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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

The Lowdown

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

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

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

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

MORE THAN STRONG AND QUALITY PRODUCTS

November 30, 2015
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Why do you love your Duluth Pack?

Is it because it is a canvas and leather pack that carries your essentials to and from work, in the thickest of forests, or down the river bends? Or maybe it’s because your Duluth Pack does all of the above, but most importantly you build strong and quality filled relationship with it too. Not only have we has a company been around the block a time or two, but we have been making memories with you and your family since 1882. As we say, Duluth Pack is more than strong and quality products. We’re your friend. We focus and cherish our strong and quality filled relationship with you.

Everyday, we strive to have at least one person become a part of the so called, “Duluth Pack family”. Once you own a Duluth Pack, we want you to know how much we appreciate you. You’re one of us. AKA: the thriving adventurer, pizza loving (extra cheese, please!) , positive viewing, go big or go home kind of pal.

That’s what we intend with our connections outside of Duluth Pack as well. We want to connect, network, and build prospering friendships with our dealers, our collaborators, and partners in crime (let’s be real, there is never any crime). When we hunt, seek, and bop around looking for the best of the best to collaborate with, we want to carry a friendship that lasts longer than just one photo shoot or one blog post. We want to build memories together that we can look back on and smile, plus become inspired and influenced on.

A take away from today’s post, “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” It’s always better to be sweet than sorry. Focus on the quality of people, things, and products around you rather than the quantity.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead!

Photo by outstanding individual and person we are happy to call a friend, Jenna Kutcher. Visit her website HERE .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DEALS AND STEALS!

November 27, 2015
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It’s the “kind of a holiday” of deals and steals galore! We’re a very festive group, so Duluth Pack is launching out sales that you certainly don’t want to miss out on for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and even Cyber Monday! We’re so excited that we an hardly stay still! All deals are available on our internationally stoppable website HERE but for reference is (www.duluthpack.com) and at our flagship retail store in Canal Park located in the heart of Duluth, MN. P.s. FREE PARKING IN THE BACK!

As you may know, Duluth Pack products hardly (if ever) get marked down. So, this is your time to fetch out that pretty penny of yours and save some big moola on that pack you’ve been lusting over.

Will there be more than just bags? Oh yeah, you betcha! There will be other goodies available including apparel, books, edibles, and even some merino wool items! Trust us, these are our best discounts in history!

Want more than just one product at a steal deal? Don’t sweat it! We have put together specially picked bundles of top selling products that compliment one another and save you bundle – get it?! Keep all pieces together for one big and great gift to someone special, or kill two birds with one stone and separate the pieces to gift more than one person. So, it’s basically a win win situation we’re talking about.

We take the stress out of holiday shopping and focus on the holly jolly part of it.

Happy shopping, friends!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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FALL FISHING

November 19, 2015
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The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors, the loon calls are diminishing, but the fish are biting. Fall fishing season is one that we do not take advantage of one bit. We relish in the time of crisp air, hot apple cider beverages, cozy wool blankets, and a fishing rod in our hands. Life by the lake is near perfection.

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 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? Just last week with your beloved? 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 in the cold. 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

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

THE ONE, THE ONLY, THE ORIGINAL

November 16, 2015
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Triple threat action here. The one, the only, the original.

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.

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 133 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 133 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 almost 104 years (I mean, that’s seriously cool!) . 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. I mean, where can you find a lifetime guarantee on ANYTHING anymore? 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.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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THE BIG HUNT

November 12, 2015
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It’s on. It’s here. The big hunt .

The leaves are falling, but your adrenaline is rising. You’re not just in the woods, but you have become it. It’s not only the time of the year where you pass on your technique, but your American Made products and gear, like Duluth Pack. Remember, you carry the passion, we carry everything else.

The Duluth Pack hunting products featured in this photoshoot by Redmond Digital Media include:

THE DULUTH PACK AMMO BAG

THE DULUTH PACK RAMBLER PACK

THE DULTUH PACK TURKEY CHAIR IN Mossy Oak Break-Up Pattern

THE DULUTH PACK RANGE PACK

THE DULUTH PACK ALL DAY LUMBAR PACK

THE DULUTH PACK RIFLE CASES

THE DULUTH PACK SHOTGUN CASES

THE DULUTH PACK PISTOL RUGS

THE DULUTH PACK BOW PACK

THE DULUTH PACK MOUNTAIN BOW PACK

THE DULUTH PACK MOUNTAIN RIFLE PACK

Happy hunting, friends! Be safe, have fun, and good luck!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack