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From the Forests of PA to the Streets of NYC: Woolrich + Manhattan Portage Announce Collaboration

Woolrich, Pennsylvania, For Immediate Release — 2013 marks Woolrich’s 183rd anniversary of making wool in the United States. It also marks the 30th anniversary of Manhattan Portage’s founding. The two Mid-Atlantic brands have teamed up to create a collection of Manhattan Portage’s most popular designs featuring wool from the storied Woolrich Woolen mill.

“Manhattan Portage has always made functional and durable packs and we’re proud to be a part of its milestone celebration,” said Patrick Nebiolo, Woolrich Executive Vice President. “They have selected some of our most classic wools for a collection that reflects the best from both our brands.”


From the forests of Pennsylvania to the streets of New York City, the Woolrich + Manhattan Portage collection of packs, bags, purses, messenger bags, and waist bags feature two traditional Woolrich wool designs; Buffalo Check, the classic Woolrich pattern and Pea Coat, the same fabric used for the West Point Cadet’s jacket.

Woolrich has been producing Buffalo Check fabrics from its mill, the nation’s longest continually operating woolen mill, since the mid-1800’s. It has since become a hallmark of the brand and beloved by outdoorsmen and women around the world. This collaborative collection features the classic Buffalo Check fabrics in three colors, the archetypal red/black, along with white/ black, and navy/black. Prices for the bag styles range from $49 – $95.

The Woolrich + Manhattan Portage collection is available today on and beginning next will be available on

The Woolrich collaboration is one of a series that Manhattan Portage executed in celebration of its 30th Anniversary, which also included G-Shock, Keith Haring, and Sanrio/Hello Kitty, among others.

About Woolrich
Since 1830, Woolrich has made clothing for Americans to do their jobs and follow their passions outdoors. Founded by John Rich on the simple idea of making the best quality woolens for area woodsmen and settlers, Woolrich is now recognized around the world as The Original Outdoor Clothing Company. Woolrich carries on the tradition of its founder by making purposeful products for people to enjoy and explore the outdoors. The Woolrich Woolen Mill, located at the company’s headquarters in Woolrich, Pennsylvania, is the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the United States, producing renown made in USA woolen fabrics sold to discerning brands worldwide. Learn more about Woolrich, its apparel, fabrics, accessories, home and outdoor products at

About Manhattan Portage
Manhattan Portage has been designing and producing urban lifestyle bags since 1983 when it pioneered the manufacture of authentic messenger bags used by New York City’s bicycle messengers. The company’s iconic red label emblazoned with an outline of New York’s famous skyline now appears on several collections of bags and accessories available in a wide range of styles, fabrics and prices. A reliable, tested and versatile companion on the streets- Manhattan Portage is New York Tough.

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