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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

Events, The Lowdown

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

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

The Lowdown

THE PERKS OF WORKING AT DULUTH PACK

April 13, 2015
DONUT

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

The Lowdown

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

Canoeing, Trip Planning

DULUTH PACK – LARGEST BWCAW COOPERATOR

March 23, 2015
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Yes, you’ve heard it before and you will hear it again from us. Duluth Pack is the largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the entire world! (SERIOUSLY cool, right?!). We know, we know – we’ve got some major bragging rights and are sure as heck flattered and proud to promote it!

For 133 continuous years, we’ve been proud to say our roots as a brand and company started with being the original Boundary Waters canoe pack. Even though we have expanded our line into lifestyle, hunting, and collaborations, we still keep the outdoors near and dear, especially the Boundary Waters territory.

Whether you’re a beginner or seniority (You know who you are. You can basically walk the grounds with your eyes closed) within the Boundary Waters area, the stories and experiences are endless. I mean, you know a good story is coming when either weather, animals, or scary stories are involved! Ps: Has anyone ever heard of Piccolo Bob? Those stories kept me up for days! Anyways, before we get too off topic… the adventure starts, every traveler must be prepared with their essentials for the stay. Each one of these necessities is easily found at our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota or on our extremely accessible website: www.duluthpack.com.

From insect covers to food, or a bear whistle to a banana saver, we’re ready to outfit you for every journey. Our packs are durable, our supplies is top-notch, and our customer service is one-of-a-kind. Once each and every customer is outfitted for their experience ahead, we are ready to issue a BWCAW permit. Again, we can’t help ourselves from saying it, but we are THE LARGEST COOPERATOR OF BWCAW PERMITS IN THE WORLD! (Raise the roof, people!)

So, in the end, go to a retailer and brand (here’s Duluth Pack!) that has experience and knowledge of helping hundreds of individuals each season, so they have the best camping and canoeing trip they will remember for the rest of their lives. Of course, the best stories also involve you taking us along with, too! From generation to generation and from portage mile to portage mile, we cherish our little vacay up North with you all. It’s something we look forward to year after year.

Now the real question is, who is ready to get camping?! Ps: My hand is raised way, way, way up!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

March 16, 2015
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DULUTH PACK IS FOUR LEGGED FRIENDLY

Here at Duluth Pack we pride ourselves on a few values and interests. We stand for American Made quality, lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and our hardware, hardworking women and men behind the brand, simple designs and durability, and lastly, for the love (let’s not forget obsessions) of animals.

At our flagship store located at 365 Canal Park Drive here in Duluth, Minnesota, we allow animals of all kinds to come on in and enjoy the fun. From Great Danes to pigs (yes, we have had this happen) and we have had a few cats on a leash as well! Everyone can enjoy the Duluth Pack experience in some way, shape or form (can’t forget breed!).

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Not only does Duluth Pack allow your fur friend to enter our facilities, we also cater to their needs, wants, and desires as well. Can you say, TREAT?! From our great selection of pet treats, to leashes, collars, chew toys, our Duluth Pack dogs beds, and winter booties, we’re looking out for your whole family! Don’t worry, Max. We didn’t forget about you! Please find our selection of animal products in store and online at www.duluthpack.com.

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Lastly, most who work here at Duluth Pack own some kind of pet. Whether that be a small breed, large canine, or cuddly cat, we all understand the aspect of making them a priority. Not only in your life, but ours as well. We know you are proud of your pooches and kitties and have the desire to showcase their adorable faces to the world. Well, you’re are in luck, because Duluth Pack is calling out for all animal lovers! It’s your chance to have Duluth Pack help you out! Please submit any of your pets photos with your beloved Duluth Pack product to [email protected]! We would love to make not only your day, but everyone who sees it, too! By submitting photos, you give Duluth Pack the right to use these images. (Plus, we gush over them all day!).

PUPPY IN PACK

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THE BIG REVEAL

March 2, 2015
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THE REVEAL IS HERE!

No need for you to wait any longer! After all the clues and the teasing, we are ready to announce who we are making packs for this year! READY…..SET….. it’s MAROON 5! It’s completely okay to scream, fist pump, jump out of our chairs, and yes, even drool (I did shamelessly!) .

This is a special project we’ve had to keep our lips sealed (been harder than you can believe) now for a few months and we could hardly wait to let the news explode out of our mouths! Last year Duluth Pack created special embroidered packs for the unbelievably well known band, Mumford and Sons and this year Maroon 5. Maybe this is a “M” theme for now we’re going on, but we are excited to get not only a judge on the highly recognized show, The Voice, not only People Magazine’s “The Sexiest Man Alive” cover star, and we can’t forget Adam Levine (the lead singer) is married to an angel, pun intended, too. Yes, he is married to a Behati Prinsloo a Victoria’s Secret model. Could we ask for more positive media coverage on such a well known celebrity and entertainer? That would be difficult!

Anyways, we have the entire band of Maroon 5 strutting around with their custom made Duluth Pack Scout Packs in our great lakes color. We highly recommend you following Maroon 5’s taste and style and going with this bag handcrafted by Duluth Pack (hint, hint – it’s a top seller!) . You can find our Duluth Pack Scout Pack in all canvas and leather options here: www.duluthpack.com.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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WE DO! – (YOUR LIFE PARTNER)

February 23, 2015
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WE DO love being your life partner!

Maybe it’s not the so called, “Wedding Season” yet, but heck, it’s a committed relationship for Duluth Pack 365 days a year and we are still here for you and ready for the next adventure in life.

All of our Duluth Pack handcrafted products are made ONLY here in Duluth, Minnesota and in the same factory for over 103 years (we’ve been around the block for a while) . You can say we are committed! Another way Duluth Pack adds value, reliability, and quality to your existence (Awwww, so sweet) is Duluth Pack’s lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and hardware. This includes our rivets, sewing seams, buckles, and zippers. Now that’s what you call a promising relationship!

The famous old tale, “It’s too good to be true” – WRONG. That’s a bit of bologna in our eyes. We believe individuals are selective and choosy in what they look for in products and we applaud you for doing so (I’m not kidding, I just clapped my hands a few times) . Welcome Duluth Pack in your life!

A commitment Duluth Pack has taken on (and will continue to) with our customers is that we are there for you with any adventure comes our way together. You want to hit up the Eiffel Tower, we’ve got your back! You’re out in the woods about to get that 10 point buck you’ve been hunting for, we’re hanging right by you! You are walking into your first day of a job, we’re hugging your side! Through the classic “for better or for worse” we’re proudly here for you each and every time.

However, we aren’t perfect and we can get worn down and need a little TLC and that’s when we get a little repair done (no, no – botox and a tummy tuck is not involved) . Duluth Pack will repair your bag, tote, purse, portfolio, messenger bag, gun case, and pack even if the damage isn’t under our guarantee for a small fee. This is our appreciation to your loyalty and support of our business.

Life can get messy and even hard at times and Duluth Pack gets that! So, maybe your dog became hungry and eats the canvas, because it looks so tasty (we get it, they’re intriguing) . That’s life and it happens, but Duluth Pack won’t leave you in the dust. From the minute you bought a Duluth Pack product, you became part of the family, tradition, and heritage. We’ll take that beaten up product and fix it right on up!

So, in a long text of words, we are grateful that you take the plunge and accept Duluth Pack in your life as a forever companion. We are fortunate enough to walk through many chapters in your life and involving our employees in the stories as well is the icing on top of the a cake (dare I say wedding cake – I had to!). We cherish the experiences you have given us. To another anniversary with us!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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Shop Local Worldwide

February 16, 2015
The Duluth Pack Store

Shop Local

Shopping local has seemed to pick up not only as a trend, but more of a lifestyle choice for individuals around the country and even the world in some cases (thank you and round of applause to you all!). It’s the customers like you who allow us to do what we love and succeed at each and every day.

Why we are zoning in on this topic is because it’s important to the Duluth Pack brand and our existence as a company. Not only geographically here in Duluth, Minnesota, but also for our customers on our website. You may never travel to our neck of the woods (way up North – ya betcha!) but you can still get the shop local charm, experience, and appreciation through our website found at: www.duluthpack.com. Our Midwest roots, Northern influence, and classic looks (real dapper appearance at that – wink, wink) are what we want to be able to share with anyone, anywhere, at any time and still have them support a small company and brand who has never strayed from it’s geographical roots.

In a nutshell, we want to thank you all who have stuck with Duluth Pack since you can remember, just were introduced to our brand, or even if you haven’t purchased something – at least you are reading this and are becoming educated on Duluth Pack. We’ve put a lot of work and pride to get our brand recognized and cherished globally and it has been fun having you along for the ride. So, fasten your seat belts, because we are just taking off as not only your favorite Duluth local company, but a quaint stuck-to-their-roots brand that you are ready to see hit every global market but not change our dynamics, way of things, or even our traditions.