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GIFT GUIDE: MOTHER’S DAY

May 5, 2015

It’s for the very special woman in your life. Your mother.

She is the rock of the family, the scheduler, cook, chauffeur and the very lady who brought you into the world. This day is for her and she deserves every part of it to be ultimately perfect. Before we start, I’d like to say, “Thank you and I love you!” to my mother.

The Duluth Pack blog is your friend through a screen. We want you to rely on us for when you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, just need some inspiration or want to hear from an old friend. Guess what? We’ve got your butt cheeks again, because we’re nailing down the best go-to Duluth Pack products to gift your mom this year.

Say thanks the best way this year and gift her with a product that will last a lifetime.

Maybe your mom isn’t into purses and bags, don’t sweat it! We’ve got you! You can never go wrong with jewelry! (It’s basically a rule.) Check out Ruth by Duluth one-of-a-kind pieces that are reasonable, adorable and are made right here in Duluth, Minnesota! Or another option is the sophisticated jewelry items made by our friends in Bayfield, Wisconsin! Local skill – you can’t beat it! SHOP HERE

If your mom is a Duluth Pack fan (we love her, too) look no further. We have an easy peasy, no nonsense list of gotta have it Duluth Pack goodies that are top-sellers and the DP team’s top favorites. Shall we?

CHOICE 1) Purse, please. It’s the beloved Duluth Pack Shell Bag ! Available in wool, domer, canvas and leather materials. Don’t forget, this bag comes in 4 different sizes, 2 separate detailing styles and multiple hues. This is one to surely pull her heart strings. (Ps: I have 3 – best sidekick around!) .

CHOICE 2) GOTTA-HAVE HAVERSACK . It’s most organized purse around. There are even separate slots for pencils and pens, you betcha! This stunner comes in 2 different styles, an array of materials and colors galore. It’s easily accessible with the lifetime guaranteed zipper. Plus, adorable if I say so myself.

CHOICE 3) The most delicious scents you can imagine – HELLO,CANDLES . The cutest mason jar filled with hand poured soy candle wax filled with delightful aroma. Also, they are easy to match in any room, because of the natural coloring. Your mom is bound to enjoy a few of these!

CHOICE 4) The most stylish and sophisticated Duluth Pack collection that has ever existed, The Duluth Pack Elite Series . Your mom will fall head over heels for our hand-led white thread on premium American black leather. It’s our ‘chic and sleek’ that draws attention in all the right ways. Make her a stand out with this eye catching series that she will remember forever.

CHOICE 5) The gift that fits and looks good on everyone! The Duluth Pack GIFT CARD will never go out of style and allows your mom to pick out what her heart desires. Plus, if you’re far away, fit’s snug as a bug in a card. It’s a win-win in so many ways.

We hope this to the point gift guide helps you choose the most quality filled gift(s) that your mother deserves. Lastly, the Duluth Pack team would like to say a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the wonderful mothers in the world.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

May 4, 2015
PHOTO BY: A CONTINUOUS LEAN

Simply irresistible. (Ps: we know you just sang that phrase) Yep, that’s what Duluth Pack is!

Yes, yes, we admit that we are just being a bit funny and incorporating a fun term, but we are wanting to discuss the nitty gritty reality of Duluth Pack – we’re down right flashy SIMPLE !

That’s right, folks. We aren’t jumping on the bandwagon and getting involved in the latest and greatest “trendy” pieces that last 2 weeks to 6 months. Instead, Duluth Pack is sticking to it’s core and designing functional and versatile products that are as simple as simple gets.

Ready for us to break it down for you? Good! Us, too! This is the “recipe” to making a Duluth Pack.

1) Canvas

2) Leather

3) Rivets, or buckles, possibly zippers, or all of the above

4) Lots of laughter

5) Price tag

Sure, that’s the most simple version out there and we are missing some crucial steps, but you get the gist. We don’t have added bling, glitz, and glamorous details that are in one day and out the other. Ps: That’s completely okay, because that is not who Duluth Pack is!

Yeah, we are evolving and expanding our product line up and selection each day, but our brainstorming and researching are constantly around the basics of Duluth Pack’s origins. 1) Lifetime Guarantee – Give us the stability and tough as nails materials and we will get it done! 2) Functionality – We get it, you want to bring your Duluth Pack product from the trail to the bars and home and still look cool. Check, check, check! 3) Quality – Hello, that’s the essence of who we are. We respect your hard earned piggy bank money. You stress, sweat, and maybe even scream for that paycheck and we honor your hard work. So, we will create the best bag, tote, pack, or purse for you that is worth every hard earned buck you made. 4) Made in America – It’s who we are, it’s where we are from, it’s what we make. Period. 5) Credit - finding out “who” (no, not the brand, but the actual individual who made your product) is as clear as mud. It’s just not going to happen in most cases. That’s where Duluth Pack separates itself from the pack (no pun intended!). Not only does THE sewer who handcrafted your product sign a tag inside, but you can actually meet them in action here at the headquarters location. Yep, get a load of that!

As a company, we wish we could wrap all of our arms around who and give you a big squeeze! Why? Because you have accepted us for 133 years of playing it safe and never over compensating for our humble roots and specific requirements. We truly have the most amazing customers and following. It’s almost like a “pinch me” moment every day on how loyal you all are. I don’t think we will ever truly get use to it! All of your stories are so captivating and encouraging for us all as a brand and the Duluth Pack family! So, here’s to keeping it simple!

-From your friends at Duluth Pack

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Y.O.U.

April 30, 2015
DULUTH PACK

We’re going bold and straight up asking, “What inspires you?.”

This may seem like a bland or “Really, why are you going there?” question, but we want you to think to the depths of your interests, aspirations, and bucket list ideas of “What inspires you?” as a living, breathing, amazing person!

We are all here on this unbelievable Earth for a purpose. It’s just finding what exactly is it that we are suppose to do to change, update, innovate, or encourage this place to be better. And not just better for you, but better for the greater good. Some may say, be kind, confident, full of courage, push the limits, or even, just become more forgiving and we couldn’t agree more. But, after pondering some real thoughts for a moment or two (or three – let’s be real here) it popped into my noggin. YOU. Help me spell it out here, Y. O. U. YOU all inspire us as a company here at Duluth Pack. If it weren’t for YOU all, we wouldn’t have the heritage, stories, brand, line of products, or even the most optimistic loyalty if it weren’t for every single one of YOU. We’re here living out our dreams. With this career path, whether that be in production, marketing, owning, accounting, or selling Duluth Pack we’re able to do what we love, work in a location that allows us to be, well, us, and still have a personal life outside of the brand and company.

We all here have some type of role or duty that must be done to succeed in this life and the road you choose. This can involve striving to be a better parent, teacher, peer, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, friend, or co-worker. But, we must make sure we don’t strive to be THE best. What is THE best, really?! It’s just an opinion that is different in every single person’s mind. But, if you strive to be the best of YOUR ability, now we’re talking and in action! The best of your ability is something that is attainable and to strive for. That is what we do here every single day at Duluth Pack. We constantly are researching, looking, reading, and investing – up, down, side to side, and underneath what is the most efficient, crucial, and impactful products, process, or strategy we can do to help what inspires us most, YOU.

If you are having a day that feels to be in the gutter, or you have a case of the blues, just remember that the Duluth Pack family is constantly thinking of you. We’re here for you and you are here for us as well. We’re in this together and we are ready to go take it to the next step with you all and succeed greatly. This is just the beginning of something truly great. So, buckle up, because it’s going to be one heck of an adventure!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK PET ADOPTION DAY

April 28, 2015
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“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

A pet brings unconditional, unselfish, consistent and genuine love. They were born to please their masters, bring simple joys to people’s lives and become part of the family. Unfortunately, not all dogs are lucky enough to have a warm bed, a belly scratch, or yard to run free in. This is where Duluth Pack has stepped in and teamed up with the fantastic team from Animal Allies here in Duluth.

On Saturday, May 2nd, Duluth Pack is ringing in “Be Kind to Animals Week” (this awareness week starts from May 2nd – May 9th) and hosting a DULUTH PACK PET ADOPTION DAY at the Duluth Pack retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN! There will be dogs of all breeds available for adoption, a donation bin will be present, along with ALL pet products sold during the event from Duluth Pack will have a percentage of proceeds go back to Animal Allies – triple whammy! Please feel free to bring your dogs down to the store, too. Pets of all kinds (as long as they are no harm to our customers and or employees) are welcome to come get a scratch, a free treat, and some sips from the water bowl every day at any time. We’re pet lovers, so bring them in!

So, mark those calendars, folks! This event is completely free to the public (plus, free parking still in Canal Park!) and we welcome for you to spread the word! You can come join the festivities from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and help find a dog a forever home they so badly deserve and want.

For more information regarding the Duluth Pack Pet Adoption Day, please visit the Duluth Pack’s Facebook Page here.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK X JENNA KUTCHER

April 27, 2015
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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
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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.