Kinds Words From Happy Customer!

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We recently received an e-mail from a customer who purchased hisManhattan Portage bag a decade ago. He had nothing but high praise for the quality of the bag. He even included pictures of his bag along with the e-mail. Here are some of what he wrote in the e-mail:

This bag has seen it all, every kind of weather, and even a few other extreme conditions, yet its come through with flying colors. I know what you say these bags are made of, but I think you’re holding back a few secrets…titanium maybe? this bag is utterly amazing… And I sincerely wanted to thank you for putting out a durable, dependable and excellent product. It truly is New York tough, and I love it. Keep up the good work!

A personal shout-out to Luke. You’re awesome and thank you so much for your kind words!

 

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Last weekend, Manhattan Portage CEO and owner Su Hwei Lin gave a speech for a workshop on succeeding as a small business sponsored by the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA), which is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the cultural bonds between the Taiwanese-American community and Taiwan.

The speech was overall inspirational as it touched on important themes such as: having business-sense and flexibility, social responsibilities in running a small business, cultural understanding, and family and friends.

Su Hwei stresses on how it is easy to get lost in dealing with numbers and countless other details, but to truly have a successful business, one must have a commitment to customers and a vision for where the company will go. The reason why Manhattan Portage has been so successful is because of an unyielding commitment to quality. A few years back, a customer came back wanted to get his bag fixed because the threads were coming out. We realized that he bought the bag 30 years ago, and were amazed at the stellar quality it was still in. It looked as if he just bought it! The 30 year-old bag from this brand in regular use are still going strong!

The theme of cultural understanding in her speech is the heart of Manhattan Portage. To thrive as a small company within a global marketplace, dedication among the crew is critical. Ensuring that the company’s staff develops an appreciation for the cultural differences between them requires constant attention.

Life is full of challenges so having strong family ties and a vast network of friends is also very important. We need to learn how to be compassionate towards others and have an appreciation of their views will insure that our support network is strong. Think of it like this: your grandmother may not know how to use a computer, but she may be able to give you an idea of how to cope with the changes computers have formed in society. This will help us to overcome any obstacles we meet later on. Su Hwei’s speech is a great reminder for us to be persistent in pursuing our dreams and never to give up.

Manhattan Portage is extremely proud of its multi-cultural heritage, and so a huge high-five to all the office and retail staff who have made it possible to bring you products, like our Messenger Bag for 30 years now!

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Manhattan Takes Bangkok

Check out this video from the opening party last week for the launch of Manhattan Portage in Carnival Stores in Bangkok!


Manhattan Takes Bangkok

Manhattan Portage and Apliiq.com Launch Novel Bag Customization

Manhattan Portage and Apliiq.com Launch Novel Bag Customization
Fabric Appliqué Messenger Bags Custom Designed by You

Manhattan Portage and Apliiq.com have joined forces to offer a new, unique way to customize messenger bags. Through Apliiq’s innovative, online, fabric customization platform, the iconic Manhattan Portage shoulder bag has a fresh look, custom designed by you.

Fashion-forward urban style collectors now have the chance to pick from hundreds of rare, dead stock, vintage, and classic textiles to add to their bags. Choose a bag style, a color, a fabric, and the patches to adorn it and voila! A one-of-a-kind Manhattan Portage bag is being made just for you and customized within a week in downtown Los Angeles.

Apliiq.com makes it simple to create an inspired look without screen-printing, logos or words. Enriching these classic bags with small pieces of patterned fabrics highlights the uniqueness of each textile while creating a subtle and tasteful design – complimenting Manhattan Portage’s distinct, bold aesthetic.

Manhattan Portage bags are not just beautiful – they’re practical and durable too. The DJ bag was originally designed nearly 30 years ago to fit about 20 vinyl records. And the Europa bag can
double in size with a single zip. Both bags are made of 1000D CORDURA® Classic nylon
fabric and have a soft adjustable nylon shoulder strap. With Apliiq’s revolutionary
customization platform, MP bags now have even more to offer.

With over 500 fabrics available for customization and many appliqué patches to choose from, the Apliiq.com x Manhattan Portage collaboration is as diverse as New York City’s eclectic melting pot. Express your individuality on a bag for yourself or create a personalized holiday gift for someone you love.

Shop the limited edition and customizable DJ and Europa messenger bags exclusively
online through MANHATTANPORTAGE.com and APLIIQ.com.

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Featured Retailer: Hats in the Belfry

When you walk in to one of the 5 store locations of Hats in the Belfry you will most likely right away want to play dress up with all of their unique hats. From the beach to the Kentucky Derby you can find a hat for any occasion at this place! Although this unique store holds a universe of hats, they have even more to offer.

You can find wallets, unique gloves, scarfs, books, bow ties and even Manhattan Portage bags at Hats in the Belfry! With 5 locations scattered throughout Maryland and Philadelphia the rest of us are not to worry; since this place has an amazing website that started in 1997 where you can sit at home and shop in your pajamas with ease. Also, they usually ship within 24 hours, not too shabby, eh?

Have you ever had the chance to check out one of their stores? If you don’t live in Maryland or Philadelphia, don’t worry.. check out their website and shop here: http://www.hatsinthebelfry.com/

Have fun and happy shopping!

-MP

 

Back to Work After Hurricane Sandy

It’s our first day back in the office after Hurricane Sandy!

All orders placed between 10/26 and 11/4 will be fulfilled during this time. There will be a bit of backlog so please be patient.

Also our flagship store has been reopened since Saturday, so come stop by at 258 Elizabeth St. New York, NY 10012.

 

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Halloween Candy!

We brought candy all the way from China for our flagship store for all of our Halloween lovers.

What are you going to be this year for Halloween?

Happy Monday!

Are you feeling energetic today.. or more like this tired kitty?

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Happy Friday Everyone!

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Martin at the Andres Serrano Art Gallery Opening – 57th street, NYC

Get the look: The Europa!

 

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