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GET OUTDOORS

March 21, 2016
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One of our favorite phrases to live by and repeat to you all over social media is, “Unplug from the indoors and recharge in the outdoors.” That’s exact what this post is about today. It’s about disconnecting from the constant distractions of technology and pushing your limits in your natural habitat of nature

Nature is all around us, as difficult as it might be to see sometimes. Get out of your chair, away from your screen and really look around you. The blue sky above, the beaming sun beating down on your neck while you walk, the dandelions and foliage growing in between the sidewalk blocks and the call from a bird overhead. In this concrete jungle we call home, sometimes we bypass the obvious. It’s apparent and inevitable. The tall oak trees become city skylines, the moon’s bright appearance is overshadowed by street lights and the sounds of sirens whistle by rather than the wind. Thats demand of populations growing, forests shrinking and cities booming. It’s reality.

We are so distracted by many obstacles every day that sometimes we feel like we don’t have time for just ourselves, even for just a moment. There is constant commotion, demands and hustle and bustle lifestyles (which are wonderful, don’t get us wrong) but sometimes we need to just stop and smell the roses – seriously . We has a whole species need to take a deep breathe of fresh Mother Earth air, listen to the songs from the chickadees, really feel the textured sand grains between our toes, scream at the top of our lungs while reaching a summit and realize, nature is what we need . It’s what we need to be as living, breathing, beautiful human beings.

The excitement of ‘bright lights big city’ is there and we can all feel at some point in our lives, but then we want to become centered again. That centered place is where we get peace in our minds and gratitude in ours hearts. One may prefer a walk in the woods, sitting around a campfire, or hanging out at the beach. Either way, nature is the full focus, whether you realize it or not.

Maybe we feel we can never really escape the modern day commitments, but you can in many different circumstances. Go to the local farmer’s market and purchase flowers. Water them, feed them, have the sun shine it’s rays on their petals and appreciate the delightful scent they bring. If it’s raining, don’t pity, feel the water drench your palms and wash away your worries. Focus on recycling your products rather than just tossing. Remember, “What goes around comes around” and in this case, recycling materials are exactly what we want back. Realize the simple things mean the most to us and affect how we feel, what we do, what we eat and what we surround ourselves with.

Nature is one of us, it’s in our core, in our soul and surrounds us daily. It’s a sanctuary, an escape and the secret to appreciating beauty in everything. What is your re-charge moment?

Photo by our friend, Annie Persson.

– 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.

Photography by: Redmond Digital Media

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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HERE’S TO YOU

March 14, 2016
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When people mention, “Keep the past in the past”, it’s understandable but sometimes fun to do a flashback of memories or moments that make you smile. Today we want to focus on a wonderful 2015 year with you. Sure, every year comes with the good, the bad, and the ugly wonderful, but we find it important to focus on the good and the wonderful portion and be grateful for each moment we were given.

After all the chaos of the holiday season, festivities from the New Year, and the grind back at work, we now have a clear mind to focus on everything that happened within the last 365 days that molded 2015 to be one of the best in Duluth Pack history. We have grown so much as a business with all of our branches (production, retail store, website, wholesale dealers, social media) that it is something that we have to rub our eyes really hard, reopen them and make sure it’s real. It’s real, alright!

To get an entire perspective of what happened in 2015, we had to dig through past social media posts, blog entries, giveaways, contests, and meet with every department on what they grew from or what they learned.

This is what we took away from it all:

Our customers are second to none. This statement does not come as a slight surprise to us. You have all been incredibly loyal to Duluth Pack, watched us grow, helped us reach new levels, told our story, brought us around the world, shared with friends, and became a family with us. As a company and brand, we can’t ask for anything else. If it wasn’t for you, Duluth Pack would not be where it is today.

Here is a snippet of photos that our customers have given us permission to use from 2015 with their Duluth Packs! We can’t wait to see where we got with you in 2016! Here’s to a lifetime friendship together.

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– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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CANOECOPIA

March 10, 2016
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It’s that time again and we’re ready here at Duluth Pack!

This Friday – Sunday some of the Duluth Pack team will be in Madison, Wisconsin to attend the Canoecopia direct to consumer show!

Will you be attending? If so, purchase your tickets for the show HERE and let us know which bag, pack, or luggage piece you are most excited to see from Duluth Pack.

If you’re not aware yet of what Canoecopia is, it’s a direct to customer retail show that highlights all the best brands and products tailored towards your outdoor lifestyle, specifically canoeing.

We hope to see you all there!

Photo by: Bailey Aro Photography

– 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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GET FEATURED

February 29, 2016
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Social media is a wonderful tool to utilize. Some may think there is more negative than positive, but we have to disagree. On social platforms, like Instagram for example, we are able to see all the travels our customers have taken with their Duluth Pack products. It’s a very humbling sight to see.

An exciting step has happened with Duluth Pack and our customer’s photos who give us permission to use. You can now be featured on Duluth Pack’s website along with the product page of the Duluth Pack item you are using and our social media sites!

Here’s how to do it:

STEP 1:

Snap a photo of your Duluth Pack item. It can be a pack , your Duluth Pack Mug , or even Duluth Pack apparel !

STEP 2:

Upload the photo to your Instagram and tag our team at @duluthpack and make sure to #duluthpack as well! Don’t have an Instagram at this time? No worries, just email us at [email protected] and say you give Duluth Pack the permission to use your photo for marketing purposes.

STEP 3:

Watch and see if your photo is picked to be featured on the Duluth Pack’s website homepage ! It’s that easy!

We’re so grateful for the opportunities you have all shared with us and we are so looking forward to a bright future together.

Photo by our blogger friend, Katey Hellman of Chronicles of Frivolity.

– 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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MEET THE MODEL

February 22, 2016
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Here at Duluth Pack we are all about putting the people who handcraft our products in the spotlight. If it weren’t for their skills, determination, and loyalty to the brand, we wouldn’t be who we are without them. However, there are many people who contribute to Duluth Pack’s success beyond the production team. For example, there are the voices of Duluth Pack, like our President, Tom. Also, there are the faces of Duluth Pack, like a model we work with, Kaylyn. So without a further ado, let’s meet Kaylyn!

“Hello, My name is Kaylyn!

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then moved to Burnsville, MN when I was very young. I grew up in that town, then later decided to attend college at the University of MN, Duluth. Duluth Pack is based out of Duluth, and the company has always grabbed my attention on how authentic and well-made their products are, handcrafting each item in the US. I loved the craftsmanship of each bag when I saw them in stores!

A little about me – I’m a 23 year old who will laugh at every corny joke. You will probably find me online shopping, carrying around my GoPro, watching Food Network, at the coolest new restaurant being a foodie, or booking a flight to Hawaii. I’m the type of person who would have 50 different professions if I could: graphic designer, blogger, photographer, videographer, hair stylist, makeup stylist, clothing designer, wedding planner, personal trainer, social media marketer, entrepreneur, artist… but why can’t we? My dream is to own my own company someday… stay tuned!

For modeling, I was approached by a scout while I was in college. I thought that it would be a great way to make extra money to help my typical broke college student life. I was told I could never do runway (I’m only 5’4″), so I had to stick with commercial style. From this, it introduced me to tons of amazing companies that I had the privilege to work with. While modeling on the side, I also had a huge passion for blogging. Writing has been something I’ve always done since I was young – whether it be a diary, private online journal, fashion blogging, or a public blog – I had them all. I’m the type of person who would rather write a 10 page essay instead of taking a bubble test. I’ve always relied on reading other blogs to keep up to date in style, trends, health/wellness… everything! I’ve always had my own ideas and opinions on how I could write things to share with the world, then finally launched my own public blog site. I love to share things that I’m loving at the moment, or things I’m extremely passionate about. You’d be surprised on how other people love to learn about new things and read new blogs! It has allowed me to share my journey connecting to a whole new community of blogging, other online bloggers, and even helping others in the process.

I’ve always been a creative spirit constantly trying to think of new ideas or start new projects. I love sharing things with the world. Ideas, opinions and new experiences are an amazing way to connect with others. Modeling, blogging and working with great people has taught me so many new things and helped me share experiences with others. So that’s a little about me! I’m super excited to keep working with such a wonderful company. :)”

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Blog: www.peanutbutterparadise.wordpress.com

Website: www.kaylynwebb.com

Tumblr: www.specialklyn.tumblr.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/specialklyn/

Instagram: @kaylynwebb

Twitter: @kaylynwebb

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Want to meet more of the Duluth Pack team? Email us at [email protected] and we would love to hear!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack .

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR MARKETING MANAGER

February 18, 2016
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The Duluth Pack employee we are chatting about today is Marketing Manger, Abe. He’s the “get the job done / let’s have fun” guy. With his witty humor, never ending drive to succeed, and push the boundaries attitude, it’s almost hard to keep up with his daily schedule. Not only is he the Marketing Manager for the company, but he runs the entire Duluth Pack website, manages sales within the outlet, approves photoshoots, fixes IT complications within our business, oh and on top of all of that, he oversees all graphic design and social media coverages through the marketing team. In a nutshell, he has a lot on his plate.

Today is a desk side chat with Abe and we are getting down to the nitty gritty on how he keeps sane, enthused, and pretty darn funny. Without a further ado, here’s Abe, everyone!

How do you…

Start your morning:

“After waking up, I check my phone to see web sales from the previous day. Then I check my email to make sure there isn’t anything that needs my immediate attention. I spend the next 15-30 minutes trying to wake up while watching The Today Show. Then I take a shower, let the dog out, and I’m on my way to the office.”

Stay motivated:

“I give myself reachable goals. Building on smaller successes leads to larger success. It’s a constant struggle to take a step back and be happy with what you’ve accomplished while still making sure not to get comfortable with yesterdays success.”

Get inspired:

“I try not to look like a dummy. The last thing I want to do is be embarrassed at work (or in life for that matter.)

Challenge yourself:

I like to push boundaries. In Marketing, it’s a lot of educated guesses. Not everything we do is going to pan out like we hoped. But by trying to think outside the box and not being afraid of failure, you realize you could be one small idea from something really big.

Motivate others:

As a manager, this is always going to be the hardest part. I do my best to show appreciation for all the hard work that the staff puts in. As we continue getting stronger and stronger at Duluth Pack, it should be motivation for everyone to continue pushing as hard as possible so tomorrow is better than today.

Find personal balance:

I love my wife! As fun as my job is, and as much as I love coming to work, it sure is nice coming home to a special someone. And sometimes, at the end of the day, it’s just best to put the phone away and keep the laptop closed.

Stay organized:

I flag important emails and try not to get behind. A clean inbox and clean calendar is key.

End your day:

Check the daily sales and make sure there aren’t any emergencies. Come home, make dinner with my wife, and hang out with the miniature dachshund.

So, next time you click on our website (HERE) you know who is ultimately running it day in and day out. Now how about you purchase something to give Abe some kudos for working so hard huh?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!