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THE TIMES COLLECTION IS HERE!

March 3, 2016
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Introducing the new Duluth Pack Collection, The Times!

Durably and carefully handcrafted Made in America Duluth Pack products with beautiful black and white plaid printed wool from Faribault Woolen Mills. It puts a timeless twist on the classic Red and Black wool collection we currently handcraft. With structured designs, timeless details, and top-notch quality, the new Times Collections is one to purchase before it is gone. Available both in store and online at duluthpack.com!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

DULUTH PACK CAREER POSITIONS

February 25, 2016

We as a company and individuals are so excited to announce that Duluth Pack continues to grow each and every day. With this, we have new career positions available within the company that involve, buying, retail, customer service, and production. Apply HERE .

Also, we are ecstatic to officially announce that because of our demand of handcrafted American products, Duluth Pack will be employing an entire second shift with production. Thank you to all of our amazing followers, subscribers, and ultimately customers who allow us to do what we love every single day. Without you, we wouldn’t be the “Oldest canvas and leather bag maker in the USA”. For 134 continuous years and counting, we have stuck our feet to American soil and dug through the hard times. We are proud to say we are an American company employing Americans and that will never change. Not only are all Duluth Pack items handcrafted carefully and durably in America, but we also source American products to employ as many hard working and dedicated Americans as possible around this amazing country. That has always been our mission and it always will be.

So, here’s to you all and to another wonderful and successful 134 years!

– From your very appreciative friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

NEW YEAR. NEW BAG.

December 31, 2015
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In a few hours, it’s hard to believe that it will be a new year. Or also known as new goals, new responsibilities, new ambitions, and new wants.

Each year, we ask ourselves and our followers (you) what their New Year’s resolution is. Do you know yours yet? Ours is the same each and every time. We want to continue traveling the world with you. There are so many new and exciting places to see and experience that we can’t just have the resolution for one year and one year only.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is parallel to ours, then it’s time for you to invest in the best and get a new bag. It’s fitting – new year, new bag.

Here’s the breakdown of top sellers by category to help ease the online shopping mayhem.

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Dressed To Ill

TRAVEL CATEGORY

When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to think about is if your luggage will make it though the wear and tear. Here are not only our employees, but our customers favorite go-tos for any type of travel you have planned.

THE JET-SETTER

THE BISON LEATHER SPORTSMANS DUFFEL

THE ELITE SERIES SPORTSMANS TOTE

THE SMALL SAFARI DUFFEL

THE SPORTSMAN’S KIT BAG

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Photo Credit: Photographer, Jenna Kutcher

TRAILS TO TAVERN CATEGORY

Trails to taverns. It’s a pack that is durable, but stylish. It can hold all your gadgets and still be cool.

THE RAMBLER

THE SPARKY BAG

THE WANDERER

THE #51 DELUXE PACK

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Kaitlin Keegan of Blonde Expeditions

STYLISH STREETSTYLE CATEGORY

Duluth Pack’s history and beginnings were based on being the ultimate canoe pack for taking you from portage to portage. However, in this day and age, some customer’s just want a Duluth Pack, because of it’s American heritage and versatility, plus effortlessly cool look. Here are the top sellers for simply a good looking bag.

THE ROLL-TOP SCOUT PACK

THE SHELL BAG SERIES

THE THE SCOUT PACK

THE BISON LEATHER MEDIUM MARKET TOTE

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Photo Credit: Photographer, Mycah Burns of Redmond Digital Media

HUNTING MUST HAVES

Not only was Duluth Pack first around doing the traditional canoe packs, but also outfitting hunters for their hunt. Check out the style of hunting bags that have been around for quite sometime! P.s. we have a great relationship with expert hunting brand, Mossy Oak!

THE RANGE BAG

THE CANVAS PISTOL RUG

THE LEATHER RIFLE CASE

THE HAND WARMER

THE SHOTGUN BREAKDOWN CASE

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Photo Credit: Duluth Loves Locals

BACK TO SCHOOL

Heavy books, lots of homework, and just the demands of school can be enough weight on your back. Let us carry the load. You carry the passion, we carry everything else.

THE LARGE STANDARD DAYPACK

THE BISON LEATHER BOOK BAG

THE LAPTOP SCOUTMASTER

THE URBAN PACK

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Photo Credit: Blogger, Katey McFarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity

WORK READY

Invest in a work briefcase that can carry and protect your career necessities safety.

THE EXECUTIVE PORTOFLIO

THE LEATHER COMPUTER PORTFOLIO

THE BISON LEATHER BUILDER’S PORTFOLIO

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Photo Credit: Jordan Villamor

DESK TRINKETS

Get the perfect office accessories at Duluth Pack. From journals, to checkbook covers, and your favorite wallets.

LEATHER CHECKBOOK COVER

THE BISON LEATHER BI-FOLD WALLET

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WOOD JOURNAL

BISON LEATHER NOTEPAD HOLDER

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe New Years!

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– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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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

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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, Rivers, Style, The Lowdown

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

The Lowdown

YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME

October 26, 2015
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Quality or quantity. Us humans usually have to choose one or the other. You either get a lot of bang for your buck or spend your pretty penny on lots of things. Either way, one is not right over the other. However, here at Duluth Pack, we believe that having quality friends and quality memories are what mean most. Whether it be drinking wine while watching Netflix on the sofa, sitting on the shoreline with a fishing pole in hand, or getting away on a weekend vacay together. Friends are the people who know us inside and out and will be there for us during our roughest or most amazing days. Friends are keepers.

We like to think your Duluth Pack product is like a friend. No, it doesn’t have a beating heart and can’t be the shoulder you cry on, but it’s there for you. Your Duluth Pack will carry you throughout the adventures, memories, and years to come. Your Duluth Pack will age, as humans do, and it will get bumped and bruised, but it will be there for you. It’s almost if you and your Duluth Pack become one. The handcrafted product will actually mold to your stature. The shoulder straps will have indents and grooves that only your body has created. That’s what really makes a Duluth Pack extra special. It’s guaranteed not only for your life, but its life. Which means, it probably will outlive you!

We’ve been making memories with our customers since 1882 and we have no plans on ever stopping. We cherish the adventures and stories we make with all of you and know a friendship with our customers is second to none. You’re 100% quality to us.

Thank you to photographer, Paige Hogan for the amazing photos pictured in this blog. Please feel free to check out her site HERE .

– From your (quality) friends at Duluth Pack!

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WE’RE OLD. WE KNOW. WE LOVE IT.

October 12, 2015
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AGING.

If you did not know, you do now. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. How old? 133 years and aging!

Aging. Is it taboo? Is it to be ashamed of? Is it to run like Forrest Gump from? Or is is something to embrace?

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 (don’t get dizzy now!) . We take pride in aging. Uh huh, that’s right. Why? Because it’s inevitable! We believe aging tells a story. For crying out loud, we are old! I mean, REAL 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 10 + 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, Testimonials

MEETS YOUR CRAFTSPERSON

September 24, 2015
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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