We are very excited to announce our Empire Lite Bag was featured in Freshness Magazine! Take a look below:
“The original messenger bag company Manhattan Portage is back with a new model The Empire which is a twist on the messenger bag and backpack styles. Constructed out of tarpaulin for absolute water proofing and also durability for the busy days….” Click here to see the entire blog post write up from Freshness Mag!
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.
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.
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Last week the owner and CEO of Manhattan Portage, Su hwei Lin took a trip to Austin Texas to speak at Austin Achieve Public Schools “Back to School Night” and we wanted to tell you a little about the trip.
Austin Achieve’s mission is to prepare East Austin’s children to attend and excel at the nation’s top colleges and universities. Additionally, they aim to work with other educators and institutions in Austin to raise the level of success for all students.
Austin Achieve wanted to provide their inaugural 6th grade class with backpacks and school supplies so we stepped up to provide the students with Manhattan Portage backpacks so they can go to school in style. The students were very happy and appreciative of their new bags.
Here are some photos of the students with their new bags:
There are so many ways to help others and give back in today’s society. You don’t have to be rich or own your own business to assist. You can do something as simple as helping someone carry their groceries, adopt a pet, cheer up a friend when they are down- the list goes on.
For more information on Austin Achieves and on how you can help click here: Ausin Achieves!
We hope this article has inspired you to do an extra good deed this week!
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?
One of the best ways to get exercise and clear your head is to take a hike. Hiking is a great way to get exercise with beautiful scenery around you that will be different each time you go on your journey. Let’s face it, the treadmill and elliptical get boring after a while, so why not try exercising in nature? Hiking is great for all fitness levels, whether you want to try uphill for a more intense workout, or stay on a level path for more of an intermediate workout- the choice is yours.
Not only is hiking great for toning your body, but it’s also wonderful for your mental health. Hiking outdoors may relive stress, and also may help one feel closer to nature which can relax the mind. After you are done hiking you will have a sense of achievement because you’ve just finished your daily hike, which is always a positive feeling.
If you are a hiker, or want to start hiking you may need a backpack. Our Hiking backpack featuring Cordura fabric will be your best friend. Check it out HERE!
This backpack is a new version of our popular Ballistic Backpack (2103), constructed out of rugged and durable 1000D CORDURA® Classic fabric. The spacious main compartment and comfortable shoulder straps make this bag the perfect accomplice for all of your hiking trips.
Now, go outside and take a hike!