsor of this amazing film festival filled with popular Asian cinema, and feel that it may be better this year than ever.The festival starts Friday the 29th and goes until July 12th. So you have 2 weeks to check it out, no excuses people!

Where: Lincoln Center, New York City

When: June 29th-July 12th

Why: Everyone needs an Asian Film Festival in their life

Will you be attending?

 

 

Featured Retailer: Strand Bookstore NYC

We are happy to introduce you to our latest featured retailer, Strand bookstore in New York City. Known as the worlds largest used bookstore with 55,000 sq feet of space, this is one bookstore you have to check out!

The Strand was opened in 1927 by a man named Benjamin Bass and was one of 48 bookstores that made up “Book Row” -which was a line of book stores from Union Square to Astor Place. Today the Strand is the only bookstore left from book row.

After 85 years the Strand is still a family business, owned by Fred Bass and his daughter Nancy Bass Wyden. With over 200 employees, a little over 2.5 million used, new and rare books and some of our most popular Manhattan Portage bags- this is a bookstore you have to check out!

The Strand even has a kiosk in Central Park that opens when the weather cooperates, located at the corner of 5th and east 60th.The main Strand bookstore is located at 829 Broadway on the corner of 12th street and Broadway and the nearest transit is Union Square.

After being open 85 years, they must be doing something right! So go check out the store yourself and indulge yourself in the world of books!

 

 

New York’s Best Pizza

 

If you are a New Yorker.. or not, we think almost everyone can agree that pizza is a must have in life! New York is known to be one of the best places to find the best of the best in regards to pizza.. and it’s true!

We found an awesome list of the top 25 pizza joints in NYC and had to share them with our MP fans. After all, who doesn’t love pizza?

According to complexcityguide here are the top 25 pizza places in NYC, drum roll please… Top 25 Pizza Spots in NYC!

Where’s your favorite place to get pizza in the city?

 

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We Double Dare You!

Do you love messenger bags and back packs? Maybe you need a new bag but aren’t sure which one to pick? Well, both types of bags are great in different ways- but we have found a way to combine the two into one bag of awesomeness! Check out the new Double Dare Convertible bag!¬†

We dare you; in fact, we double dare you to find a more useful pack than this! Coming to you in 9 different dual color combinations, used as two different style bags, and perfect for men or women, you might say this bag has a split personality…in a good way!

Which one is your favorite?

 

 

 

Live Music Anyone?

If you live in NYC or you are visiting, don’t forget to check out the variety of bars this city has to offer. One of the best things about New York City is the fact that you can pick any type of atmosphere, food or crowd you want in a bar and find it around almost any corner.

Another great thing- the music! There is so much talent in this city, so when you go to a bar with live music you usually will be pleasantly surprised how talented the band is.

We found a great list of 22 live music bars in NYC from nyc.com that we had to share with you. Check out their “Best Live Music Bars in NYC” HERE!

If you are planning a trip to the city, make sure to check out at least one of these spots and you will feel like a real New Yorker in no time!

Rock on!

 

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Manhattan After Midnight

Are you a night owl? Do you love to stand out from the crowd? If so, we have the perfect collection of bags for you. Meet our new Midnight collection!

Take a look at our Midnight bags below,

These bags shine with their textured-filled exterior, and interlaced beautiful glitter threaded accents. This collection is sure to make you stand out, before or after midnight.

Which one’s your favorite?

 

 

Our Feature in 2nd Japanese Magazine

We are very excited to announce that we made the cover and 5 additional pages in one of Japan’s most popular fashion magazines! 2nd is a monthly fashion magazine for men with a preppy and hip American influence. Filled with street style photos, anyone can enjoy this magazine- whether you read Japanese or not. Browse through the photos to find all of the latest fashion tips and trends.

Want to see for yourself? Below you can view the cover, and the 5 pages we were featured in. We hope you are as excited as us!

2nd Snap #3 Published May 30th, 2012

*All bags shown above are our Japanese limited edition bags