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Events, Gear Talk, The Lowdown


May 5, 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that we have once again partnered with the wonderful folks at the XCEL Energy Center to handcraft and provide a Duluth Pack bag for upcoming artist and performer, Ellie Goulding!

Today, Thursday, May 5th, some of the Duluth Pack team will be headed down to St. Paul, MN to hand deliver the finalized product handcrafted just for her. Want to know which product she is getting? Click HERE to shop it!

Over the last few years, Duluth Pack has handcrafted packs for performers at the XCEL Energy Center like:

Mumford and Sons. Buy their style of bag HERE .

Hozier. Buy his style of bag HERE .

All Jingle Ball 2015 performers including, Demi Lovato. Buy her style of item HERE .

Maroon 5. Buy their style of bag HERE .

Dave Matthews Band. Buy their style of bag HERE .

Those are to name a few. Now that it is 2016, we’re more ready than ever to continue handcrafting more bags for A-list performers and entertainers.

Who do you want to see Duluth Pack handcraft a bag for in the future? We’d love to hear!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk


April 28, 2016

Duluth Pack customer meet your craftsperson, craftsperson meet your customer!

At Duluth Pack, our sewers, cutters & riveters take unbelievable pride in their artwork and craftsmanship. You won’t find a more talented and dedicated group of artists who care more about perfecting their work. This is why with every handmade Duluth Pack product, you can find the sewer’s name right on the tag. It’s not quality assurance – it’s loving what you do and loving what you make.

You’ve been curious. We know it. Don’t deny. We can almost smell the sense of curiosity. It’s now that time when Duluth Pack is introducing the hardworking employees behind its quality products. Duluth Pack’s craftspeople take so much pride in what they create, that they actually came up with the concept of personally signing each and every bag they produce. Want to know where to find the signature of the sewer who handcrafted your bag just for you? 1) Flip over the “Made in America” tag to find the craftsperson’s signature. 2) Meet them with THIS link. P.s. you can even write them a letter to thank them!

Here it is. Plain, simple, and to the point. This is Duluth Pack’s Motto: T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More! What is the significance behind this quote and what does its involvement mean with this particular blog post today? A LOT!

Here at Duluth Pack we are more than just employees, we’re a team, and ultimately a family. May seem cliche and hey, even slightly corny, but it’s the utter most truth. This segment is about you all getting to know Duluth Pack beyond just the canvas and leather products. It’s time to meet the hard working people behind the packs who handcraft day in and day out the products you purchase!

We’ve asked questions regarding the company, favorite Duluth Pack product, and yes, even the personal mush gush questions that every one is always a little curious about knowing, even if they won’t admit it at first. So, without a further a do, here are some of the women and men who make up the Duluth Pack team. (And please feel free to give anyone of them a hard time for their guilty pleasure!) . Click THIS link to read up on the people behind the packs!

So, who handcrafted your Duluth Pack? Comment their name below!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Canoeing, Gear Talk, Trip Planning


April 25, 2016


| A few canoe pack choices – Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Option 4 | Bug Repellent | Hat | Soap |

The time is around the corner and we’re thrilled here at Duluth Pack.

Don’t wait to the wire, get focused, outfitted and prepared for the best wilderness adventure that the North can produce. Today’s post, we’re wanting you to be proactive about your upcoming camping and canoeing travels and why Duluth Pack’s retail store in Canal Park, is your one stop shop for everything, including BWCAW permits. Permits are available on May 1st, 2016 at the Duluth Pack retail store (365 Canal Park Drive).

Fun fact of the day: Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world. Thank you to every single one of you. We have been able to hold this title for quite some time, because of you trusting Duluth Pack to outfit you the right and best way possible.

For over 134 continuous years, we’ve been proud to say our roots as a brand and company started with being the original Boundary Waters canoe pack. Even though we have expanded our line into lifestyle, hunting, business, back to school, and collaborations, we still keep the outdoors near and dear, especially the Boundary Waters territory.

Whether you’re a seasonal regular or new to the bush, you want to look the part, feel the part and simply be the part of a BWCAW visitor. Duluth Pack can style you out with the most appropriate apparel pieces, bug sprays, food savers and any other camping and canoeing accessories you find crucial for your excursion.

Feel free to give our lovely customer service team a call at: 218-722-1707 for any questions regarding BWCAW, take a stroll into the Duluth Pack store located at 365 Canal Park Drive, or our easy and accessible website at! The featured photo is from our photography friend, Bailey Aro.

Happy Camping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk


April 18, 2016



Last week, Duluth Pack was ecstatic to announce that they have launched two new canvas hue to their line – purple and grey canvas.

For over the last year, Duluth Pack’s customers have been mentioning how they want a new assortment of hues in the Duluth Pack line and very specific on both a deep purple color and a neutral grey tone. They asked for it and now their handcrafting it!

For the first few days, the two tones are available in the brand’s top selling products. Within the upcoming week, all items will be available in both selections.

Want to see the collection? Visit our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN (365 Canal Park Drive) or hop online and go to our site at

Happy Shopping!

From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


April 11, 2016

Hi, friends!

Thanks for stopping by. Today we have put together a survey on what you want to see from Duluth Pack in the future. There are ten questions referring to blog post idea, new product concepts, email subscription blasts, and more!

We greatly appreciate what you have to say and we want to hear it!

To access the 10 question survey please click HERE . Please note, all questions and surveys will be confidential to Duluth Pack and none of your personal information will be shared to the public at anytime.

Photo by professional blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


April 7, 2016
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Everything makes a comeback at some point and wool is certainly here to stay for good. Duluth Pack’s Classic Buffalo Check Plaid has been the hot seller this past year and we don’t see it stopping anytime soon in the future. Whether you’re speed walking in the crowded streets of New York City, sipping on drinks at a local eatery in Los Angeles, or complimenting your layered outfit in Minneapolis, Duluth Pack is sure to be the best accessory. Forewarning, you will get complimented, so be prepared! The wool material is from the established Woolrich brand and radiates an instant cool vibe with the one-of-a-kind detailing and craftsmanship you expect from Duluth Pack. In multiple styles, bags, and unique designs, it’s sure to please the eyes (and even your wallet!).

Due to the high demand and requests, we have recently launched new styles in the classic wool pattern. Check out the new designs right here .

Photo by our friend Megan at CastleMaker Creative .

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


April 4, 2016

Today we have extremely exciting news to share with you all.

We are so ecstatic to finally announce that Duluth Pack has a craft beer!

The fantastic folks at Fitger’s Brewhouse Brewery and Grille crafted the Duluth Pack Pale Ale!

You’re invited to take the first tastes before it officially launches at The North Face Event we are hosting on April 14th at the Duluth Pack Retail Store!

If you want more information on the Duluth Pack The North Face Event , please feel free to visit our Facebook Event Page .

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Cheers! – From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


March 31, 2016

It’s that time of year, when some of us (I sure know I do) get antsy and need to thaw out from the frigid Northern cold that blows off of Lake Superior.  It is when you need to chime into your animal spirits ways, become a bird, and fly south for the winter. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, it’s almost that easy and Duluth Pack is here to help you out!

Our Duluth Pack Daypacks, Totes, Shell Bags, Duffles, Portfolios, and Scout Packs are sure to help the travel process be more happy and less hectic. Can you say, “Hello, best carryon of my life!”. Duluth Packs are handcrafted to take on that extra TLC or also known as travel beatings. With our stylish seams, tough as nails rivets, durable fabrics, and time tested way, you just can’t beat a Duluth Pack as your new and improved travel buddy. Take note, we like pretzels over peanuts.

We look forward to all the future trips and adventures with you all. Where to next?

Photo by: @dreaming_outloud and @Bryce_miller

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown


March 28, 2016

Duluth Pack . Two words and one big history.

The brand, Duluth Pack has been proudly around since 1882, which makes us the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA. The company’s products from canoe packs, to business portfolios and purses alike, have been passed down from generations, telling a story of where they have been and what they have held. In the Duluth Pack flagship store, located in Canal Park in Duluth, MN, there are plenty of products that have tested the lifetime guarantee warranty on craftsmanship and hardware. One olive drab portfolio, showcases it’s battle markings after being deployed to overseas. Another, getting jolted by the direct hit of lightening and still staying in a pack-like-shape. The third, being scratched and bit by a hungry black bear, yet still a pack to carry contents in.

When some hear the words Duluth Pack , a canvas pack comes to mind, but the Duluth Pack brand is more than just that. Duluth Pack prides itself on the infamous statement, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”. The 133 year old company has been making products the same way, each handcrafted by one sewer, riveted with original techniques, and cut with precision on the highest quality of American leather, canvas, and wool around. Once each bag, specifically made just for you is complete, the sewer signs their signature. This is a personal expression that the Duluth Pack brand prides itself on that’s unique and promotes their skillful employees.

The Duluth Pack factory is available for tours on a weekly basis. They are open Monday – Thursday. Please call ahead to reserve a tour spot. The factory is located at 1610 W. Superior St in Duluth, MN where Duluth Pack has been handcrafting bags and packs in the same and only Duluth Pack factory for over 104 years. Now that’s impressive!

The Duluth Pack retail store is located in energetic Canal Park in Duluth, MN. The Duluth Pack selection at the retail store includes all products in all colors, canvas, wool, and leather options. There are other well-known brands available for purchase such as, The North Face, Patagonia, Hydroflask, Merrell, Keen, Smartwool, Pendleton, Camelback, and many more.

With age comes wisdom and Duluth Pack has a history and story to share.

Photo by our friends: @Dreaming_outloud and @Bryce_Miller – follow them on Instagram!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk


March 24, 2016


| Duffel Bag: Elite Series Sportsman’s Duffel | Tote: Elite Series Sportsman’s Tote | Purse: Elite Series Shell Bag |






Hey readers! Today’s post we want to introduce you to one of our great model and blogger friends, Courtney. Over the last year and half, Courtney has been working with the Duluth Pack team for photo shoots, features, and social media shoutouts. Here’s our fun opportunity for you all to get to know her a little bit better beyond the snap shots she rocks.

“Hello Loves,

My name is Courtney Steeves. I am a 21 year old lifestyle blogger from the small town of Rogers, Minnesota. About three years ago I moved to Minneapolis and started college at the University of Minnesota. While sitting in my Freshmen dorm, I decided I needed a space to share my thoughts and get creative. The required general classes that I was taking at the time were great, but they did not give me the creative outlet I so badly needed. With that thought/need, my blog, With Love And Light was born. Almost two years later, With Love And Light has opened the door to more opportunities than I ever thought possible. Blogging has become my form of expression and I am loving every moment of this new life journey.

Now that you know my story, I believe we should take this opportunity to get to know each other a little more! Here are ten random facts about me that only my closest friends would know:

1. I have wanted a puppy of my own since I was 15, but my parents always said no. So, for my fifteenth birthday they bought me a chinchilla. Her name is Lilly.

2. I have an obsession with mugs. I only drink out of mugs.

3. I am SUPER ticklish. Tickle me and I will end up hitting and/or kicking you.

4. I wore one pair of boots from Anthropologie all throughout high school. They have been repaired four different times because I wore holes into the soles over and over again.They now live on a shelf in my room and only come out for VERY special occasions.

5. Green tea + milk puts me to sleep.

6. I am a greenbelt in karate. Watch out!

7. Night games are still one of my favorite things to do in the summer. Sardines!

8. I cannot spell to save my life. Honestly, it is really bad.

9. I have only attempted to die my hair myself one time in my life. That was also the only time I have ever had orange hair. Oops.

10. I have been through some beautiful and some not so beautiful moments in my life. I am an open book. I want to be that person people can turn to. Talk to me about anything and I will give you the best advice I can.

There it looks like we are now close friends!

Much Love,


Thanks for stopping by and we hoped you all enjoyed meeting another person behind the packs here at Duluth Pack. Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack