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There was a simple philosophy that Manhattan Portage set out to achieve back in 1983, “New York Tough.” Almost thirty years later it is certainly ringing true. From Montreal to Melbourne, Osaka to Oslo, and Stockholm to San Francisco, Manhattan Portage’s line of bags are indeed everywhere and carried by everyone.
Despite their sweeping global popularity, Manhattan Portage remains loyal to their NYC roots. This nearly 30 year lifespan in the volatile fashion world, and in a town that embraces the designer-of-the-moment but does not suffer has-beens, is no small feat. Manhattan Portage has been able to avoid becoming another fleeting fad and withstand the test of time because their bags do.
By innovating and expanding their line to accommodate the range of uses their bag owners’ demand, the Manhattan Portage line has developed to serve all walks and runs of urban life. That goal back in the early 80′s, was to take the functionality of outdoor gear and packs and bring them to an urban audience. The first company to use CORDURA brand nylon and high quality plastic Delrin buckles in messenger bags, Manhattan Portage has been an innovator ever since. Whether you are a DJ transporting your spinning equipment, a cell phone-toting investment banker, a starving student hauling pricey textbooks or a messenger racing to deliver documents on time, Manhattan Portage has a style for you. (Even if, like many New Yorkers, you fit into two or more of these categories!)
The variety of stores that sell Manhattan Portage bags also speaks to their varied clientele. Luggage, leather, bicycle, shoes, clothing, and even variety and gift stores all carry Manhattan Portage bags. With their Red logo, 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon, Delrin hardware, and a style selection including laptop bags, messenger bags, backpacks and more, Manhattan Portage bags don’t hide and won’t be going away any time soon. The emergence of competitors and innumerable imitators hasn’t fazed them, but rather left Manhattan Portage celebrating this ultimate sign of trend triumph.
Although Manhattan Portage has received press in New York Times, People, Newsweek, and the Village Voice, their media coverage is not what has fueled their resounding success. It is their versatility, durability, and adaptability that has allowed them to survive the ebb and flow of mercurial fashion tides. So don’t settle for an inferior product, get the real thing and treat yourself or a loved one to an authentic Manhattan Portage bag.
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