There was a simple philosophy that Manhattan Portage set out to achieve back in 1983, "New York Tough." They sought to take the functionality of outdoor gear/packs and bring them to an urban audience. Manhattan Portage took materials like CORDURA brand nylon and high quality plastic Delrin buckles and incorporated them into a new urban aesthetic that is chic, innovative, and confident.
Manhattan Portagebags and backpacks have since earned their street creed; they are reliable and tough companions on the streets of New York City, the epicenter of culture. What was originally designed for bike messengers in NYC and DJ'S in the East Village has become mainstream. Despite our lasting success, we remain committed to the fundamental guidelines that we set years ago for great innovative designs, the use of the highest materials, and excellent craftsmanship.