It was a typical day in the office and we received a call about a bag repair. The customer said their bag had a hole in it and was wondering if we could fix it for them. We asked them to send us a picture of their bag so we could better assist them. When we saw the photo we were in shock- this bag had the original green logo, which means this bag is 30 years old!
The owner of this bag, Dennis received the bag as a gift from his mother in law. He uses the bag on a daily basis to carry everything from the usual personal items, books, tools, maps, etc. He has never even come close to losing the bag as he keeps it close to him at all times. It has traveled with him all during his working life, outdoors and in, in all kinds of weather, by car, plane, train, boat and subway.
Needless to say, it has been practically indestructible. We were so happy to see that the bag nearly looks brand new. Dennis also told us we stitched a seam for him about ten years ago as well. He also mentioned he has never used another backpack since he received his MP bag. He even kept the original hang tags!
Take a look at this 30 year old bag below:
We are very happy this backpack has served Dennis for 30 years and is still kickin!
Also, thanks for sharing your story with us, Dennis.
“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.
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!
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.