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The 4 Elements of Duluth Pack

June 13, 2016
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We hear it constantly and know it. Many companies try to replicate our products. I mean, it’s not that difficult. We’re canvas and leather products. However, the one thing they cannot copy as hard as they may try is our passion, our story, and our heritage. Including the fact that Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA.

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 134 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 134 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 104 years. 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. 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.

Photo by AshLee Frazier

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

FISHING SEASON

May 9, 2016
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Does this post seem a bit fishy today? It is for us and here is why.

One of the most beautiful times of the year here in the Northland is upon us and we’re getting ready for it. Summer is quickly approaching and we are getting prepared for all the outdoor activities we can emerge ourselves in, like fishing.

This year, we have become incredibly close with photographer, Kiley Marissa. She brings a spunk and artistic viewpoint to showcase not only our canvas and leather products, but promote the emotional connection behind the packs. She gets that our goods creates stories and last a lifetime. As we say, “Making memories with you since 1882″. P.s. check out Kiley’s website HERE

What is your favorite memory on the lake? Is it with your parents when you were a little tyke? On the water with your granddaddy and you beat him with the bigger fish? Maybe it was the time you didn’t catch a single thing, but laughed the entire time. Whichever moment you have, we want to be there with you. Check out our Duluth Pack fishing themed products in our retail store or on our website.

CLICK HERE FOR THE DULUTH PACK LURE LOCKER

CLICK HERE FOR THE DULUTH PACK MINI TACKLE BOX

CLICK HERE FOR THE DULUTH PACK SOFT SIDED TACKLE BOX

CLICK HERE FOR THE HANGING LURE CHALKBOARD

CLICK HERE FOR THE DULUTH PACK WANDERER PACK

Happy fishing, happy memories, and happy shopping!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Events, Gear Talk, The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK BAG FOR ELLIE GOULDING

May 5, 2016
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We’re thrilled to announce that we have once again partnered with the wonderful folks at the XCEL Energy Center to handcraft and provide a Duluth Pack bag for upcoming artist and performer, Ellie Goulding!

Today, Thursday, May 5th, some of the Duluth Pack team will be headed down to St. Paul, MN to hand deliver the finalized product handcrafted just for her. Want to know which product she is getting? Click HERE to shop it!

Over the last few years, Duluth Pack has handcrafted packs for performers at the XCEL Energy Center like:

Mumford and Sons. Buy their style of bag HERE .

Hozier. Buy his style of bag HERE .

All Jingle Ball 2015 performers including, Demi Lovato. Buy her style of item HERE .

Maroon 5. Buy their style of bag HERE .

Dave Matthews Band. Buy their style of bag HERE .

Those are to name a few. Now that it is 2016, we’re more ready than ever to continue handcrafting more bags for A-list performers and entertainers.

Who do you want to see Duluth Pack handcraft a bag for in the future? We’d love to hear!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

FOR THE WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE

May 2, 2016
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Let’s give it to the mother’s in all of our lives. Make this Mother’s Day memorable and one-of-a-kind just like your mom is to you.

They are our providers, supporters, pushers and our go-to protectors in this glorious life.

Mother’s Day gifting can be such a head scratcher. What do you gift the best woman in your life? How can you forever thank her for what she does in ONE day designated for her? It’s time to step up the gifting process for the woman who taught you how to tie your shoes and say how much she means to you beyond perfume and lovely flowers. Here is the gift guide for being original and finding a unique product that will have your mama saying, “thank you” rather than “you’re welcome”!

Here are a few shell bag she’ll love.

#100 The Times Collection Shell . It’s chic, it’s classic, and it’s what she can match with everything.

Bison Leather Shell Bag . The most edgy, glam, and super luxe of the shells we offer. Available both in black and brown trim, it’s a showstopper, just like she is.

The Standard Shell Bag . It’s a size smaller from our top selling #100 dimension, but brings all the same aesthetic and shape as the bigger. It’s the oringial shell

Happy Early Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk

MEET YOUR CRAFTSPERSON

April 28, 2016
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Duluth Pack customer meet your craftsperson, craftsperson meet your customer!

At Duluth Pack, our sewers, cutters & riveters take unbelievable pride in their artwork and craftsmanship. You won’t find a more talented and dedicated group of artists who care more about perfecting their work. This is why with every handmade Duluth Pack product, you can find the sewer’s name right on the tag. It’s not quality assurance – it’s loving what you do and loving what you make.

You’ve been curious. We know it. Don’t deny. We can almost smell the sense of curiosity. It’s now that time when Duluth Pack is introducing the hardworking employees behind its quality products. Duluth Pack’s craftspeople take so much pride in what they create, that they actually came up with the concept of personally signing each and every bag they produce. Want to know where to find the signature of the sewer who handcrafted your bag just for you? 1) Flip over the “Made in America” tag to find the craftsperson’s signature. 2) Meet them with THIS link. P.s. you can even write them a letter to thank them!

Here it is. Plain, simple, and to the point. This is Duluth Pack’s Motto: T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More! What is the significance behind this quote and what does its involvement mean with this particular blog post today? A LOT!

Here at Duluth Pack we are more than just employees, we’re a team, and ultimately a family. May seem cliche and hey, even slightly corny, but it’s the utter most truth. This segment is about you all getting to know Duluth Pack beyond just the canvas and leather products. It’s time to meet the hard working people behind the packs who handcraft day in and day out the products you purchase!

We’ve asked questions regarding the company, favorite Duluth Pack product, and yes, even the personal mush gush questions that every one is always a little curious about knowing, even if they won’t admit it at first. So, without a further a do, here are some of the women and men who make up the Duluth Pack team. (And please feel free to give anyone of them a hard time for their guilty pleasure!) . Click THIS link to read up on the people behind the packs!

So, who handcrafted your Duluth Pack? Comment their name below!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk

INTRODUCING THE NEW DULUTH PACK COLORS

April 18, 2016
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Last week, Duluth Pack was ecstatic to announce that they have launched two new canvas hue to their line – purple and grey canvas.

For over the last year, Duluth Pack’s customers have been mentioning how they want a new assortment of hues in the Duluth Pack line and very specific on both a deep purple color and a neutral grey tone. They asked for it and now their handcrafting it!

For the first few days, the two tones are available in the brand’s top selling products. Within the upcoming week, all items will be available in both selections.

Want to see the collection? Visit our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN (365 Canal Park Drive) or hop online and go to our site at www.duluthpack.com.

Happy Shopping!

From your friends at Duluth Pack

Events

DULUTH PACK THE NORTH FACE EVENT

April 14, 2016
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Happy Thursday, folks.

Tonight, we’re excited to announce our in store Duluth Pack The North Face Event!

Where?

The Duluth Pack retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN. 365 Canal Park Drive. Note that there is free parking in the back of the location.

When?

Come join the fun from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CST

Who?

The event is hosted by us (Duluth Pack) with special brand guest from The North Face and free beer tasting of the new Duluth Pack Pale Ale crafted by The Duluth Brewhouse Brewery and Grille.

Why?

Why not? We’re always down for a good time here at Duluth Pack. Everyone is invited and we’re looking so forward to seeing you all there. Feel free to confirm your invite on the Duluth Pack Event’s page HERE .

Here’s to a good time and free giveaways!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK CUSTOMER SURVEY

April 11, 2016
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Hi, friends!

Thanks for stopping by. Today we have put together a survey on what you want to see from Duluth Pack in the future. There are ten questions referring to blog post idea, new product concepts, email subscription blasts, and more!

We greatly appreciate what you have to say and we want to hear it!

To access the 10 question survey please click HERE . Please note, all questions and surveys will be confidential to Duluth Pack and none of your personal information will be shared to the public at anytime.

Photo by professional blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

MORE THAN CANVAS AND LEATHER PRODUCTS

March 28, 2016
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Duluth Pack . Two words and one big history.

The brand, Duluth Pack has been proudly around since 1882, which makes us the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA. The company’s products from canoe packs, to business portfolios and purses alike, have been passed down from generations, telling a story of where they have been and what they have held. In the Duluth Pack flagship store, located in Canal Park in Duluth, MN, there are plenty of products that have tested the lifetime guarantee warranty on craftsmanship and hardware. One olive drab portfolio, showcases it’s battle markings after being deployed to overseas. Another, getting jolted by the direct hit of lightening and still staying in a pack-like-shape. The third, being scratched and bit by a hungry black bear, yet still a pack to carry contents in.

When some hear the words Duluth Pack , a canvas pack comes to mind, but the Duluth Pack brand is more than just that. Duluth Pack prides itself on the infamous statement, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”. The 133 year old company has been making products the same way, each handcrafted by one sewer, riveted with original techniques, and cut with precision on the highest quality of American leather, canvas, and wool around. Once each bag, specifically made just for you is complete, the sewer signs their signature. This is a personal expression that the Duluth Pack brand prides itself on that’s unique and promotes their skillful employees.

The Duluth Pack factory is available for tours on a weekly basis. They are open Monday – Thursday. Please call ahead to reserve a tour spot. The factory is located at 1610 W. Superior St in Duluth, MN where Duluth Pack has been handcrafting bags and packs in the same and only Duluth Pack factory for over 104 years. Now that’s impressive!

The Duluth Pack retail store is located in energetic Canal Park in Duluth, MN. The Duluth Pack selection at the retail store includes all products in all colors, canvas, wool, and leather options. There are other well-known brands available for purchase such as, The North Face, Patagonia, Hydroflask, Merrell, Keen, Smartwool, Pendleton, Camelback, and many more.

With age comes wisdom and Duluth Pack has a history and story to share.

Photo by our friends: @Dreaming_outloud and @Bryce_Miller – follow them on Instagram!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk

MEET THE MODEL – COURTNEY

March 24, 2016
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Hey readers! Today’s post we want to introduce you to one of our great model and blogger friends, Courtney. Over the last year and half, Courtney has been working with the Duluth Pack team for photo shoots, features, and social media shoutouts. Here’s our fun opportunity for you all to get to know her a little bit better beyond the snap shots she rocks.

“Hello Loves,

My name is Courtney Steeves. I am a 21 year old lifestyle blogger from the small town of Rogers, Minnesota. About three years ago I moved to Minneapolis and started college at the University of Minnesota. While sitting in my Freshmen dorm, I decided I needed a space to share my thoughts and get creative. The required general classes that I was taking at the time were great, but they did not give me the creative outlet I so badly needed. With that thought/need, my blog, With Love And Light was born. Almost two years later, With Love And Light has opened the door to more opportunities than I ever thought possible. Blogging has become my form of expression and I am loving every moment of this new life journey.

Now that you know my story, I believe we should take this opportunity to get to know each other a little more! Here are ten random facts about me that only my closest friends would know:

1. I have wanted a puppy of my own since I was 15, but my parents always said no. So, for my fifteenth birthday they bought me a chinchilla. Her name is Lilly.

2. I have an obsession with mugs. I only drink out of mugs.

3. I am SUPER ticklish. Tickle me and I will end up hitting and/or kicking you.

4. I wore one pair of boots from Anthropologie all throughout high school. They have been repaired four different times because I wore holes into the soles over and over again.They now live on a shelf in my room and only come out for VERY special occasions.

5. Green tea + milk puts me to sleep.

6. I am a greenbelt in karate. Watch out!

7. Night games are still one of my favorite things to do in the summer. Sardines!

8. I cannot spell to save my life. Honestly, it is really bad.

9. I have only attempted to die my hair myself one time in my life. That was also the only time I have ever had orange hair. Oops.

10. I have been through some beautiful and some not so beautiful moments in my life. I am an open book. I want to be that person people can turn to. Talk to me about anything and I will give you the best advice I can.

There it looks like we are now close friends!

Much Love,

Courtney”

Thanks for stopping by and we hoped you all enjoyed meeting another person behind the packs here at Duluth Pack. Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack