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DESK SIDE WITH OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

January 7, 2016
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Have you ever wondered how Duluth Pack bags aren’t just sold in our 8,500 square foot retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN or just our website DuluthPack.com? Just take a moment. Duluth Pack can now be purchased in a retail location in over 30 states in the USA and 11 different countries. This feat does not just happen over night, but rather a team effort with incredible communication and planning skills that many can’t match. This is all done by our Outside Sales Rep team who tell the story of Duluth Pack’s heritage, history,and future. What we possess, what makes us different, and why Duluth Pack is more than just canvas and leather company.

Welcome, Maddy. Our new Outside Sales Representative who has a spitfire of a personality, brings extra spunk to the office, and has a determination like no other. She and other members of our Outside Sales Rep team travel around the country discussing plans, collaborations, private labeling opportunities, and other ways Duluth Pack can impact someone’s life. Without a further ado, here’s Maddy!

How do you…

Start your morning: Go for a run! Then coffee. A lot of coffee.

Stay motivated: I love the feeling of accomplishment, so I do everything I can to end each day feeling like I completed or moved forward with something. It doesn’t have to be something huge, small victories feel just as great. It’s all about perspective and taking the time to enjoy what you have the ability to make or change. That motivates me.

Get inspired: I’m inspired by intelligence, strength, and altruism.

Challenge yourself: I’m very goal-oriented and committed. I like to test my limits and promise to accomplish something that I’ve never done before. Whether that’s setting an insanely high sales goal at work or signing up for a marathon, I won’t stop until I cross that finish line.

Motivate others: Positive energy. Smiling. Cracking jokes. Acting goofy on occasion. When you’re happy, you’re more productive.

Find personal balance: I find balance in nature. I can sit on the shore of Lake Superior and feel incredibly grounded and calm, or I can climb a 14er in Colorado and feel invigorated and unstoppable. My go-to if I’m dragging is a trail run no matter what the weather is doing. There’s just something about that mix of sweat, mud, thrill and fresh air that always put me right.

Stay organized: I make lists for everything! On a scale of 1-10 (10 being organized and 1 being a complete mess) I would say I’m about a 7. Not great, but definitely above average. Also, sticky notes are also a godsend.

End your day: (She had two responses the we like!) 1) If it’s a good day, a good beer. If it’s a bad day, a good whiskey. All in moderation of course. I call my mom. Netflix and chill or read a book until I fall asleep. Clear my head for the next day. 2) I’m typically not a night owl. Evenings typically consist of some sort of sport after work (big into volleyball, cycling and soccer), a call to my mom, and then it’s either Netflix and chill or reading until I fall asleep.

So, next time you see a Duluth Pack in a retail location you recognize (we have teamed up with Barney’s of New York, Urban Outfitters, and Target’s website) just know that there is a team of people behind Duluth Pack being partnered up with another company.

On a side note, Duluth Pack has a strict MAP pricing policy regardless of where you purchase our brand’s product. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding our MAP Policy, please feel free to email our team at: [email protected]

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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GIFT YOURSELF

January 4, 2016
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Products featured in items above: The Elite Series Clutch, #100 Deluxe Shell Bag, and the Mini Haversack. Shop all products in our retail store or online at duluthpack.com.

We hope all of you had a fantastic holiday season. Did you get what you wanted that was wrapped under the tree? If not, it’s really okay to get it and gift yourself.

No gimmicks, no games, no regrets. It’s time to invest in the best for yourself.

In this post, we are rounding up our top sellers throughout the year that can work well for any lifestyle or desire. First thing is first, what do you need your Duluth Pack for?

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If you’re looking for a bag that will accompany you between portages or pub crawls, the #51 Deluxe Pack is the one for you. With it’s simple design, rugged aesthetic, and space for whatever you may need, it has quickly become a hit at trade shows, our retail store, and in online sales. Shop it here .

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You could be the type of person who wants stability, consistency, and durability. We have a bag for that. The Standard Portfolio is the ideal size briefcase for all your desk and office essentials. With a shoulder strap, zip closure, and is the identical piece to our large briefcase designs, but just more compacted. This is less bulk and more briefcase.

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A backpack style product is always going to be a classic in society. It can take you appropriate from class, to work, to the woods. However, not everyone wants an all zip closure and more of a unique look. The Duluth Pack Rucksack is just that. With a buckle front, included pockets, and drawstring top the Rucksack will carry your goods protectively and stylishly.

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Everyone needs a mini sidekick of some kind. One that we provide is called the Mini Haversack . It is designed to hold technology devices, store and organize trinkets, like pencils, pens, business cards, and keys. With a secure buckle closure and ideal cross body size, the Mini Haversack is one not to miss.

Thank you to our friend, Courtney Steeves for featuring us in a recent shoot with our products that are featured in this post.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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NEW YEAR. NEW BAG.

December 31, 2015
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In a few hours, it’s hard to believe that it will be a new year. Or also known as new goals, new responsibilities, new ambitions, and new wants.

Each year, we ask ourselves and our followers (you) what their New Year’s resolution is. Do you know yours yet? Ours is the same each and every time. We want to continue traveling the world with you. There are so many new and exciting places to see and experience that we can’t just have the resolution for one year and one year only.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is parallel to ours, then it’s time for you to invest in the best and get a new bag. It’s fitting – new year, new bag.

Here’s the breakdown of top sellers by category to help ease the online shopping mayhem.

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Dressed To Ill

TRAVEL CATEGORY

When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to think about is if your luggage will make it though the wear and tear. Here are not only our employees, but our customers favorite go-tos for any type of travel you have planned.

THE JET-SETTER

THE BISON LEATHER SPORTSMANS DUFFEL

THE ELITE SERIES SPORTSMANS TOTE

THE SMALL SAFARI DUFFEL

THE SPORTSMAN’S KIT BAG

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Photo Credit: Photographer, Jenna Kutcher

TRAILS TO TAVERN CATEGORY

Trails to taverns. It’s a pack that is durable, but stylish. It can hold all your gadgets and still be cool.

THE RAMBLER

THE SPARKY BAG

THE WANDERER

THE #51 DELUXE PACK

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Kaitlin Keegan of Blonde Expeditions

STYLISH STREETSTYLE CATEGORY

Duluth Pack’s history and beginnings were based on being the ultimate canoe pack for taking you from portage to portage. However, in this day and age, some customer’s just want a Duluth Pack, because of it’s American heritage and versatility, plus effortlessly cool look. Here are the top sellers for simply a good looking bag.

THE ROLL-TOP SCOUT PACK

THE SHELL BAG SERIES

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THE BISON LEATHER MEDIUM MARKET TOTE

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Photo Credit: Photographer, Mycah Burns of Redmond Digital Media

HUNTING MUST HAVES

Not only was Duluth Pack first around doing the traditional canoe packs, but also outfitting hunters for their hunt. Check out the style of hunting bags that have been around for quite sometime! P.s. we have a great relationship with expert hunting brand, Mossy Oak!

THE RANGE BAG

THE CANVAS PISTOL RUG

THE LEATHER RIFLE CASE

THE HAND WARMER

THE SHOTGUN BREAKDOWN CASE

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BACK TO SCHOOL

Heavy books, lots of homework, and just the demands of school can be enough weight on your back. Let us carry the load. You carry the passion, we carry everything else.

THE LARGE STANDARD DAYPACK

THE BISON LEATHER BOOK BAG

THE LAPTOP SCOUTMASTER

THE URBAN PACK

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity

WORK READY

Invest in a work briefcase that can carry and protect your career necessities safety.

THE EXECUTIVE PORTOFLIO

THE LEATHER COMPUTER PORTFOLIO

THE BISON LEATHER BUILDER’S PORTFOLIO

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DESK TRINKETS

Get the perfect office accessories at Duluth Pack. From journals, to checkbook covers, and your favorite wallets.

LEATHER CHECKBOOK COVER

THE BISON LEATHER BI-FOLD WALLET

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Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Years!

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– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SAVING A BUNDLE

December 28, 2015
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be long gone, but the Duluth Pack savings are not.

Currently Duluth Pack’s in store only 75% off clearance deals are in full swing. All categories are up for grabs including, children’s, women’s, men’s, and footwear. Not only are some of your favorite footwear and apparel brands in the mix, but don’t forget that Duluth Pack’s manufactured seconds are at a discounted price as well.

The Duluth Pack winter final clearance sale is available until the last piece is sold. However, don’t walk, but rather run, because the items are going extremely fast.

You can find our flagship retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN. There is free parking in Canal Park and pets are welcome in our location. For any questions regarding the Clearance Sale, please feel free to contact our wonderful customer service team at: 1-800-777-4439, email us at [email protected], or follow us and stay update via social media channels, like Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .

If you’re not in the Duluth, Minnesota region please feel free to stay updated on everything Duluth Pack, including deals with our email subscription sign up and by visiting our website at duluthpack.com .

Happy savings, folks!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SPLURGE VS SAVE

December 23, 2015
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Investing in the best is exactly that – investing .

Trust us, we know. Our American made and handcrafted lifetime guarantee products are expensive and are considered a luxury item. However, we do design and produce products that are similar to our more splurgy items, but still come with all the benefits of being a Duluth Pack, plus are less of a price tag.

SPLURGE VS SAVE DUFFELS

SPLURGE – Medium Sportsman’s Duffel in Great Lakes Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $325 / All Bison Leather Option MAP Retail Price: $495

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SAVE – Small Safari Duffel in Khaki Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $188

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Around the holidays, most of us are traveling, whether that be a short or long distance. Either way, you and your family have to pack up your most festive outfits and get to your destination in style. We are breaking down the similarities, differences, and price points of our best selling luggage pieces – the Medium Sportsman’s Duffel and the Small Safari Duffel. The Medium Sportsman’s Duffel is by far one of the most stunning handcrafted items we have designed thus far. The craftsmanship is impeccable, the simplistic detailing and hardware is timeless, and the leather accents are rugged but polished. However, the price point is one of our most expensive pieces and for all leather it ups the ante. The safe and less expensive choice for a Duluth Pack luggage good is our Safari Collection, which includes the Small Safari Duffel. With easy to use zipper opening, comfortable handles, and design aspect to hold more than enough, this less expensive choice will give you the luxury of owning a Duluth Pack, plus be less of an impact on your bank account. Shop the Medium Sportsman’s Duffel in canvas and leather and the Small Safari Duffel both in store or online at duluthpack.com

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SPLURGE VS SAVE DOPP KITS

SPLURGE – Sportsman’s Kit Bag in Olive Drab Canvas

MAP Retail Price: $115 / All Bison Leather Option MAP Retail Price: $140

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SAVE – Grab N Go Bag in Burgundy Canvas

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Another product that can add up in cost is a good and handy dopp kit or better known as a shaving kit bag. They are useful for so many ways, including holding a person’s hygiene products. One of our top selling items is our Sportsman’s Kit Bag. It comes with a zip closure, leather accents, a loop hole for easy handling, and is just the right size to pack in any bag. At $115, this product can be a bit spendy. To overcome the worries or questioning desiccation to buy or not to buy, we have created a new product called, the Grab N Go . For only $28 retail, yes you read the right, you get a smaller kit bag without the same design elements, but at a much less of an amount. Another great aspect of the Grab N Go is that it not only secures someone’s toothbrush and razor, but is a great lipstick case, pencil pouch, or trinket carrier. Buy yours here .

SPLURGE VS SAVE PURSES

SPLURGE – #100 Bison Leather Shell Bag w/ Black Trim

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SAVE – #50 Shell Bag in Black Canvas

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Finding your sidekick companion: AKA your new favorite purse can by tricky and pricey. However, finding a purse you will have for your entire existence is nearly impossible, except that we have quite a few you can choose from. We offer a wide range of products like our square purse design – the Mini Haversack , the buckle flap product – The Shell bag , the all zipper closure – The Traverse Crossbody , and the list goes on. One of the splurge purse styles is the all American Bison Leather #100 Shell Bag . It is beautiful, refined, and is classy. However, it comes with a price of $210.00. If you’re loving the style, but want to find a more suitable purse for everyday that can take on the wear and tear and still not break the bank is our #50 Standard Shell Bag in any of our 15 + canvas colors. You really can’t beat a selection like that for $65.00.

SPLURGE VS SAVE BRIEFCASES

SPLURGE – Executive Portfolio in Black Canvas

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SAVE – Standard Book Bag in Brown Canvas

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Last, but certainly not least is our discussion on the splurge and savings of briefcase designs and elements. By far our number one selling briefcase style is the Executive Portfolio . It comes with a remarkable esthetic of rich leather embellishment, strong hardware, and enough room to carry your office essentials, including your laptop, iPad, and documents. If you like the concept of a carry all, but not willing to pay the price, we have a great pick that will suit all your needs. The Duluth Pack Standard Book Bag is just that. With simple details and easy access to your daily needs, the Standard Book Bag comes with a comfortable cross body strap and posses the same buckle closure as the splurge example.

We hope we helped break down our most beloved splurge items and our great savers. What were your favorite comparisons? A special thank you to our friend and photographer, Amanda from Jane Cane Photography for the featured photo for this blog post. Shop the coffee mugs featured above here .

– Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at Duluth Pack

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR RETAIL STORE MANAGER

December 21, 2015
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We hear that our retail store located in Canal Park, Duluth, MN is one of the most unique shopping experiences and locations many have come across. We are grateful and humbled for these responses. To allow us to continue growing and creating a better shopping atmosphere for our customers, we need a leader who brings consistency and reliability. That person is our Retail Store Manager, Molly. She focuses on leading our retail staff to promote and sell our brand and the ones we carry, hit daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals, possess a open and comfortable place to work, and make sure all of our customers leave our location with the best experience we can provide.

Here’s a look what it is like desk side with Molly and what gets not only to carpe diem, but ready to get the sales staff team ready to achieve.

Start your morning:

Every morning I start with a walk through the woods with my two dogs, Jack and Reko. Taking a hike in the morning with the cheerful pups brings joy to every day, this is my “coffee” fix, as I am not a coffee drinker.

Stay motivated:

I always look for the next challenge, next adventure, next item to tackle. You can’t stay in the moment. If I have something to look towards, I will do my best to not only hit, but exceed that goal. One thing about me is I always need an adventure planned, as I live for traveling. It can be something as simple as weekend adventure in our own area, or something across the world, it doesn’t matter. But having adventures always keeps me motivated and pushing to the next thing, everywhere in life.

Get inspired:

Research – Reading, photographs, adventures, videos, you name it. I love to look for new ideas, new limits, hear other people’s stories. If I’m watching a movie, I’m immediately drawn to ones that are based on a true story, ones that showcase someone’s life journey and the hurdles they overcame. If it’s something like merchandising or even a house project, I Pinterest, a lot… I’m always searching for new ideas, inspiration for new projects or merchandising ideas. The creative minds of the world inspire me to continue trying new things.

Challenge yourself:

I’m someone that always wants to do better and always wants to improve. Once I hit a goal, I think of what can I do next. I reflect to discover learns and how to improve. It’s taking the time to reflect, plan, and push yourself for the next step. It’s never getting stagnant.

Motivate others:

A lot of this depends on the person. Everyone is motivated differently and as a manager, it’s important to take the time, get to know everyone individually, and discover what motivates them. It’s building a family, knowing that everyone is a team. If one person isn’t motivated, it impacts everyone. So discovering what makes that person tick. What keeps that person moving forward. It can be something simple like a “How was your day? Here’s a recap of what you missed” or it could be someone that needs to see big picture and have an overview of how their responsibilities impacts the others.

Find personal balance:

I have to have “me time”. If I am completely scheduled for more than a few days, it will take a toll on me. I need time to reflect, relax, stop, and enjoy the moment. Life passes quickly, so we have to enjoy the now as well as push ourselves for the future. If I get too busy of a schedule, I start saying “No, I can’t this week, but what about next?” I have learned this about myself and now am able to postpone a social interaction so I can have my “me time” to reflect and simply enjoy life.

Stay organized:

This all varies. I am usually a very organized person. But sometimes when it gets busy at work, I add it to a pile on the edge of my desk and then tackle little by little with any breaks in the day or week. It is considered my “interim” pile, where if I don’t have time to fully file, add to a digital list, etc it stays in my to-do pile and I tackle and put everything in its place as time allows.

End your day:

I end my day the same way I start it. A hike through the woods, except this time, my husband is able to join. We then relax and recap our days. We are very lucky to live in a rural neighborhood and are able to walk our dogs leash free through the woods.

So next time you walk through the Duluth Pack retail store, know Molly is the head coordinator and manager of the facility. Her expertise, experience, and personality make for not only a great leader, but a fantastic manager, and wonderful co-worker to have.

Read the past blog post on our President and our CFO’s Desk Side experiences as well. Who else would you like to meet from the Duluth Pack family?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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YOUR DULUTH PACK STORY

December 14, 2015
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We are always so thankful for our following and customers. Without you all we wouldn’t be who or where we are today. It’s something we are forever grateful for. Again, thank you.

Let’s be real though, we’re human. We sometimes get stuck in a rut or the same old same old and forget how something or someone can make such an impact in a person’s life. This is where we are forever touched about our customer’s stories whether it be where a pack saved their life from a lightning strike (this is really true and the Lightning Pack is showcased in our store) or their Duluth Pack purse saved them in a car crash. Again, a true story we will never forget. Just recently, Kaitlin shared her story and what Duluth Pack means to both her and her ex-boyfriend. Please read below and never forget to tell the ones you care about how much you love them and to live a life that makes you full and happy.

KAITLIN’S STORY

My ex-boyfriend, Chris, was a walking advertisement for Duluth Pack; he bought the pictured backpack on a trip to Minnesota years ago and it loyally accompanied him on countless adventures throughout the US and around the world. This photo was taken on a two week roadtrip last January as we were approaching the exhilarating uphill climb of Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park. I’ve always loved this photo but at the time I took it I didn’t know how meaningful this picture was going to become to me.

On August 2nd I unexpectedly walked into the Duluth Pack store in Canal Park and looked around in awe. I texted Chris in excitement and considered buying a bag of my own but decided against it.

On August 8th, I got a most dreaded phone call and received the tragic news that we had lost Chris. He was my first love but I was not his; everyone who met him fell in love. He was the most captivating person I’ve ever met. He traveled the world with this backpack and met people from every walk of life. His soul will live on in me and so many others that he touched.

Today is November 8th and it has been 3 months since we lost him. This photo has been the background on my phone ever since. His backpack is now in my possession and it will accompany me on every hike, every roadtrip, and every adventure, so that I can carry on Chris’ memory, his zest for life, and his passion for the outdoors.

I can feel Chris’ presence, his imprint on my soul, when I look at his Duluth Pack; thank you Duluth Pack for giving me something so tangible to hold onto and for being a center piece in so many memories.

It is our pleasure to be able to share Kaitlin’s story that she has given us approval to do so with. Thank you to Chris for his passion in our brand, company, and products and we know that our customers and followers even if they are not with us here today anymore are always one in a million. We want to know, what’s your Duluth Pack story? Please feel free to share with our team at: [email protected]

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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STUDY IN STYLE

December 10, 2015
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What do you get when you combine the sweetest Northern gal, Duluth Pack goodies, a partially charged camera, and crisp fall air? The answer is a fantastic photoshoot!

We have teamed up with the cutest Instagram guru, Annie Persson (Check out her page HERE ) and made some sweet photo magic! Not only was Annie our talented photographer for the day, but she actually stepped in front of the camera and became the model for the shoot, too! Talk about multitasking and very versatile! Kind of like Duluth Pack. You can find us up in the woodsiest of trails, but then look over at your favorite tavern and you’ll find a pack slung over a chair.

The products showcased in the shoot became her latest lusts. She is a full-time student, so we wanted to compliment her lifestyle. On the go style that brings you from coffee shop, to class, to the library, and back home on the weekends to visit the fam.

CLICK HERE FOR THE MINI HAVERSACK

CLICK HERE FOR THE DULUTH PACK ELITE SERIES CLUTCH

CLICK HERE FOR THE BISON LEATHER MEDIUM MARKET TOTE

DULUTH PACK LOGO MUG

DULUTH PACK DELUXE BOOK BAG

What are some of your favorite Duluth Pack products? List them below! We’d love to hear!

Thanks again to Annie Persson for her talent with this shoot.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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CALIFORNIA CRUISE WITH FIVE FOUR

December 7, 2015
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“Cruising down the highway. Looking for adventure.. ” now that that phenomenal tune is stuck in your noggin, we’re pumped to inform you of our awesome road trip adventure and photoshoot with our pals from Five Four!

Crisp California sea air, warm hugs from the sun, and two brands taking on an adventure together. We seriously couldn’t ask for a better weekend. On top of that, to find a company that whole heartily believes in the American heritage, craftsmanship, and purpose that you possess is one not to pass up. That’s where we became connected with our friends at Five Four. They focus on promoting quality made products that are appealing for men around the United States. Let’s just say that we were real excited when they initially contacted us.

Here’s to more adventures with Five Four. So, buckle up and hold on, because it’s going to be one fun trip ahead!

The products featured in the photos below include:

ALL LEATHER SPORTSMAN’S DUFFEL BAG

SCOUTMASTER PACK

THE ROLL-TOP SCOUT PACK

Thanks again to Five Four for the fantastic photos shown in this blog post.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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SANTA’S BIGGEST COMPETITION

December 4, 2015

It’s not one day, or even two, but rather push those numbers together – 12 full days of Christmas deals at Duluth Pack!

This time of year is back! Duluth Pack’s legendary 12 Days of Christmas is officially in full swing and one not to pass up (both in store and online at duluthpack.com) .

We like to think we are Santa’s biggest competition. We’re making our own products in house along with delivering deals you want to dash to. Think of it, we’re kind of like elves during the holidays!

There is nothing better than seeing someone / people enjoying a gift you purchased for them that they really wanted. Are we right? Heck yeah! Get your friends, coworkers, nieces / nephews, and siblings what they really want this year and invest in the best – AKA: Duluth Pack. The greatest part of purchasing during Duluth Pack’s 12 Days of Christmas is that your wallet isn’t getting drop kicked and you’ll become the best gift giver in the household.

How does it work? Simple. Each day both in the retail store and online, a new products or products will be marked down for that particular day. It keeps the excitement and holiday giddiness alive in all of us!

If you have any questions regarding Duluth Pack’s 12 Days of Christmas deals, please contact our helpful customer service team at: 1-800-777-4439, visit our social media pages, or stop into our retail store in Canal Park.

Happy holidays, friends!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack