San Francisco Freedom Forum

“To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.”- Elie Wiesel

Last week a few of us from Manhattan Portage were lucky enough to attend the freedom forum supported by the Human Rights Foundation in San Francisco. This truly was an amazing event. We originally were involved with this event by working with the directors to supply our customized DJ bags to the forum, but we wanted to be more involved so we decided instead of just sending the bags to the staff and attendees we were going to actually fly from New York to San Francisco and attend this event. We’re definitely glad we did.

When we entered the doors of the forum in the Bently Reserve Building we were right away greeted with friendly faces and given a name tag and our collaboration MP bags loaded with goodies. The staff was kind enough to give everyone a handful of books written by the speakers, a notepad, pen, granola bars, chocolates and even tic tacs! We were happy to see our bags put to good use. Everyone was very appreciative of not just the bags- but the kind gifts that were inside them as well.

Above is the entrance to the Bently Reserve- where the forum was held

There were three sessions of speeches- all which were amazing. The speaker’s included: Manal al Sharif, Justine Hardy, Marina Nemat, William Dobson, Ethan Nadelmann, Naomi Natale, Mona Eltahawy, Marcel Granier, George Ayittey, Pyoty Verzilov, and Aung San Suu Kyi. All of these speakers/activists were truly inspirational and it was a pleasure to hear them speak about their lives, concerns, wants and dreams.

Although all of the speeches were amazing, one really stood out to us the most. Naomi Natale is an artist and the founder of “One Million Bones.” Naomi uses art to raise awareness of horrible actions that are going on in the world in hopes for people to realize and spread the word and then to take a stand and make a change. During her speech she showed us a video that sums up what she does,  please watch the video below:


As you can see from the video Naomi does an amazing job with using art to create awareness  We were so very touched by her speech and this above video and hope you are too.

We also took many photos at the events and of course wanted to share those with you too. So here you are..

Arriving to San Franciso we saw this trolley, this is a very typical thing to see in San Fran and it was a nice welcome for us as well.

 

An attendee, Marlon with our Collaboration bag

Another attendee, Fereed-  with our collaboration bag

Lining up for lunch. We had a wonderful lunch at Le Meridien Hotel.

Aung San Suu Kyi giving her amazing speech.

Aung San Suu Kyi receiving the “Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent.”

Please view Aung San Suu Kyi’s motivational speech here:

 

 

Thank you everyone for reading this post and we hope that you are now inspired to stand up for what you believe in and to always have a voice.

Best wishes,

Manhattan Portage

Manhattan Portage and Token Window Displays

Hello Everyone,

Well, it’s officially fall and Halloween is just around the corner so we changed our window displays for the Manhattan Portage/ Token flagship store in New York City and we had to share them with you, hope you like them!

Also, don’t forget to visit us at the store located at 258 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012. Hope to see you soon!

Cheers,

-MP

 

Feature in Hit TV series: Revolution

We are very excited to announce our “School Backpack” was featured on the first episode of the hit TV series, Revolution featuring Tim Guinne.

Check out the photos below:

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Rachel in Nolita, New York City

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Izumi in Nolita, New York City

 

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The Children’s Aid Society

Last week we had an opportunity to meet some amazing people. We took a trip to east Harlem to the Vitomarcantonio Community School to donate some of our backpacks. As you walk into this school you feel welcomed right away with the smiling faces of the staff and the bright paintings on the walls painted by the students and their families it’s hard not to smile.

We sat and listened to the parent teacher’s conference with the school rules and regulations and then the kids and parents were dismissed to go and meet their teachers. The kids were then made aware that they had some Manhattan Portage bags waiting for them. The looks on their faces were priceless. These kids appreciated these bags so much and looked extremely adorable wearing them as well. See for your self below:


We then were given a tour of the school… or shall we say, community? The staff truly does an amazing job at making this space feel like home to their students. The cafeteria has round tables so the kids can all see each other while they are eating and no one will feel left out, there is a lounge room with comfortable chairs and food for everyone to share, there is even a doctor and dentist office for the kids as well.

The staff and volunteers really are wonferful people doing great things everyday. To meet such inspiring people was so refreshing and inspiring to all of us here at Manhattan Portage.

We hope this story has inspired you. Little by little we can all help each other to make the world a happier place.

Cheers,

Manhattan Portage

 

 

Clark in Nolita, New York City

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Loreak Mendian Collaboration

We are happy to introduce you to our latest collaboration with Loreak Mendian. A unique blend of elegant and practical design, this collaborative bag reflects the Spanish brand’s influences in music, art and architecture and was designed with the various cultural tastes of urbanites in mind.

We are very excited about this cultural exchange with a strong local brand originating from the Basque county in the north of Spain and feel the customized bag turned out wonderfully. Take a look here:

This limited edition collaboration only has 500 pieces available world-wide, and brings together Loreak Mendian’s creative design with Manhattan Portage’s urban roots and durability. The iconic New York brand customized one of their signature DJ Bag models for inclusion in Loreak Mendian’s latest FW 12 collection.

Customized by Loreak Mendian’s founder’s and designers Xabi and Victor, the DJ shoulder bag comes with a custom-printed front wool pocket and a contrasting Vichy check fabric underneath the front flap. The man riding the horse on the printed wool fabric is a thousand year old figure of the Basque culture that appears on tombstones, vessels and many other cases.

The bag body is made out of 1000D CORDURA® Classic nylon fabric, has a soft adjustable nylon shoulder strap and features an open divider pocket and zippered compartment behind the flap. The main interior compartment is large enough for total utility loading. The Manhattan Portage DJ bag was originally designed nearly 30 years ago to fit approximately 20 vinyl 12” DJ records for the special needs of DJ’s and musicians in the East Village.

This Loreak Mendian x Manhattan Portage DJ bag will officially launch and sell at the Manhattan Portage New York flagship store located at 258 Elizabeth St and Loreak Mendian flagship stores on Monday September 10th. To order this collaboration online, please visit LoreakMendian.com and ManhattanPortage.com beginning September 11th.

Check out the bag in action below:

 

Photos by: Guille A. Pando

About Loreak Mendian

It all started in 1995, when Victor Serna and Xabi Zirikiain opened a shop in San Sebastian’s port area. Xabi, an industrial engineer who at the time earned a living designing airplane wings, had already gained some notoriety in town as the creator of a daisy shaped logo. Together with Victor, and with more enthusiasm than experience, they embarked on the adventure of creating a clothing brand.

The brand’s influences are many and very diverse: architecture (European Modernism, International Style)art (Marcel Duchamp, Surrealism, Dada, Abstract Expressionism), music (Judee Sill, Love, Miles Davis, Beatles, Bad Brains), surf, and last but not least life itself! Loreak Mendian rejects categories and forced-upon trends – “We simply project all our creativity and attitude towards life in quality clothes that transmit a message to people.”

We hope you love this one of a kind bag as much as we do!

Cheers,

-MP