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DULUTH PACK X JENNA KUTCHER

April 27, 2015
Duluth Pack

The much anticipated time has come, where extremely talented photographer and wonderfully optimistic, Jenna Kutcher has taken the Duluth Pack brand by storm and has created real magic behind and in front of the camera lens.

It has been such a remarkable experience working and partnering with this award-winning woman. She captivates emotions, the essence of the Duluth Pack brand, and never over glorified the products. It’s a “what you see, is what you get” feel and mentality that we’re thrilled about it! We as a brand are all about the candid, raw, and real life shots that people can engage and relate to by thinking, “Hey, that’s what I do with my Duluth Pack products, too!”.

For this shoot theme we want you to think, “Lost in the woods without a care in the world”. The intimate details, simple touches, and urban vibe are what make Duluth Pack, well, Duluth Pack. The majority of the apparel and accessories pieces are outfitted by the Duluth Pack retail store located at 365 Canal Park Drive in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota! Although please note, all of these items are available at www.duluthpack.com as well!

Here’s a peek of what we’re talking about. Visit Jenna’s website here. This shoot was based around a much needed family time hosted in a rented cabin for the weekend. We’re so grateful we could join in on the memories and do a little R&R with this clan of fantastic faces. Our question to you is, where do you and your Duluth Pack travel to with your family? Cabin life, cruise adventures, or hiking in the forest? All of them sound so ideal!

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Kudos to our great friend and photographer of this shoot, Jenna Kutcher.

– From you friends at Duluth Pack!

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DP TLC

April 20, 2015
DOG HIKE

Cuddles, kisses, snuggles, footsie. Oooh yeah, that’s the good stuff or also known in every day lingo.. TLC.

That’s great and all, but that’s not quite the tender loving care we are discussing today. HOLD IT! Don’t you go anywhere. This read is necessary if you own, borrow, or even thinking of buying or using a Duluth Pack!

We’re all about the touching, holding, caring, and forever love you feel for your Duluth Pack and keep on keepin’ on with it, but we’re discussing how to truthfully “care” and revamp your Duluth Pack to look like a shiny new penny.

Here are some easy peasy guideline and tricks of the trade we here at Duluth Pack have seen work – yes, we are confident about it, because we are time tested for over a century! So, without a further a do, let’s get to the nitty gritty frequently asked questions…READY, SET, GO.

1) How do I clean my Duluth Pack?

We DO NOT recommend putting our packs in a washing machine as it may have the potential to compromise the integrity of the bag. We do recommend washing our packs by hand with a mild detergent (i.e. unscented hand soap, dish detergent, etc.). Please feel free to check out our website with care instructions and a tutorial of how to do so.

2) What do I do if my Duluth Pack gets wet?

It’s life, it happens. Let your pack air dry completely in a well ventilated area. Also remember to condition your leather! Hello, leather is skin. Skin gets dry, so condition it every so often. We recommend our selection of the brand LEXOL that has cleaners and conditions. Available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at www.duluthpack.com.

3) Where do I send my Duluth Pack for repairs?

Bumps and bruised a bit? No worries, we’re here! We may not be St. Nick, but we do work like elves here in our shop! Send your repair to: 1610 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please remember to include a note with your contact information, mailing address, and a description of what repairs you would like us to do. We will give you a call for any estimates, and we will not repair your pack until you approve them. Not to toot our own horn or anything (toot, toot!) but we have been in the same facility for over a century!

Now, these are the top questions/concerns/comments we hear almost on a daily basis. You, our customer and us here at the Duluth Pack team respect and understand the craftsmanship, time, effort, and care it took to not only create that precious bag of yours, but the adventures and memories associated with it. We want you to get the best care possible all around with Duluth Pack and that requires what goes in and on your pack as well.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Events

BEER AND GEAR

April 16, 2015
BEER AND GEAR

Duluth Pack gear, beer and pizza. Can you find a better combo? We think not . Hey Duluthians, come have some fun with us!

Duluth Pack is thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Beer and Gear night hosted at the Duluth Pack retail location in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota on Thursday, April 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 ! We have teamed up with other locally renowned businesses including, Fitger’s Brewhouse and Sammy’s Pizza in Lakeside. There will be free beer tastings from Fitger’s Brewhouse, free pizza from Sammy’s Pizza and raffles from Duluth Pack during the event. We completely understand if you never want to leave, we feel the exact same way, folks! No shame.

We as a company are beyond excited to host Duluth Pack’s 2nd Annual Beer and Gear Night at the Duluth Pack retail store, especially with our friends at Fitger’s Brewhouse and Sammy’s Pizza. It’s great to be promoting local business right here in Duluth and have the community enjoy as well! So, who is in for a little fiesta?

Oh wait, the good news isn’t over quite yet! The Duluth Pack store will have raffles for free Duluth Pack products, in store promotions, along with a scavenger hunt (Trust me, you want to do this!) .

For more information regarding the 2nd Annual Beer and Gear Night at the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park, please like the Beer and Gear Event Page on Duluth Pack’s Facebook Account (Go, go now!) or online at duluthpack.com.

We can’t wait to see you all there and have a good time with your favorite Duluth Pack fam!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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THE PERKS OF WORKING AT DULUTH PACK

April 13, 2015
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Yessiree, this post today is all about the range of perks working as an employee here at Duluth Pack.

What does this post have anything to do with our brand or products that we make? Well, a whole bunch. We as a company strive off of the motivation, desire, and work ethic to be the best product and quality filled brand on the shelves to date. To keep this flame alive, we have to enjoy what we do behind the scenes as well. Honestly, Duluth Pack is a fun filled company that includes gut wrenching laughs, sing-offs (we bust out the doe, ray, me!) and the energy that we are a actually a family.

So, without a further a do, let’s get into the nitty gritty of the ‘behind the scenes’ perks of working here at good ol’ DP!

1) We as a company are filled with stories. We has a whole brand and company have been around the block since 1882. Ohh yaaa, you betcha! We sure know a thing or two (come on even three) about canvas, leather, and rivet materials. But, beyond that, we know the respect it takes to make our products and the lives of the individuals who have put their blood, sweat, and laughs into creating them for our one in a million ranked customers! It’s absolutely intriguing to research old information on the Duluth Pack brand. The creator of Duluth Pack, Camille Poirier has old autobiography about his time and ideas to create the pack we call today, the Duluth Pack!

2) Let’s get into modern times now! Besides the awesome heritage there are multiple perks of why we call, Duluth Pack our place of work (and great laughs!) . Some of are employed to work on our sales floor in our retail store located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota, others are employed to handcraft our lifetime guaranteed bags and work their magic, and the rest of us work behind desks to publicly announce our goods, manage numbers, communicate with dealers, talk with customers, design graphics, and many other outsources. Beyond the spinning chair, colorful post-it’s, cupcakes in the back room, and lotion hands (after working with Waxed Canvas) , we get a sense of accomplishment each and every day. This is not a joke! Whether we have a customer from Germany purchasing their very first Duluth Pack product for their 5 year old tyke or a long time loyal purchaser handing off their 50 year old Duluth Pack canoe pack to their grandchild, we still get the butterflies. How many companies can really say they know that feeling, too?

3) We’re treated exceptionally well! Here at Duluth Pack, we put our time in, but we are complimented, respected, and appreciated for the work we do. Plus, the benefits of working here are spot on! There is nothing better than knowing you’re being treated just as well and equal to the management staff.

4) FOOD! Can you say, FREE DONUT FRIDAYS?! Oh yeah. That happens! We can smell them when we walk in the front door and you know I’m going to a-line it for that box filled with sprinkled and glazed goodness! But, we don’t ever feel guilty about eating a fistful of donuts, because we run our staircases multiple times of the day, and here in the Marketing Department we implemented a zero calorie beverage regimen (we’re going strong!) . Let’s be real though, coffee with creamer at 8:00 a.m. doesn’t count (wink, wink).

5) We live in Duluth, Minnesota. Do I have to say more? Duluth is an unbelievable location to raise a family and reside. Sure, it gets a wee bit chilly in the winter, but hey, it allows us to appreciate the summer months that much more! We have natural sand beaches, the gorgeous Aerial Lift Bridge, the largest fresh water lake in the world in our backyard – Hey, Lake Superior, delicious local restaurants, Canal Park, the Lakewalk, and not to mention, we were voted as the best outdoor city in the country! We could go on and on and on, but we don’t want to rub it in your face too much. :)

At the start and end of each day, we’re proud to be part of this Made in America and humble company! Ps: Feel free to come take a tour and join in on our sing-offs and not to mention, costume contests. Beware, we go ALL out!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SOME THINGS DON’T GO WELL TOGETHER…

April 6, 2015
SOME THINGS DON'T GO WELL TOGETHER...

SOME THINGS DON’T GO WELL TOGETHER…

Some things don’t go well together, but many Duluth Pack products do!

We all think the cliche combos, cookies and milk, macaroni and cheese (cartoon shapes, please!) , the moon to the stars, and the timeless apple of my eye phrase. These are great, but come on! Let’s get a little zesty and switch it up! So, here at Duluth Pack we have brought humor to the sentimental and honestly, cringe worthy combinations. Exhibit A) A man in a tutu. Oh, yes. We so did that! The other two options that were blasted out includes refreshing OJ and toothpaste and then the stomach turning burritos and marathons duo. Can you say, gut rot? Aye caramba!

Duluth Pack is taking a spin on things. We want to showcase the materials, products, and fun aspects we use to intrigue and motivate our customers to see the quality and fun experience we as a whole brand bring to the table. Stay tuned for what else we have up our sleeve! Trust us, we’re just getting started!

So, maybe you don’t have a clue what we are even talking about. Shame on you! Kidding..kind of. Jump and get on the cool Duluth Pack bandwagon and subscribe to our emails at www.duluthpack.com.

Have a few ideas of what we should market in our “Some thing don’t go well together” campaign? Spill the beans and let us know! We would love to hear your input!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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THE ALL AMERICAN HERITAGE BRAND

March 30, 2015
Duluth Pack

DULUTH PACK IS THE ALL AMERICAN HERITAGE BRAND

The Duluth Pack brand itself, revolves around four easy, simple, and to the point causes. Let’s break it down and why each is so important to the existence and reputation of the Duluth Pack company and brand as whole.

1) Duluth Pack stands for QUALITY . As John Ruskin once stated, “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” (This quote was found on Brainyquote.com) We absolutely agree with this statement by Mr. Ruskin. For a 133 continuous years, Duluth Pack has seemed out the most quality designs, techniques, theories, products, and time tested ways to ensure the quality and longevity of a Duluth Pack product remains the same from day one.

2) The second point Duluth Pack involves itself in is PREMIUM PRODUCTS . As the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA, we seek out the highest and most pristine products, materials, and workers to ensure the best product for you, our customers! We want to make sure our durability, lifetime guarantee, and the trust in our goods stays constantly the same. Whether it’s an heirloom passed down each generation, a splurge after good grades, or a daily necessity you carry to work. We want our customers to know we not only research, but seek the most premium items to help manufacture our packs, totes, hunting gear and purses. These include, the type of canvas, the leather used, rivets, the wools, and even the needles we use in or sewing machines. On a last note, Duluth Pack sources as much American Made goods to help create our goods as possible, too!

3) The third on the list is where we are geographically proud to be located. This point is all about MADE IN AMERICA . Duluth Pack has ALWAYS AND ONLY made our products here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA for the continuous 133 years in business! We are proud of where we come from and proud of where we are. We have been in the same factory for almost 104 years (I mean, that’s seriously cool!) . Duluth Pack is the all American brand that has stayed simple, not flashy, to the point, and trustworthy. We’re a humble brand, that isn’t trendy, but we are consistent. You can even say we are predictable and we aren’t ashamed. We’re proud you can count on an American Made product, basically right in your backyard, and we stick with designs that will take you from canoe to car and from train to plane. We’ve got your back.

4) The last but not least point, is that Duluth Pack has always featured and included a LIFETIME GUARANTEE . The Duluth Pack lifetime guarantee covers our craftsmanship and our hardware. What does that entail? Let’s break it down. Craftsmanship – This includes our sewing seams. If a sewing seam breaks loose and unravels, no worries. That’s covered under our lifetime guarantee. Hardware – This involved our zippers, rivets, and buckles. If any of these break or just don’t work anymore, again this falls under the lifetime guarantee. I mean, where can you find a lifetime guarantee on ANYTHING anymore? It’s so difficult to find these days and to know you can count on that with Duluth Pack since the beginning, we think it’s seriously special.

So, when you think of Duluth Pack, remember these four solid, easy, and to the point topics. Quality, Premium Products, Made in America, and Lifetime Guarantee. To know Duluth Pack has remained the same and not conformed to what society or trends entail is what keeps us doing what we know best, making the top rated packs, totes, purses, hunting gear, and canoe bags you can find.

Canoeing, Trip Planning

DULUTH PACK – LARGEST BWCAW COOPERATOR

March 23, 2015
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Yes, you’ve heard it before and you will hear it again from us. Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world! (SERIOUSLY cool, right?!). We know, we know – we’ve got some major bragging rights and are sure as heck flattered and proud to promote it!

For 133 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, and collaborations, we still keep the outdoors near and dear, especially the Boundary Waters territory.

Whether you’re a beginner or seniority (You know who you are. You can basically walk the grounds with your eyes closed) within the Boundary Waters area, the stories and experiences are endless. I mean, you know a good story is coming when either weather, animals, or scary stories are involved! Ps: Has anyone ever heard of Piccolo Bob? Those stories kept me up for days! Anyways, before we get too off topic… the adventure starts, every traveler must be prepared with their essentials for the stay. Each one of these necessities is easily found at our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota or on our extremely accessible website: www.duluthpack.com.

From insect covers to food, or a bear whistle to a banana saver, we’re ready to outfit you for every journey. Our packs are durable, our supplies is top-notch, and our customer service is one-of-a-kind. Once each and every customer is outfitted for their experience ahead, we are ready to issue a BWCAW permit. Again, we can’t help ourselves from saying it, but we are THE LARGEST COOPERATOR OF BWCAW PERMITS IN THE WORLD! (Raise the roof, people!)

So, in the end, go to a retailer and brand (here’s Duluth Pack!) that has experience and knowledge of helping hundreds of individuals each season, so they have the best camping and canoeing trip they will remember for the rest of their lives. Of course, the best stories also involve you taking us along with, too! From generation to generation and from portage mile to portage mile, we cherish our little vacay up North with you all. It’s something we look forward to year after year.

Now the real question is, who is ready to get camping?! Ps: My hand is raised way, way, way up!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

March 16, 2015
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DULUTH PACK IS FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

Here at Duluth Pack we pride ourselves on a few values and interests. We stand for American Made quality, lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and our hardware, hardworking women and men behind the brand, simple designs and durability, and lastly, for the love (let’s not forget obsessions) of animals.

At our flagship store located at 365 Canal Park Drive here in Duluth, Minnesota, we allow animals of all kinds to come on in and enjoy the fun. From Great Danes to pigs (yes, we have had this happen) and we have had a few cats on a leash as well! Everyone can enjoy the Duluth Pack experience in some way, shape or form (can’t forget breed!).

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Not only does Duluth Pack allow your fur friend to enter our facilities, we also cater to their needs, wants, and desires as well. Can you say, TREAT?! From our great selection of pet treats, to leashes, collars, chew toys, our Duluth Pack dogs beds, and winter booties, we’re looking out for your whole family! Don’t worry, Max. We didn’t forget about you! Please find our selection of animal products in store and online at www.duluthpack.com.

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Lastly, most who work here at Duluth Pack own some kind of pet. Whether that be a small breed, large canine, or cuddly cat, we all understand the aspect of making them a priority. Not only in your life, but ours as well. We know you are proud of your pooches and kitties and have the desire to showcase their adorable faces to the world. Well, you’re are in luck, because Duluth Pack is calling out for all animal lovers! It’s your chance to have Duluth Pack help you out! Please submit any of your pets photos with your beloved Duluth Pack product to [email protected]! We would love to make not only your day, but everyone who sees it, too! By submitting photos, you give Duluth Pack the right to use these images. (Plus, we gush over them all day!).

PUPPY IN PACK

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LUMBERSEXUAL – TREND OR LIFESTYLE

March 9, 2015
PHOTO BY: MAD CHICKEN STUDIOS

LUMBERSEXUAL

You choose: trend or lifestyle?

Here at Duluth Pack we 100% believe and can prove that this style or trend is ultimately a lifestyle look . Duluth Pack has been rocking the down home, classic prints, easy cool style, and durable vibe for 133 years and counting. It’s a look now that has caught up with the millennium generation of the newest and coolest picks and pieces for fashion gurus and bloggers.

Most trends whether they be fashion, lifestyle, outdoorsy, or technology based are usually created on one of the coasts here in America. However, this year Minnesota – aka the North, has stomped forward and reclaimed itself as a trendsetter and innovator. This is exciting and has been needed for sometime. What does Duluth Pack think of this? We absolutely love it! People are beginning to realize it is about high quality, durability, and classic looks that will outlast, rather than just the it color or fabrications. It’s not just something that will be in for 6 months. Our company can prove that, clearly. Hello, we’re old (we prefer saying, vintage though. It sounds better!) and we have been doing this look our whole existence.

If you come visit Minnesota or Duluth specifically, you will spot a 25 year old and a 65 year old wearing almost identical ensembles. Most likely in a plaid wool button down, rugged boots, a Duluth Pack style of some kind, most likely facial hair, and if you’re in the deep woods, we wouldn’t be surprised if an axe and cigar are in hand. We believe one of the original “Lumbersexual” gents is Duluth Pack’s founder, Mr. Camille Poirier.

However, don’t get us wrong, the Lumbersexual vibe is for the ladies, too! You can see the outfit choices including either black, grey, white, or red buffalo check print, distressed denim, a Duluth Pack shell bag, and booties to compliment the whole package.

We want your input. Yay or nay on the lumbersexual look? Do you believe it will be a look that lasts a few months or do you believe like us, that it will be around for generations to come!

This wonderful photo is by our friends at Mad Chicken Studio here in Duluth, Minnesota!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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THE BIG REVEAL

March 2, 2015
Maroon5

THE REVEAL IS HERE!

No need for you to wait any longer! After all the clues and the teasing, we are ready to announce who we are making packs for this year! READY…..SET….. it’s MAROON 5! It’s completely okay to scream, fist pump, jump out of our chairs, and yes, even drool (I did shamelessly!) .

This is a special project we’ve had to keep our lips sealed (been harder than you can believe) now for a few months and we could hardly wait to let the news explode out of our mouths! Last year Duluth Pack created special embroidered packs for the unbelievably well known band, Mumford and Sons and this year Maroon 5. Maybe this is a “M” theme for now we’re going on, but we are excited to get not only a judge on the highly recognized show, The Voice, not only People Magazine’s “The Sexiest Man Alive” cover star, and we can’t forget Adam Levine (the lead singer) is married to an angel, pun intended, too. Yes, he is married to a Behati Prinsloo a Victoria’s Secret model. Could we ask for more positive media coverage on such a well known celebrity and entertainer? That would be difficult!

Anyways, we have the entire band of Maroon 5 strutting around with their custom made Duluth Pack Scout Packs in our great lakes color. We highly recommend you following Maroon 5’s taste and style and going with this bag handcrafted by Duluth Pack (hint, hint – it’s a top seller!) . You can find our Duluth Pack Scout Pack in all canvas and leather options here: www.duluthpack.com.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack