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

 

 

 

 

Matt in Lower East Side, New York City

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Tom at the Queensboro Plaza Station, Long Island City

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Featured Retailer: Raygun

We are happy to announce our latest featured retailer, Raygun. Coming to you from 2 different locations: One in Des Moines, Iowa and another in Iowa City. Raygun offers witty and fun t-shirts, books, drink-ware, notebooks, postcards, stickers, wallets, and some of our coolest MP bags!

 

Raygun was created and opened by Mike Draper in 2005. Mike graduated from Penn in Philadelphia and after college began traveling around the east coast selling shirts at some of the best locations he could find. Some of the locations included: Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City. Mike would sell his shirts with a passion and hit some of the major parks and hot spots in New York City such as Time Square, Washington Square Park and Union Square.

While Mike was traveling throughout the east coast he started making sketches from a dream he had- to create his own space that could be a design studio, print space and clothing store. Later that year Mike moved to Des Moines and his dream became a reality  as his sketches came to life with Raygun.

Since opening in 2005 Raygun has grown a lot, spawning a custom screen printing and design company called 8/7 CENTRAL and opened a second Raygun location in Iowa City.

Check out some photos of Rayguns store and fun products below:

 

If you don’t live in Iowa..or cant make a trip there to see the actual store, check them out online at http://raygunsite.com/

It may be worth your time since they are “The Greatest Store in the Universe.”

Cheers,

Manhattan Portage

 

 

 

 

We Double Dare You!

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?

 

 

 

Our Feature in 2nd Japanese Magazine

We are very excited to announce that we made the cover and 5 additional pages in one of Japan’s most popular fashion magazines! 2nd is a monthly fashion magazine for men with a preppy and hip American influence. Filled with street style photos, anyone can enjoy this magazine- whether you read Japanese or not. Browse through the photos to find all of the latest fashion tips and trends.

Want to see for yourself? Below you can view the cover, and the 5 pages we were featured in. We hope you are as excited as us!

2nd Snap #3 Published May 30th, 2012

*All bags shown above are our Japanese limited edition bags