Acknowledging the Pioneers
Now, where to begin? MP has hundreds of products that have been designed at their New York City studio. Nearly 40 years of street, bike, skate, and urban-ready pieces to choose from. As a team, trying to make sense of it all was difficult, until we narrowed in on the truest one thing, the key to Manhattan Portage’s identity, and innovation that made the brand big in New York, and then everywhere across the globe – they are the pioneers of the bicycle messenger.
We’d design a piece to acknowledge Manhattan Portage’s role in making the messenger a new category, an icon and symbol of what it meant to be a bike messenger in the ’80s. The shoulder bag carried high on the back, made New York tough, designed so the user can be agile and free.
Admit it, we all wanted to be a bicycle messenger back in the day, one of those hard-nosed demons peeling through grids of yellow cabs, at least for a fleeting moment.
But the messenger bag has so much more function than those of the two-wheeled persuasion. They’re epic for urban exploring, traveling, office life, and daily adventures. So we’d take it and dial it up a notch. Design a messenger that would be all the good things that make a messenger great, then weave in more refinement, more function, more X-factor.