Last week I attempted to hunt down err, well I don’t really know what it’s called. I see guys around town with small satchels made of canvas and burlap. You know, the kind worn by hipsters wearing metro tight jeans, shirts with patches, biking to a Bright Eyes concert. They’re commonly known as a “murse”, or manpurse. Or as Seinfield says, “A European Carry All!”
Being the gift buying procrastinator that I am didn’t grant me sufficient time to mull about Buffalo Exchange or other area consignment stores. Fortunately a poster over on the “Your Choice” branch of Lonely Planet suggested Manhattan Portage. Turns out they had exactly what I was looking for, and a plethora of other cool urban transport gear.
They carry a selection of backpacks, shoulder bags, “murses”, and laptop bags. Not only are their styles unique, but their service is exception. I called them up Friday to inquire about next day shipping, and after confirming it could be arranged my order was taken right over the phone, and I was guided to style and color suggestions for my recipient. (Rather than being directed back to the web.) Personal service like that deserves a plug. Plus messenger and organizational stuff like that is just too sexy.
Their site is manhattanportage.com And their retail store is at 258 Elizabeth Street, NYC.