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YES, WE “CANE”!

October 22, 2015
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Cane we do it? Yes, we cane! Now, before you think, “Hey Duluth Pack, you spelt the word can wrong!” just know it was intentional. Why would we do that? Well, because we partnered up with widely known Duluth and award winning photographer, Amanda Cane from Jane Cane Photography, that’s why!

Whether you have visited Duluth, Minnesota or not, it’s legendary for the fall season. The crisp and fresh air, the noise of Lake Superior slapping against the rocks, and the gorgeous vibrant colors of auburns, burnt oranges, bright reds, and stunning yellows on each leaf. It’s almost mystical. So, to enjoy the most breathtaking season that nature has given us here in the northland, we wanted to enjoy it to full capacity. On a weekday, Amanda trotted out with her sidekick camera, All American models, two fuzzy pups (seriously how adorable are they?!) and packs on packs on packs from no other than us, of course!

PRODUCTS FEATURED IN THE SHOOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE INCLUDE:

1) DULUTH PACK ALL WOOL SCOUT PACK AVAILABLE HERE

2) DULUTH PACK RED WING LOGO MUG AVAILABLE HERE

3) DULUTH PACK MARKET TOTE AVAILABLE HERE

4) DULUTH PACK WOMEN’S 3/4 LENGTH LOGO SHIRT AVAILABLE HERE

5) DULUTH PACK LOGO MUG AVAILABLE HERE

6) DULUTH PACK MEDIUM SPORTSMANS DUFFEL AVAILABLE HERE

7) DULUTH PACK TRAVERSE CROSSBODY BAG AVAILABLE HERE

This shoot for us was a serious treat. Not only is Amanda a genuine human being and unbelievable photographer, but she is a customer of Duluth Pack! She knows how to capture the essence of our brand and promote the raw products just as they are – no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Check out her website HERE and make sure to book her for your next photoshoot. Trust us, you’ll thank us you did!

A special thanks to Amanda from Jane Cane Photography. We are very grateful to have worked with you!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

LIMITED EDITION BAG – AVAILABLE NOW!

October 19, 2015
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We’ve been anxiously awaiting this day and we can barely stand how excited we are! For the first time ever, Duluth Pack is making limited edition bag that was first handcrafted for an entertain. Today, Duluth Pack launched the exclusively sold online ( www.duluthpack.com ) Duluth Pack x Trampled By Turtles Scout Pack! Yes, YOU can now own the limited edition bag today!

The Limited Edition Duluth Pack x Trampled by Turtles Scout Pack is only available for limited time in the Scout Pack style with Olive Drab canvas. The Trampled by Turtles logo is embroidered in a light whitish hue displayed on this inside. Dress like your favorite Duluth based band now!

Enjoy folks!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style

NEW BAG. NEW EXCITEMENT.

October 15, 2015
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Introducing a new style of bag brings the feeling of butterflies in your gut. It’s a huge moment where we expose a new goodie to the market and hope everyone loves it just as much as we do.

That time has come again and the entire Duluth Pack crew is beyond pumped to announce the All Wool Promo Tote – Envelope Style. It’s the perfect little tote to carry your lunch to and from work, the carry all purse for shopping, or the ideal gift bag package to slip in a present. Talk about perfect timing before the holiday, eh?!

The all over Classic Buffalo Check Wool is purchased from our friends at Woolrich and is a timeless pattern that compliments men and women both young and old. The best part? This tote is Made in America, comes with a Lifetime Guarantee, handcrafted with quality wool, and is only $50! Get your paws on this must-have today! Shop it both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive in Duluth, MN or online HERE .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

WE’RE OLD. WE KNOW. WE LOVE IT.

October 12, 2015
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AGING.

If you did not know, you do now. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. How old? 133 years and aging!

Aging. Is it taboo? Is it to be ashamed of? Is it to run like Forrest Gump from? Or is is something to embrace?

It’s a word with so much power behind it and sadly it’s mostly considered a negative in society. Duluth Pack takes a 180 degree spin on things (don’t get dizzy now!) . We take pride in aging. Uh huh, that’s right. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! I mean, REAL old. We’ve been around since 1882!

We consider our packs somewhat like a person. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart or lungs flow oxygen through the body of the pack, but it has structure, proof of a well lived generation, can communicate stories, and yes, it even ages .

In more cases than not, many of our employees who have owned packs 10 + years are constantly asked if their well worn Duluth Pack can be purchased. Total shocker on society’s aging concepts, right?! Duluth Pack’s products still keep their heritage feel and look with a well loved charm once broken in. Now, you Duluth Pack customers (you’re all the best and thank you for your support and business) understand this! It’s almost like Duluth Pack is a good wine, it just gets better with age.

As Duluth Pack’s President, Tom Sega states, “My Duluth Pack ages better than I am!”. Anyone else have this feeling, too? Another aspect a Duluth Pack product is similar to a person is how to treat the item after it has turned the corner and is considered “aged”. Like an individual, we use anti-aging or beauty brands that we believe make us look our age, but, well better . With Duluth Pack products, if your item is a waxed canvas, we recommend over time re-waxing the item. Locking moisture in and preserving the pack to the highest abilities. Also, our leather products are literally skin, too. As some individuals do, they moisturize with a lotion, body butter, or some kind of vaseline to keep their skin from peeling, breaking, or down right hurting < i> (especially during these harsh winter months) . With our quality leather products, there is also a “cure” for the same outcomes! Check out our selection of leather conditioners and cleaners at www.duluthpack.com and at 365 Canal Park Drive.

Now that are within the first 2 months of the 2015 new year, some people may have put “look younger” as their resolution. We want to preserve age, wear and tear, and mostly the original appeals of what attracts people to Duluth Pack. We aren’t the shiny and in your face, but we radiate quality. Whether a customer is interested in our original canoe packs in olive drab, to a client wanting the bison leather portfolio items we sell, all Duluth Pack’s age. Our parting words with you today will be, “be like your Duluth Pack and flaunt our aging!”

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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HE HAS IT – SO CAN YOU!

September 28, 2015
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Today’s blog post is one we have been waiting to do! We officially have an artist who is showing off their Duluth Pack! Who exactly? Hozier – that’s who!

The extremely talented songwriter and artist recently performed at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul, MN. Again, Duluth Pack was able to partner up with close buds, XCEL Energy Center and custom embroider the Duluth Pack Urban Pack for him. Before the fun and festive night began, Hozier was hand delivered the handcrafted Duluth Pack.

The Urban Pack that Hozier was gifted is a traditional style pack with an urban twist. The Urban Pack is great for a day trip or back and forth on campus. It features a spacious interior, two snap enclosure front pockets, a water bottle pouch on one side, and a snap enclosure pocket on the other. Basically, the hardiest and most rugged / contemporary pack we have ever designed. Shop the pack HERE .

THE URBAN PACK

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Here’s to celebrities, campers, hikers, business folk and every one else in between to enjoying Duluth Pack products!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Testimonials

MEETS YOUR CRAFTSPERSON

September 24, 2015
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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

Gear Talk

FOR A LIFETIME

September 14, 2015
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We hear, nothing is for free these days. FALSE. We’re shaking that statement up a bit. How? Well, each handcrafted Duluth Pack product comes with a free Lifetime Guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware. Duluth Pack is so proud of the quality products and goods we use and create, that we gladly offer a lifetime warranty of craftsmanship and hardware.

What does that mean? Craftsmanship includes our sewing and riveting. Hardware includes all zippers, buckles, d-rings, snaps, and other metal parts utilized on our bags. In a nutshell, the production of the pack. If anytime in the life of your Duluth Pack product you have problems in these areas, return the product and it will be repaired free of charge. (Yes, that’s how much we believe in our product!) If the product cannot be repaired due to a defect in craftsmanship or faulty hardware, we will be happy to replace the item. However, 9 / 10 times most people will do anything to have their original Duluth Pack repaired, due to the memories, history, and adventures the customer and pack have made together. Please note: Damages not covered under warranty can be repaired at a minimal cost.

Your Duluth Pack item is designed and crafted to provide you with a lifetime of use and love. To wrap it all up, Duluth Pack is a premium, quality filled, Made in America product that comes with a lifetime guarantee. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Duluth Pack is not responsible for common wear or misuse of your product. Normal fabric or leather wear, or misuse is not covered by warranty.

Check out our selection of product at our flagship store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN (FREE parking in back) and or our website at www.duluthpack.com.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

SWEATER WEATHER

September 10, 2015
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Fall is right around the corner and it’s time to start investing in pieces that will take you from desk to drinks in a snap. The pumpkin lattes are flowing, temperatures are dropping, sweaters are a necessity, and fall activities are approaching.

Below are a few products that we consider crucial for all, regardless if you live on the East Coast, West Coast, South, or right here in the Midwest!

1) A good pack (obviously) . We’re starting off with the essential. I mean, hello, we make them!

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The all around top-seller, best in game, awe-worthy pack is the Duluth Pack Roll-Top Scout Pack. It’s ready for any adventure that comes its way, works for both men and women, is versatile, stylish and holds a whole lot of stuff. Shop this canvas creation HERE .

Want to be a little rebellious and step out with major bag game? Seek out our All Wool Roll-Top in a Classic Wool pattern HERE .

A good pair of denim is darn nice. They mold to your body, dress up or down, and transition between the seasons flawlessly. Below are a few pieces that we recommend for men and women.

FOR HIM…

1) Tall, dark, and handsome. Do we need to say more? Link HERE .

2) They are basically sweatpants combined with denim material. Can you say, “Dynamic Duo”? Check them out HERE .

FOR HER…

1) Distressed boyfriend jeans. Yes, yes, yes. Get yours hands on them HERE .

2) Probably the coolest graphic print denim we have ever laid eyes on. Jeans available HERE .

Apparently, we are creatures of habit. We stick to the basics, go for the familiar, and don’t stray from the standard. It’s time to mix it up a little . Rather then going for the typical moccasin that he, she, and everyone in between owns, get the pumped up version. THESE Minnetonka Moccasin Hi Top Boots are just the trick. Hey, you, gentlemen. Yes, you. We didn’t forget about you! THIS Minnetonka Moccasin Slipper is what you have been looking for.

It’s sweater weather, or better known in the Northland as.. sweatshirt time! No one wants to pay a pretty penny for a sweatshirt, but rather get a good deal and wear the heck out of it for years to come. We’ve got the answer for you. Best part? It’s unisex! Check out the $35.00 Logo Crew Neck Sweatshirt HERE

Happy shopping, friends! Stay warm, enjoy the crisp fall air, and drink up your yummy lattes! Thank you to our friends at, Duluth Loves Local for the fantastic photo!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

MY DULUTH PACK SAVED MY LIFE

August 31, 2015
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They are the most humbling of stories when we hear that Duluth Pack products have impacted people’s lives for the better. Whether that be helping through portages, assisting by carrying books to class or we actually save someone’s life. Today’s post is based on an email that our team recently received this past month from one of our customers. It made our jaw’s drop and gave us gigantic goosebumps. Get ready for a story of a lifetime!

Please note: The customer has given Duluth Pack the approval to share her story with her Duluth Pack along with the photos to prove her point.

Hello Duluth Pack – I am sure like most reviews and comments in emails you receive, there may be more negative than positive comments. However, if you give me a few moments I would like to tell you a story.

My name is Megan Thun I am 25 years old and I was born and raised in Silver Bay, MN just North of Duluth. For years I have wanted a Duluth Pack and never had the funds to buy one after all the college tuition and rent bills. I envied those who had them, and assured myself that I would spoil myself one day with a forest green Duluth Pack. Another year passed and it just was not a necessity, just a luxury.

So last fall I put Duluth Pack on my Christmas list (That my aunt requires me to do). I don’t like asking for gifts, so Christmas lists are low on priority shelf. However, I thought to myself “Why not?”.

Then Christmas came around. I opened a box from my aunt, and low and behold, a forest green Duluth Pack sat in the folds of wrapping paper. I fell in love immediately! It was perfect, it smelled great, and felt comfortable on my shoulder. I cleaned my stuff out of my old bag that night and switched my essentials over to the pack.

Now, when I get into a vehicle to drive I don’t take my purse or bag off. It has something to do with comfort and snugness in the driver’s seat. All my relatives think it is weird. Which leads me to the rest of the story.

On January 7th 2015, I drove my sisters dog to the vetrinarian in Ely, MN. It had snowed early in the morning and the woods were beautiful, but the roads were a tad slippery. So I took my time up to Ely. I dropped my sisters dog off and headed back to Silver Bay slow but sure. I was thinking of going snowshoeing when I got back, but it was rather cold that day (a balmy -20 degrees). I was about half way in between Silver Bay and Ely on Hwy 1, when my back wheels hit a patch of black ice. I took my foot off the brake and let the car slow down and drive out of the slippery patch. But nothing helped. My car was fish tailing around the corner. When I looked up my heart sank… A logging truck was coming around the corner and my car was slipping right into its path.

I turned the car enough to miss the front of the logging truck, but it was not enough. When I realized I was not going to miss the trailer of the logging truck I let go of the steering wheel and closed my eyes. I figured, that was it. In those split seconds I remember thinking “Nobody lives through these accidents.” (please don’t stop reading).

I opened my eyes and relized I had made it out of the accident with my life. My car was in pieces on the highway and I had no windsheild. Miraculously I had no cuts or scrapes. My driver’s side door looked like a crumpled piece of paper. Luckily, my arm was tucked between me and my Duluth Pack. It was a buffer between the tangled metal mess just inches away from me. It saved my arm from injury or worse possibilities. I thank God that I had it with me that day and did not take a wallet instead. I sat in the freezing cold for and hour and twenty minutes, waiting to be cut out of the car that held me prisoner.

When the EMT’s finally cut the car apart and freed me and EMT told me to sit very still (standard medical percautions; in case of brain or spinal injury). I remember him saying “We’re going to take your purse and put it in the Sherriff’s vehicle. (He grabbed the Duluth Pack and pulled). I informed him that it was attached to me over the shoulders. He then yelled to one of the other EMT’s that were there, “Someone get me the cutting shears!”

They say in times of stress you forget your reactions or how you handle situations. This time was one of them. I cannot recall if I said this next sentence with poise or out of straight irritaion. I said, “No! You can pull it over my head and slide it off, but don’t you cut it!” (the poor EMT got the brunt of my reaction, and I am sure he thought I was crazy. I was possibly injured, trapped in a car, and freezing, and still barking orders.) The EMT oblidged and took the Duluth Pack over my head. I cannot recall whether I said thank you, because soon after that they pulled me out of the seat and put me in the ambulance, everything after that gets fuzzy and blurry.

When I got to the hospital I was told I had a dislocated hip. They popped it back in and then I had to have hip surgery to repair the damage. I am just about back to normal now and have little to no pain.

The scratches on my Duluth pack are a constant reminder that I was very close to more serious injuries, not ruling out fatal injuries.

So in conclusion I would like to personally thank you for making such strong reliable bags. They are more than just carriers for us. They are what hold our essentials that makes our lives go around, and they hold memories and emotions that are not visible or tangible in this world. For me my Duluth Pack was a life saver.

Have a great rest of the summer! I am sure the tourists keep you busy! I attached pictures so you have something to pair to the long story I just told you.

Sincerely,

Megan H. Thun

If you have a story with your Duluth Pack, please email our team at: [email protected] and we would love to hear how Duluth Pack has been integrated into your life.

Thank you for your loyalty and support! Please know, our lifetime guarantee can mean more than just the craftsmanship and hardware in our products, as Megan so thoroughly describes. If you’re interested, buy Megan’s style of bag HERE.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

BACK TO REALITY (SCHOOL)

August 24, 2015
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The chaos has begun! Yep, it’s back to school time and Duluth Pack is in full stride to gear your child with what is not just needed but wanted, too! You want your child to have the best and so do we! Hint: That means investing in a Duluth Pack.

Here is a little personal tidbit to add to the posting this morning – I received my first ever Duluth Pack Daypack (Shop mine HERE ) when I was in Elementary School. My father allowed me to choose which hue suited my needs and wants and stated, “Choose your color wisely, because you’ll have it forever”. At the time I didn’t think much of it, I mean I was only six years old. I chose the khaki colored canvas, because it matched my outfit at the time and trotted off with my new prized possession. To this day, I have so many memories with my pack, beyond just being a new back to school piece that all my classmates envied, it has been with me during my Elementary School, Middle School, High School and College studies. Not only that, but it has moved between 3 states, been squashed under airplane seats, crammed in the backseat of cars, and remains a piece I cannot stop using.

A Duluth Pack in general is not just a product that we take to school as a young tyke and not think much of – it’s so much more. The memories between my Duluth Pack and myself are priceless. It’s got my back each and every year.

It’s time for you to invest in the best. You’ll never have to buy your little one another cheap bag again that falls apart in the first 6 months of using. Our lifetime guarantee is something we pride ourselves on and know you can rely on.

Check out our back to school products HERE . It’s time to stop stressing about the deals and steals and buy right the first time.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack