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CLASSIC WOOL, CLASSIC PRODUCTS

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 .

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DULUTH PACK PALE ALE

April 4, 2016
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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

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ADVENTURES AHEAD

March 31, 2016
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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!

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MORE THAN CANVAS AND LEATHER PRODUCTS

March 28, 2016
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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!

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MEET THE MODEL – COURTNEY

March 24, 2016
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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,

Courtney”

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

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NEW COLLECTION: MOSSY OAK BOTTOMLAND CANVAS!

March 17, 2016
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Duluth Pack is mostly known in the Northland region where we are located as the original BWCAW pack. That is a phrase we are proud to keep near and dear to our hearts. However, we have another outside activity we have been known for outfitting since the 1800’s and that is the hunting community. One of our most beloved lifestyle bag styles is the Shell category. It’s the perfect purse or cross body for most that comes with an effortlessly cool vibe. However, it first originated and was designed for carrying shotgun shells, hence the bag’s name of The Shell . Each shell bag is named by it’s size. Example: #50 Shell, #100 Shell, #200 Shell, #200 Double Shell, and the list goes on. The purse’s are not in numerical order, because it sounds organized, but because they are handcrafted on how many shells they can hold. Interesting isn’t it?

Within the last few years, we have grown a tremendous relationship with legendary camo company, Mossy Oak . We are so happy we are able to call this Southern brand a great friend. You may remember we launched a previous collection with them focusing on their Break-Up camo pattern, which received great praise. Now we are ready to increase the excitement once again and focus on our top-selling styles in the lifestyle and hunting categories and introduce the Bottomland print!

These styles will be available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at DuluthPack.com.

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– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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10 REASONS WE LOVE WHERE WE WORK

March 7, 2016
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Each and every day we truthfully love what we do. Sure, somedays like a Monday can be hard to get out of your warm bed and drive to work (especially in a winter storm) . But, once we arrive and are surrounded by the constant energy, we’re so happy where we are able to call our career. Every employee of Duluth Pack has a different story to tell and that’s what not only keeps it fun, but different day in and day out. So it made sense for us to do a round up of 10 reasons we love where we work.

1) Location.

As human beings, we hear the phrase, “Location. location. location.” That’s exactly what we are focusing on in point number one of why we love where we work. Out of anywhere our headquarters could be located, Duluth, MN is exactly where we want to be. For 134 continuous years in business and existence, Duluth Pack has called Duluth, MN home. We are so proud of where we are, that we not only put the location in our name, but on our logo we also states the geographical area too. We love this area and you bet your bottom dollars we have another 134 + continuous years here.

2) Title.

Duluth is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA. This title that we hold is not only something we are proud of, but one that we are extremely humbled by. The fact Duluth Pack has been continuously around since 1882 is something that makes us rub our eyes real hard and recognize that it is pretty great to be the one, the only, and the original.

3) Ethics.

Being with a company that focuses on not only the needs of the business, but it’s employees is absolutely ideal. That is what we have all found with the Duluth Pack company. Even with the growth, the Duluth Pack employees meet weekly to discuss concepts, ideas, plans, and situations that we can improve, grow, or develop from. This is incredible, because everyone from all aspects of the brand – production, marketing, shipping, customer service, retail, outside sales, etc – can speak up and describe what they are seeing or hearing. This puts everyone at an even playing field and that everyone is heard regardless of what their business card says their position is.

4) People.

Duluth Pack is always so great as sharing how close we are with our customers. Something many people don’t see or always hear about is how close the Duluth Pack employees are. Actually, we call ourselves one big family. Whether we are taking lunch breaks together, enjoying coffee, having after work get togethers, or just sitting down and bonding over something personal, we consider ourselves one big team.

5) Customers.

Our customers are the most loyal, the most supportive, and the most adventurous people we know. We are so grateful for every customer who has ever purchased a sticker to someone who has invested in one of our duffle bags. Our customers we consider friends and are second to none. Every single individual who purchased something from Duluth Pack allows us to keep doing what we love every single day and that’s helping you all invest in the best Made in America canvas and leather products on the market.

6) Products.

We may sounds bias or brief in a way, but our story is as simple and powerful and that goes for our products as well. Each product we may is not to life a fragile life. Our products want to explore, travel and adventure with you and that means we need to handcraft the most durable, but stylish packs and bags we can. Every single Duluth Pack handcrafted item comes with a lifetime guarantee on all craftsmanship and hardware. In simple text, that’s our rivets, buckles, zippers, and sewing seams. If you want to read more on our Lifetime Guarantee please click HERE . Lastly, every single Duluth Pack handcrafted item not only comes with a lifetime guarantee, but is signed by the craftsperson who created it just for you. Don’t know where to find their name? Look for the Duluth Pack and Made in America tag inside your Duluth Pack item. Flip over the Duluth Pack tag and it will reveal the craftsperson’s signature. If you’re in the Duluth area, please stop by our factory for a free tour to meet them. If not, click HERE to read their fun bios!

7) Discounts.

Obviously you want to be passionate of the products and brand you work for, but it’s even better when your work gives you a nice and generous discount to enjoy as well. We won’t be sharing an percentages, but let’s say that we are treated very well. Not only do we get to enjoy discounts on the Duluth Pack handcrafted products, but also on all the items sold in our retail store in Canal Park from other brands we carry, like The North Face, Patagonia, and Darn Tough socks, too!

8) Growth.

Finding not only a job, but a career with a company that is growing can be rare. Not only is Duluth Pack growing each day, but knowing that there is potential to grow not only in our positions, but within our departments is crucial. It’s a relief to know that the company you love to work for loves what you do and wants to work with your wants and needs as well.

9) Collaborations.

Collaborations and partnerships between bloggers, influencers, celebrities, venues, and other brands not only is hard work, but it’s an absolute hoot for all involved. With months or even up to a year in advance, Duluth Pack’s PR and Marketing teams are working day in and day out of who we can collaborate with to handcraft new collections that leave you all drooling and wanting more. Can you guess what are next projects are? P.s. we just launched The Times Collection last Thursday with Faribault Woolen Mills wool. Check it out HERE .

10) American.

Duluth Pack is an American company proudly employing Americans. Not only do we handcraft our American made products in Duluth, MN, but we also have our own Distribution Center (shipping center), our own in-house customer service team, our own marketing team, and an entire 8,500 square foot retail store that employs not only Americans, but Minnesotans. Also, Duluth Pack sources materials, like our leather in the states as well. Our leathers are from the Dakotas and Nebraska and then are tanned in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Again, more Americans helping other Americans. It’s always full circle for us.

We hope you enjoyed the inside scoop on what it’s like to work at Duluth Pack. We can’t wait for all the future adventures with you all and greatly appreciate your loyalty and support. Want to be a part of the Duluth Pack team? Apply HERE .

– From your pals at Duluth Pack

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THE TIMES COLLECTION IS HERE!

March 3, 2016
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Introducing the new Duluth Pack Collection, The Times!

Durably and carefully handcrafted Made in America Duluth Pack products with beautiful black and white plaid printed wool from Faribault Woolen Mills. It puts a timeless twist on the classic Red and Black wool collection we currently handcraft. With structured designs, timeless details, and top-notch quality, the new Times Collections is one to purchase before it is gone. Available both in store and online at duluthpack.com!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK CAREER POSITIONS

February 25, 2016

We as a company and individuals are so excited to announce that Duluth Pack continues to grow each and every day. With this, we have new career positions available within the company that involve, buying, retail, customer service, and production. Apply HERE .

Also, we are ecstatic to officially announce that because of our demand of handcrafted American products, Duluth Pack will be employing an entire second shift with production. Thank you to all of our amazing followers, subscribers, and ultimately customers who allow us to do what we love every single day. Without you, we wouldn’t be the “Oldest canvas and leather bag maker in the USA”. For 134 continuous years and counting, we have stuck our feet to American soil and dug through the hard times. We are proud to say we are an American company employing Americans and that will never change. Not only are all Duluth Pack items handcrafted carefully and durably in America, but we also source American products to employ as many hard working and dedicated Americans as possible around this amazing country. That has always been our mission and it always will be.

So, here’s to you all and to another wonderful and successful 134 years!

– From your very appreciative friends at Duluth Pack

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BUFFALO CHECK IS BACK

January 21, 2016
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Everything makes a comeback at some point and wool is certainly here to stay for good.

Last season, we heard over and over about the so called, “Lumbersexual” trend that rocked our country. Now if you ask us Northerns, this classic buffalo check print, bearded faces, and waxed canvas coats have been around since we can remember. It’s almost a part of our identity. Since the look has now gone mainstream, many are realizing that the timeless red and black buffalo check print is worth the investment. We couldn’t agree more.

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Now introducing in 2016 the All Wool Grab N Go ! It comes with the same style as the original all canvas style, but with a little extra something to store either your hygiene products, pencils, or lip glosses. Plus, the price isn’t going to make your uncomfortable either.

If you’re looking for more of a pack style, we’ve got you. The Classic Wool pattern is available in many of our styles, like The Roll-Top Scout Pack , Scout Pack , #50 Shell Bag , and the Sportsman’s Tote Bag .

Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack