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Check out this MP fan rocking his New York Asian Film Festival Collaboration bag at the ComicCon Event last Sunday in New York City!

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Happy Friday Everyone!

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Happy “Tough Tuesday!”

This mouse is New York Tough! Are you?

Cheers.

-MP

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30 Year Old Bag

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.

Cheers,

MP

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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

Austin Achieve

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!

Much love,

-MP

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Global Festival 2012

A good cause and great music? Sounds nice to us! On September 29th in Central Park, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young with Crazy Horse will headline one of this year’s hottest concerts, but don’t bother trying to buy tickets.

Fans will have to earn entry to this awesome concert by taking action against extreme poverty around the world through a website and app.

“The scale of things that they’re trying do just felt really cool, and we’re trying to get the ball rolling,” said Patrick Carney, The Black Keys’ drummer. “Especially with everything that’s been going on for the last three years, I suppose, after the stock market crashed. There’s attention on the amount of people living below the poverty line and the disparity between the rich and the poor and everything that’s going on now … . It just felt like the right time to do something.”

So, how do you do it? Fans can attend through a special lottery of 54,000 tickets. You will earn your way by a point system awarded for charitable acts performed through the Global Citizen website.To earn points you can making postings on social media, donate money to charity or sign a petition, among other simple activities.

The overall goal is to raise $500 million in practical solutions by leveraging commitments from the world’s leaders while they’re in New York.

Organizer, Hugh Evans said “A difference can be made for children trapped in extreme poverty with a polio vaccine that costs just 30 cents. A Tuesday news release announcing the project says there are an estimated 1.3 billion people living on the equivalent of less than $1.50 a day.

“I think what’s exciting is all the world leaders are going to be in town that week for the United Nations meeting,” Evans said in a phone interview. “And this concert and the associated campaign will give us the opportunity to ask these world leaders to make practical and tangible monetary commitments to the world’s poor and to the achievement of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals.”

We think it’s very important to give back to the community and help others in need, and if we can do this with an amazing concert at the same time- this is just genius!

For more information you can go here: Global Festival 2012!

Will you be there?

-MP

 

 

 

 

Tom at the Queensboro Plaza Station, Long Island City

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We love You New York City!

Today we wanted to share our love of New York City with all of you with some fun photos to go along with it.

We can’t get enough of this city, and are thinking you probably feel the same way. Yellow cabs, high rises, cobble stone streets,the Brooklyn Bridge, unlimited food options, street performers,Time Square, the best shopping ever, people from all over the world, Central Park.. well, the list goes on. Enjoy!

Where is your favorite place in New York City?

Cheers,

-MP

 

 

 

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Meet Our New Stonewashed Collection!

We were thinking.. and thought it was time to get in with the old and out with the new. Our stonewashed heavy weight cotton canvas brings a new look to a classic Manhattan Portage style.

This cool worn-out look comes in the five different bags above: The Vintage Messenger Bag, the all time favorite Europa, the Big Apple backpack, the City Lights bag, and the Alleycat Waistbag.

We hope you like our new Stonewashed Collection and would love to hear your comments.

Cheers,

-MP