There was a simple philosophy that Manhattan Portage set out to achieve back in 1980, "A Bag For Everyone." Twenty 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 where they have been manufactured since they began over two decades ago. This 20-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. 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 Cordura plus nylon, Delrin hardware, and style selection ranging from the West Village Backpack with its sleek one shoulder velcro pack and 5 Pockets to the Classic DJ Bag and Lisa Messenger bag with its reflective stripe, Manhattan Portage bags don't hide and won't be going away any time soon. The emergence of competitors and innumerable imitators hasn't phased them, but rather left Manhattan Portage celebrating this ultimate sign of trend triumph by asking, "Why is everyone copying us? Is it something we've done?"
Although Manhattan Portage has received press in 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 imitation, get the real thing and treat yourself or a loved one to an authentic Manhattan Portage bag.