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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!

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OFFICIALLY VERIFIED!

February 15, 2016
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Hello our friends! We wanted to write a quick post on how excited and humbled we are to announce that the Duluth Pack Instagram and Facebook accounts have been officially verified! If you are unaware of what that means, in simple terms, it’s the blue and white check mark you find right behind our name on each account. It means that both Instagram and Facebook note our accounts as authentic and useful to follow.

We are thrilled about this next chapter and step for Duluth Pack in the social media world and want to thank you all for your constant loyalty for the Duluth Pack brand, products, and heritage. We would not be able to conquer these amazing feats and steps without all of you.

If you have not done so, we would so appreciate if you follow our social accounts including, Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and Pinterest . I mean, we really like you, so like us, too!

Again, thank you and have a wonderful day.

Amazing featured photo by our photographer pal, Alyssa Hei .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

February 11, 2016
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It’s fun to hear all the stories of people with their packs and adventures from today through the rest of their lives. However, it’s important that everyone knows all the elements behind how a Duluth Pack is handcrafted including the people behind the packs – AKA: the Duluth Pack team. Today, we are introducing our creative spirit and in-house Graphic Designer, Jade. She may be small in height size, but she has a large personality that is shown in her colorful style and work. So, without a further ado, here is Jade, everyone!

How do you…

Start your morning:

“Every morning I make a healthy shake to drink on my drive in to work. The first thing I do when I arrive is turn on my computer, grab my awesome peacock mug, and caffeinate. I always stop to chat with the production team before I head to my desk.”

Stay motivated:

“I’m a list writer and a post-it note extraordinaire. A lot of the time, my monitor is lined in post-it notes. Let me tell you, ripping one of those bad boys off after a task is complete is oddly satisfying and motivating in and of itself. Don’t forget about the coffee and the occasional blast of “Eye of The Tiger” from Ryan’s speakers.”

Get inspired:

“I am inspired by quality time with friends and family. Being with people and sharing a good laugh is all we need sometimes.”

Challenge yourself:

“I like to try new things! As a designer, it’s easy to get sucked into one particular style. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and try something new with fresh eyes. If it works, great! If not, I tried.”

Motivate others:

“I like to think I’m pretty funny sometimes. In fact, people think it’s funny that I think I’m funny… it works. What’s better than making someone laugh?”

Find personal balance:

“I always go into my day with a plan, and that plan must include time for myself. It’s good to be busy, but I feel most balanced when I set aside some time at the end of each day to do what I enjoy, even if it’s just watching some Netflix.”

Stay organized:

“Lists, lists, and more lists, and of course, post-it notes.”

End your day:

The day isn’t over until I wash my coffee cup.

“We hope you enjoyed another snippet into the lives and outlooks of our employees. At Duluth Pack, it’s all a team effort from the production side to the creative.”

Have a wonderful day!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Camping Recipes

CAMPING FOOD

February 8, 2016
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Hassle-Free, Delicious, Camping Menu

Take a quick/easy trip and eat well too!

Duluth is known for many things… one of which: delicious cuisine. Duluth restaurants are featured on foodie road trips. There are even many Duluth restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network.  Even us outdoorsy folk appreciate fine dining; although camping and fine dining aren’t usually in the same sentence (unless you’re a glamper: here). While reading through a recent issue of Backpacker Magazine, we found a “no-nonsense” recipe that would make our go-to favorite, the hotdog, seem lackluster. Next time we go out for a quick trip, we’re using this menu:

The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road

Lunches 1 & 2
Bagels with avocado and cucumber

Dinner 1
Garden State Quesadilla

Breakfast 2
General Washington Griddle cakes

Snacks
Apples, trail mix

 

The Grocery List

Apples
Avocados
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Bunch spinach
Powdered milk
Flour
Sugar
Trail mix
Bagels
Whole wheat tortillas
Eggs
Shredded cheddar
Butter
Salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon, and maple syrup

 

The Recipes

Garden State Quesadilla
1-½ cups shredded cheddar
4 whole-wheat tortillas
2 Jersey tomatoes, chopped
1 handful spinach
2 pads butter
Salt and pepper

Heat a frying pan and grease it with half a pad of butter. Lay down the tortilla, and layer cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese again. Cook 3-4 minutes, regrease pan, flip, and cook until golden brown and crispy.

 

General Washington Griddle Cakes
2 cups powder milk
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
¼ cup sugar4 apples, sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat and grease pan. Combine milk, eggs, flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Pour ¼ cup blobs of batter into pan and top with apple. Bake until pancake is light brown (3-4 minutes), then flip and cook 2-3 minutes.

Tips from us:

  • Measure out the powdered milk, flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the Griddle Cakes in a container before you leave home. The container will double as your mixing bowl when adding the eggs.
  • Print this post off (or screen shot it on your smart phone) and you’ll be set for your next 30-ish hour camp trip.

 

So what do you think? Will you give it a shot? What do you normally like to eat while camping?

Stay tuned… We just might bring you more of these! Thanks, Backpacker.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Paige Hogan
Source: Backpacker Magazine

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15 REASONS WE LOVE LIVING IN DULUTH

February 4, 2016
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It is not secret that we love where we are from. We do so much, that it is in our brand’s name! So, it only seemed fitting for us to make a list of 15 reasons we love living in Duluth, Minnesota. Lets start, shall we?

1. The first reason we love making our home in this community of quality living is for none other than what is on our backyard. The largest fresh water body of water surrounds our existence which is specifically known as the beautiful Lake Superior. The vast body of water not only is our source of the freshest drinking water, but provides us with memories like, sailboating, fishing, swimming, and pebble throwing.

2. Another element that makes us fall in love with Duluth, MN time and time again are the extensive list of outdoor activities that our natural habitat provides us with. Just over a year ago, Duluth was voted the #1 Outdoor City in the country by Outside Magazine (read the article here ). The options are endless, especially with a four season city. Running trails, bikes lanes, mountain biking trails, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and swimming are just a small grouping of all the outdoors activities the Duluth, Minnesota location provides.

3. Speaking of activities. Duluth hosts each June the internationally recognized running marathon, Grandma’s Marathon. Athletes from around the world visit our city on a hill to run along the scenic view near Lake Superior. To add to this, our retail store is so conveniently located right at the finish line in Canal Park. P.s. Free parking in back!

4. Duluth wouldn’t be the community it is without the individuals who call it home. Duluth’s population is roughly 86,000 people and is filled with people who invest in giving back. Duluthians are proud of where they call home and open their doors to opportunities of growth. For example, each winter season near Bayfront Festival Park, a light show of hundreds of thousands of lights and volunteers with hearts bigger than their bodies create a spectacular location called, Bentleyville. Duluth’s community is not about 86,000 individuals, it’s about one big community with loyalty and heart.

5. Speaking of Bayfront, Duluth houses one of the coolest outdoor festival events at Bayfront Festival Park. It is conveniently located near the Aerial Lift Bridge and Canal Park region. Large artists and bands come out to perform their latest and greatest hits to the audience sitting in the grass and sipping on local brews. For example, Bob Dylan, a local of Duluth just recently performed along with country star, Dierks Bentley.

6. Probably the most legendary landmark that is associated with Duluth, Minnesota rather than the tip of Lake Superior is the Aerial Lift Bridge. As one of only two bridges in the world to physically lift up and down to tailor to large iron oar ships coming into the harbor and it operates 24 hours a day by conveniently allowing cars to cross over to the Park Point sand beach area in Duluth. Depending on the season and occasion, the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth, has lights shine in different colors. During Independence Day, you will find the American hues of red, white, and blue lit up among it’s metal along with a pink color for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

7. Among the water, Duluth’s air quality is second to none. With some of the freshest air around, the Duluth population has little to worry about with smog occurrences. Sometimes there is just nothing better than a deep breath of good and clean fresh air. Am I right?

8. As we mentioned, Duluth is a community driven city that promotes small businesses, growth for their neighbors, and creating a life of quality for the next generations to come. Duluth’s safety as an entire city is tremendous. With multiple neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs, and new resident establishes developing, it’s exciting to see the schools booming in populations and updates and with little crime rates. Trust us, Duluthians are willing to help you out. If you’re in need of help, you’ll probably have to wait 10 seconds before someone jumps in.

9. During the winter season, a very well known sport with the name of Hockey is showcased on outdoor and indoor rinks around the state. As the state of Hockey as a whole, the Duluth community rings in the winter season well with multiple high school teams who attend the High School Hockey Tournament. Duluth also houses the D1 Hockey team, The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, which games are conveniently played near Canal Park at the beautiful AMSOIL Arena facility.

10. The local beer scene is one many demographics have picked up on, but Duluth has been brewing local liquids for years. As a brand that is great friends with non other than the legendary The Brewhouse located in the Fitger’s building on Superior St, it’s fantastic to see the demand increase. Throughout the downtown Duluth scene, you will come across multiple different breweries, distilleries, or bars that are promoting local beverages for not only the locals to enjoy, but tourists as well. A newer distillery called, Vikre, which specializes in whiskey and gin is only a block away from our flagship store.

11. BWCAW. 5 letters and many years of memories. Only a few short hours away from the peaceful lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, is Duluth. As our existence at Duluth Pack first started as being the original Boundary Waters Canoe Pack, we have a soft spot in our hearts each summer for taking the trek to portage and be among the beautiful nature. We are lucky its only a short road trip away. P.s. Duluth Pack is the number one largest distributor of BWCAW permits in the world. If you need one, you know where to get it.

12. Hike that SHT. As in the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail or abbreviated version (SHT) is 310 mile footpath of pure backpacking and hiking heaven. The tail end of this endeavor runs right through our backyard. Since Duluth is such an outdoor community and pet lovers, the SHT allows dogs with leashes to be involved on your journey as well. In the past year, Duluth Pack has proudly adopted a 7 mile portion of the SHT to clean and maintain for all to enjoy. For more information on the Superior Hiking Trial, please visit the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s website here .

13. We couldn’t list just breweries without incorporating some grub as well. The local restaurant scene in Duluth is one not to miss. With pubs, diners, dives, and upscale eateries, Duluth has a range of food for any palette. Duluth is so well known for it’s delicious bites, that it has been featured on Food Network Channel’s show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives . Anyone else hungry now?

14. Duluth’s music scene is one that is growing by the minute. Every year Locally Grown music festival is housed around local Duluth venues and one band that is always a hit is, Trampled By Turtles. This band has become a real household name and still promotes their roots right here in Duluth, Minnesota. Also, Duluth Pack launched a fun limited edition partnership style of bag that you can buy right here .

15. It only seemed fitting to start this post on the same concept, water. For the fact Duluth is a harbor city right on the most Western point on Lake Superior, Duluth has some of the purest and most crips drinking water your tastebuds will ever encounter. With fresh water just outside our doors, it makes drinking bottled water subpar. Tap water from Duluth is one that everyone mentions is one in million.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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DULUTH PACK’S FOUNDER, CAMILLE POIRER

February 1, 2016
Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN

Our Founder, Camille Poirer, in Duluth, MN. Photo via Duluth Public Library.

Camille Poirer created the first Duluth Pack in 1882. Twelve years before that, he set off to Duluth, MN (our flagship location) from St Paul, MN to start a new life. The trip took him four days “of very cold and suffering,” he wrote, starting Feb. 10th, 1870 and ending on Feb. 13th, 1870. 144 years ago today, he would have been on the 3rd day of his trek.

Via Google Maps

Via Google Maps

Poirer walked from St Paul to Hinckley, MN (a 76.6 mile, 25 hour walk) even though in 1856, he injured his leg in a wood-chopping accident, and it never fully recovered. From Hinckley onward, he rode up to Duluth via stagecoach.

Once he made it to Duluth, Poirer started a shoe shop on Lake Avenue and Superior Street.

In 1882, he was inspired by the voyageurs of the northland, and created a new style of “packsack” which would later be called the Duluth Pack.

Poirer died on October 17, 1919 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

January 28, 2016
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The day full of hearts, cupid, and love is just around the corner. Are you prepared? Whether you are buying for your better half, your gal pals, or even yourself, it’s always influential and easy to get a round up of what items are the best for a valentine’s gift guide. We’re breaking it down to make your shopping trip easier and quicker, so you an enjoy that bottle of wine longer. Plus, it’s time to get a gift that lasts longer than 7 days or 2 bites.

Here’s the low down in a nice and simple fashion for you:

Now, enjoy your Valentine’s and don’t fret. You will now have a gift for someone that will showcase your love for a lifetime.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Duluth Pack!