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THE BIG REVEAL

March 2, 2015
Maroon5

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
piperbrownshowroom

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

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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Stalking the Wild Leek (with recipe!)

April 20, 2012
Leek Stalks

wild leeks in woodsDelicious Wild Edibles

It’s the time of year when one of the most delicious wild edibles thrusts itself out from under the leaves with reckless abandon—the wild leek. Here in Duluth the leek is often the very first green you’ll see in the woods. This makes them easy to find if you what to look for.

wild leeks greenLeeks prefer areas in stands of hardwoods, like maple and ash, with plenty of moisture. A seasonal creek bank is a good location. Their life cycle is short and they will soon be shaded out by emerging tree leaves. So get them while you can! They are easily dug with a hand trowel but are connected to a root system you must sever before being able to lift them from the ground.

 

 

Wild Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

Leek Stalks

My favorite recipe for leeks is Wild Leek and Potato Soup. A version of it follows. Happy Hunting!

Wild Leek and Potato Soup
2 c. leeks, diced
4 T butter
salt and black pepper, to taste
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
4 c. chicken or vegetable stock
1 c. warm milk

Saute the leaks with butter, salt and pepper.
Peel and dice potatoes and add to mixture in the pan when leeks begin to look translucent.
When potatoes begin to brown, add chicken or vegetable stock. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
Turn off heat and when boil ceases slowly stir in warm milk.
Garnish with a leek and a crusty baguette.

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100 Years: A Great “Duluth Pack Day”

July 19, 2011
Piper shows off her new Duluth Pack sticker

 

 

Piper shows off her new sticker

 

It was 1911, and Duluth was the Zenith City, more millionaires per capita than any other city in America. Awnings were going up by the dozens around town as shopkeepers dressed up their storefronts. And a French-Canadian named Camille sold the rights to his “Poirier Pack,” a canoe pack with a revolutionary sternum strap, and traditional tumpline to Duluth Tent and Awning.

On Friday, July 15th, 2011, in the Duluth Tent and Awing factory, Duluth Pack celebrated 100 years at our 1610 West Superior Street location. Mayor Don Ness presented us with a proclamation making it “Duluth Pack Day” in the city. Our front sidewalk was heavy with local dignitaries and media for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Following the ceremony we held an open house with tours of our grand, old facility and fired up the grill to serve lunch to our guests. Over 200 people came to see all that goes into making a pack right here in Duluth. Starting with the cutting of the leather and the canvas, upstairs to sewing the pack together, next to the rivet station, on to clipping and turning, and finally out to shipping.

It was all hands on deck as our production staff answered the many questions and comments from our visitors. Most just watched as the bags were assembled, and marveled in the realization of all the hard work that goes into an “American Made” bag. We have quality people building our quality product, and what fun it was for them to share their expertise with our highly interested guests.

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday to support our 100th anniversary in our factory on West Superior. Everyone here at Duluth Pack had a great day, and really enjoyed meeting all of you. Camille started us off 129 years ago, so we are looking forward to another great 100 years.

If you missed the chance to get a factory tour during the open house, come on by any weekday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and we will show you around. Of course don’t expect the grill to be up and running, but you never know.

Head to DuluthPack.com

 

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Duluth Pack Photo Contest Winners Announced!

May 24, 2011
THIRDPLACE

Thank you to everyone that participated! We have some fantastic fans and photographers! Here are the winners and honorable mentions! Keep taking those pictures, we will have another photo contest soon!

1ST PLACE ($100 Duluth Pack Gift Card) –  Brett VanDerBosch  “I am a student at UMD and am currently studying abroad in Montpellier, France. I bought a Duluth Pack before my adventure and absolutely love it! I hiked a mountain at the Pelvoux-Vallouise in the French Alps and snowboarded back down.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd PLACE – Anna Essendrup  ($50 Duluth Pack Gift Card)  Pink Daypack at Machu Picchu, Peru.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3RD PLACE  ($25 Duluth Pack Gift Card) KIRK LUDWIG  Loaded up for a week on Lake Superior, at Agawa Rock.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

MAIJA RANNIKKO  All three sizes of the Standard Daypack Backpack in Berlin, Germany during a trip to Iceland, Germany, and Poland in May 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEN MATHESON Taken about 13 miles north of Nome, AK in February 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TONY MILLER

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How the Olympics can inspire us all

March 2, 2010

After 16 days of spectacular events, it was time to become unglued from the television. The Olympics seem to have a way of inspiring us all. Especially the Winter Olympics, sporting events we can really relate to here in the Northland!  It brings out our national pride (GO USA) and also showcases so many different nations from around the world and we learn athletes stories that you can’t help but root for them!

Now that the games have concluded I got off the coach and went on a search to find Olympic inspiration in my own community and I urge you to do the same in yours!

I found a “Learn to Curl for Free” event in town at the Duluth Curling Club. Thank you for the lesson! I enjoyed myself but don’t think I could make the 2014 team, it’s much harder than it looks. The free lesssons filled up fast, so I know there were many inspired folks in town.

 

After Curling, I went out to search for another Olympic event. I found the Chester Bowl Ski Jumps. No longer regulation, these ski jumps are no longer used for competitions but every year Chester Bowl offers free ski jumping lessons to carry on the rich tradition to our local youth. As you can see the jumps are pretty high up there, so I passed on strapping on ski’s and giving it a go and moved on to the next Olympic venue I could find, which was Nordic Skiing. I went home, strapped on my X-C skis and headed out for an Olympic workout. Well first off, I didn’t look like an Olympian without a one piece spandex suit, but I gave it my best shot. I have a long way to go before I would make any Olympic team so I headed out to find anything else Olympic related. Low and behold I found the closing ceremonies for the Duluth Snowlympics. Complete with all the local kids skiing down the hill after the torch for the lighting ceremony. Yes, we even had our own “Olympic” torch! The festivities concluded with a spectacular fireworks display. I hope the Olympics has inspired a little bit in all of us, to get up, get out, and enjoy!

 

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A Brief History of our “Zenith” City

April 27, 2009

 

In 1886, Duluth, Minnesota was called the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. A fitting name to all who have visited or live here. The home of the Original Duluth Pack has a rich history. A brief synopsis follows.

Our most famous landmark: the Aerial Lift Bridge

Originally this land was inhabited by the Sioux and Ojibway tribes when they were pushed further east by settlers. The 1600’s brought the French Voyaguers here for the fur trading. In 1855 when the Sault Ste. Marie canal opened it made Duluth the only port able to access both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By 1869 Duluth was the fastest growing city in the nation. The stock market crash of 1873 put a stop to our rapid growth, we peaked about 100,000 people.

With the area’s abundance of lumber and mining coupled with a vibrant shipping and railroad industries, by the early 1900 Duluth boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country.

Today you can still revisit the past with our many historical buildings still preserved today.

Our flagship store in Canal Park (365 Canal Park Drive) is a block from the historic Aerial Lift Bridge, come by and tour our remarkable Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. If you do, be sure to stop in at our factory and take a tour of our shop, it’s a pretty cool place!