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Local Photographer’s BWCA Image Goes to the Smithsonian

March 13, 2014

Through the years, we’ve been honored to carry photos from Radiant Spirit Gallery at our retail store in Canal Park. The work by Dawn LaPointe has always impressed our customers. It seems that the world has noticed what we’ve known all along; Dawn’s image is going to be featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. starting in September!

Congratulations, Dawn & Radiant Spirit Gallery!

You can see more of their work at their website: http://www.radiantspiritgallery.com/

See the image (taken in the BWCA) below:

"Sunset Paddle," the Image to Be Featured, by Dawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery.

“Sunset Paddle,” the Image to Be Featured, by Dawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery.

Trip Planning

Apostle Island Ice Caves on Lake Superior

February 18, 2014

This winter has been a cold one. Minnesota, and our neighbor, Wisconsin, have been making national news. One story has caused tens of thousands of people to flock to the shoreline of the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior in Wisconsin, about 45 minutes from our factory in Duluth, MN.

These caves are often hiked atop and kayaked through in the warmer months. This winter, they have frozen over and the previously splashing water caused icicles and interesting ice formations.

Here, Esquire magazine covers the phenomenon.

One of our team-members took a trip down to check them out this weekend. Fortunately she went very early and it wasn’t too crowded!

If you’re nearby (or up for a trip!) go check it out. It’ll require a few miles hike, but it’s worth it! Pro-tip: get there as early as possible. Especially if it’s a weekend (9:30AM by the latest).

Have you been there yet? What did you think?

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Style

What We Wear: Leather Lakewalk Tote

February 18, 2014

Our new Leather Lakewalk Tote is a ruggedly beautiful bag. It’ll be your go-to handbag for years to come. Here, we’ve paired it with a sporty-chic outfit. Add a gray turtleneck sweater and some warm Smartwool© socks and you’ll be set for a winter day out-and-about.

Style Board for the Leather Lakewalk Tote

Style Board for the Leather Lakewalk Tote

Hat: Smartwool Beanie
Coat: Zara Wool Coat
Jeans: Levis
Scarf: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
Sunglasses: Warby Parker Quimby
Tennis: Merrell Barefoot Runners

 

The Lowdown

Our Founder Came to Duluth 144 Year Ago Today

February 12, 2014
Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN

Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN. Photo via Duluth Public Library.

Camille Poirer created the first Duluth Pack in 1882. Twelve years before that, he set off to Duluth, MN (our flagship location) from St Paul, MN to start a new life. The trip took him four days “of very cold and suffering,” he wrote, starting Feb. 10th, 1870 and ending on Feb. 13th, 1870. 144 years ago today, he would have been on the 3rd day of his trek.

Via Google Maps

Via Google Maps

Poirer walked from St Paul to Hinckley, MN (a 76.6 mile, 25 hour walk) even though in 1856, he injured his leg in a wood-chopping accident, and it never fully recovered. From Hinckley onward, he rode up to Duluth via stagecoach.

Once he made it to Duluth, Poirer started a shoe shop on Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

In 1882, he was inspired by the voyageurs of the northland, and created a new style of “packsack” which would later be called the Duluth Pack.

Poirer died on October 17, 1919 in Duluth.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.