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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.

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Aging: It’s Inevitable

February 2, 2015

AGING.

It’s a word with so much power behind it and sadly it’s mostly considered a negative in society. Duluth Pack takes a 180 degree spin on things. We take pride in aging. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! We’ve been around since 1882!

We consider our packs somewhat like a person. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart or lungs flow oxygen through the body of the pack, but it has structure, proof of a well lived generation, can communicate stories, and yes, it even ages .

In more cases than not, many of our employees who have owned packs 5 + years are constantly asked if their well worn Duluth Pack can be purchased. Total shocker on society’s aging concepts, right?! Duluth Pack’s products still keep their heritage feel and look with a well loved charm once broken in. Now, you Duluth Pack customers (you’re all the best and thank you for your support and business) understand this! It’s almost like Duluth Pack is a good wine, it just gets better with age.

As Duluth Pack’s President, Tom Sega states, “My Duluth Pack ages better than I am!”. Anyone else have this feeling, too? Another aspect a Duluth Pack product is similar to a person is how to treat the item after it has turned the corner and is considered “aged”. Like an individual, we use anti-aging or beauty brands that we believe make us look our age, but, well better . With Duluth Pack products, if your item is a waxed canvas, we recommend over time re-waxing the item. Locking moisture in and preserving the pack to the highest abilities. Also, our leather products are literally skin, too. As some individuals do, they moisturize with a lotion, body butter, or some kind of vaseline to keep their skin from peeling, breaking, or down right hurting < i> (especially during these harsh winter months) . With our quality leather products, there is also a “cure” for the same outcomes! Check out our selection of leather conditioners and cleaners at www.duluthpack.com and at 365 Canal Park Drive.

Now that are within the first 2 months of the 2015 new year, some people may have put “look younger” as their resolution. We want to preserve age, wear and tear, and mostly the original appeals of what attracts people to Duluth Pack. We aren’t the shiny and in your face, but we radiate quality. Whether a customer is interested in our original canoe packs in olive drab, to a client wanting the bison leather portfolio items we sell, all Duluth Pack’s age. Our parting words with you today will be, “be like your Duluth Pack and flaunt our aging!”.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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TRAVEL BUDDIES

January 5, 2015
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It’s that time of year, when some of us (I sure know I do) get antsy and need to thaw out from the frigid Northern cold that blows off of Lake Superior.  It is when you need to chime into your animal spirits ways, become a bird, and fly south for the winter. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, it’s almost that easy and Duluth Pack is here to help you out!

Our Duluth Pack Daypacks, Totes, Shell Bags, Duffles, Portfolios, and Scout Packs are sure to help the travel process be more happy and less hectic. Can you say, “Hello, best carry on of my life!”. Duluth Packs are handcrafted to take on that extra TLC or also known as travel beatings. With our stylish seams, tough as nails rivets, durable fabrics, and time tested way, you just can’t beat a Duluth Pack as your new and improved travel buddy. Take note, we like pretzels over peanuts.

Pictured is a Duluth Pack fan traveling home over the holidays in style. Her Roll-Top Scout Pack in Olive Drab Canvas is a sure knockout. This product is available both in our retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and at duluthpack.com!

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

Gear Talk

New Product: the Port City Sling

April 10, 2014

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The Port City Sling is inspired by the Frisbee players and sun tanners at Park Point beach in the middle of this city on a port. Whether seated on the bus, or in line for lunch, twist this pack from your back to your lap and easily access all of your gear. The Port City Sling is your one-strap backpack solution with comfort in mind.

• Hand constructed 15 oz. canvas for durable quality and heritage “better-with-age” aesthetic.
• Outside pocket for easily accessing important items.
• Flexible cotton strap provides durable comfort.
• Securable elastic cording for holding items such as a light coat.
• Tough YKK zippers for quick access to secured items.

Guaranteed for life on craftsmanship and hardware. Made in the USA.

Dimensions:
17“H x 11“W x 3“D (measured at widest perpendiculars)

Shop it here!

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Our Founder Came to Duluth 144 Year Ago Today

February 12, 2014
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.

Read more about this event, and Camille Poirer here.

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The Duluth Pack Store Experience

September 18, 2012

In June of 1991, we opened our first “hole-in-the-wall” retail store in Duluth’s Canal Park, a revitalized warehouse district on the waterfront. Within a few years, we quickly expanded three times and finally built our 5000 square-foot flagship store a few doors down in April of 1998, which is where we are today.

Stopping by our retail store is not just about the shopping, it’s about the experience!  We have 2 levels packed full of merchandise and so much to see, smell, touch, and even taste.  Here is just a small sampling of some things you can expect to see when you visit……

Duluth Pack Welcome Moose

 

 

 

 

Of course, you’ll find our complete line of Duluth Pack backpacks and bags!

 

 

 

 

 

Along with camping supplies…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

……and lots of clothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve got Stormy Kromer, Merrell, Woolrich, and The North Face, just to name a few……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can get fitted for a paddle……

 

 

 

 

 

 

….take a closer look at a Gransfors axe (be careful – they’re sharp!)…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..and see how these Magnesium Fire Starters work!

Be sure to say “hello” to our critters atop the cabin….

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and have a seat next to our fireplace while you peruse our unique library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, the next time you’re in our neck of the woods, make sure you stop by for a visit…

…we’d love to see you!