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INTRODUCING NEW DULUTH PACK ITEMS

May 12, 2016
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Happy Thursday, friends!

We’re excited to officially announce that we have launched two new products that all of you have been asking for sometime. Introducing the All Leather Safari Duffel and All Leather Traverse Crossbody Bag .

As our President, Tom Sega, says, “It’s about the people. They are what makes Duluth Pack happen every day.” It’s true, if it weren’t for all of you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag maker in the USA, and that is not a coincidence. It’s from handwork, loyalty, support, and consistency in quality and values. You are the reason Duluth Pack is what it is today and from that, we love listening to what new products you ask for and will ultimately purchase and use for your lifetime.

Thank you for your ideas and interest in new Duluth Pack developments and products. So, here’s to you all and enjoy the two new products that you requested and can finally purchase and use.

Wishing you all a tremendous weekend ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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MORE THAN CANVAS AND LEATHER PRODUCTS

March 28, 2016
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Duluth Pack . Two words and one big history.

The brand, Duluth Pack has been proudly around since 1882, which makes us the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA. The company’s products from canoe packs, to business portfolios and purses alike, have been passed down from generations, telling a story of where they have been and what they have held. In the Duluth Pack flagship store, located in Canal Park in Duluth, MN, there are plenty of products that have tested the lifetime guarantee warranty on craftsmanship and hardware. One olive drab portfolio, showcases it’s battle markings after being deployed to overseas. Another, getting jolted by the direct hit of lightening and still staying in a pack-like-shape. The third, being scratched and bit by a hungry black bear, yet still a pack to carry contents in.

When some hear the words Duluth Pack , a canvas pack comes to mind, but the Duluth Pack brand is more than just that. Duluth Pack prides itself on the infamous statement, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”. The 133 year old company has been making products the same way, each handcrafted by one sewer, riveted with original techniques, and cut with precision on the highest quality of American leather, canvas, and wool around. Once each bag, specifically made just for you is complete, the sewer signs their signature. This is a personal expression that the Duluth Pack brand prides itself on that’s unique and promotes their skillful employees.

The Duluth Pack factory is available for tours on a weekly basis. They are open Monday – Thursday. Please call ahead to reserve a tour spot. The factory is located at 1610 W. Superior St in Duluth, MN where Duluth Pack has been handcrafting bags and packs in the same and only Duluth Pack factory for over 104 years. Now that’s impressive!

The Duluth Pack retail store is located in energetic Canal Park in Duluth, MN. The Duluth Pack selection at the retail store includes all products in all colors, canvas, wool, and leather options. There are other well-known brands available for purchase such as, The North Face, Patagonia, Hydroflask, Merrell, Keen, Smartwool, Pendleton, Camelback, and many more.

With age comes wisdom and Duluth Pack has a history and story to share.

Photo by our friends: @Dreaming_outloud and @Bryce_Miller – follow them on Instagram!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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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

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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

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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

The Lowdown

THE STAPLES

September 21, 2015
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Finding outfit staples, like a bag, jeans, a good pair of kicks, and a hat are crucial. They are like the vanilla ice-cream of desserts – they are reliable and go with everything!

We’re doing a little breakdown today (no, not dancing – we wish!) but rather, discussing which Duluth Pack canvas and leather products you should start making your everyday necessities.

DULUTH PACK MEDIUM MARKET TOTE

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The Medium Market Tote. 1) It’s cool. 2) It’s a newly released product. 3) It’s only $85! Some may think, “Whoa, that’s a lot of money to drop, Duluth Pack!” We get you, really. But, think about all the coffee runs you get a week or the miscellaneous products you don’t need at the store and never end up using. Trust us, those add up and quickly. So, take those pretty pennies of yours, save up for a month, and voila – you’re the new owner of one of these Made in America goodies. Easy enough, right?!

DULUTH PACK #51 DELUXE PACK

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Talk about a useable product that was handcrafted for adventures. Wowee – check out the eye-catching #51 Deluxe Pack. With rich leather detailing, a grab handle, and an interior hanging pocket, this bag is cool enough to go from trail to tavern any day! Admit it, it’s swoon worthy! Check it out HERE .

DULUTH PACK FIELD SATCHEL

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It’s if a book bag and a portfolio had an offspring. The Duluth Pack Field Satchel is the best of both worlds. 1) It’s a bag that comes in at $155! Hello, lifetime bag! 2) It’s just the right size. Not too big and not too small (our version of Little Red Riding Hood) . 3) With a buckle closure and a zip interior pocket, this bag is begging for a good time. Tough enough for the outdoors and effortlessly cool enough for the city.

Have fun finding your new gotta have it / need it now piece for your closet.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DULUTH PACK, THE GEAR JUNKIE AND A GIVEAWAY!

July 8, 2015
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We’ve caught the giving bug and we’re teaming up with the awesome folks of The Gear Junkie to do a giveaway of the Duluth Pack #51 Deluxe in our wax canvas hue! Don’t know which style that is? Not a problem, click HERE to check it out.

The beyond cool The Gear Junkie employee, Andrew drove up to Duluth one wonderful spring day this year and took the grand ole’ tour of the Duluth Pack factory/headquarters – all 104 years and counting in this bad boy! I walked around the tour with Andrew as our fantastic leather cutter, Jim explained the whole enchilada on the Duluth Pack company, our products and down to the materials and custom work he has done since being employed here. (Seriously, Jim is THE BEST at tours) . After moseying the cutting, riveting, sewing and quality control area, Andrew revises his knowledge on the last hour and picks through his snapshots that he took that involve lots of canvas, leather and buckles.

This day was just the start of a great idea for our two companies to work together. After focusing on what each companies does, we realized we’re kind of the best fit for one another. A straight forward opinion on goods (The Gear Junkie) and the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack company in the USA (Duluth Pack) . It was time to unite. So, this is where the first ever giveaway together was born!

Check out The Gear Junkie’s review of the Duluth Pack #51 Deluxe and why they think it’s the bag for not only their staff, but for you and you and yes, even you! Read the review HERE . Now, if you want to enter the giveaway, please enter either the Duluth Pack’s Facebook page here or The Gear Junkie’s here .

Happy Giveaway!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

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April 20, 2015
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Cuddles, kisses, snuggles, footsie. Oooh yeah, that’s the good stuff or also known in every day lingo.. TLC.

That’s great and all, but that’s not quite the tender loving care we are discussing today. HOLD IT! Don’t you go anywhere. This read is necessary if you own, borrow, or even thinking of buying or using a Duluth Pack!

We’re all about the touching, holding, caring, and forever love you feel for your Duluth Pack and keep on keepin’ on with it, but we’re discussing how to truthfully “care” and revamp your Duluth Pack to look like a shiny new penny.

Here are some easy peasy guideline and tricks of the trade we here at Duluth Pack have seen work – yes, we are confident about it, because we are time tested for over a century! So, without a further a do, let’s get to the nitty gritty frequently asked questions…READY, SET, GO.

1) How do I clean my Duluth Pack?

We DO NOT recommend putting our packs in a washing machine as it may have the potential to compromise the integrity of the bag. We do recommend washing our packs by hand with a mild detergent (i.e. unscented hand soap, dish detergent, etc.). Please feel free to check out our website with care instructions and a tutorial of how to do so.

2) What do I do if my Duluth Pack gets wet?

It’s life, it happens. Let your pack air dry completely in a well ventilated area. Also remember to condition your leather! Hello, leather is skin. Skin gets dry, so condition it every so often. We recommend our selection of the brand LEXOL that has cleaners and conditions. Available both in store at 365 Canal Park Drive and online at www.duluthpack.com.

3) Where do I send my Duluth Pack for repairs?

Bumps and bruised a bit? No worries, we’re here! We may not be St. Nick, but we do work like elves here in our shop! Send your repair to: 1610 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please remember to include a note with your contact information, mailing address, and a description of what repairs you would like us to do. We will give you a call for any estimates, and we will not repair your pack until you approve them. Not to toot our own horn or anything (toot, toot!) but we have been in the same facility for over a century!

Now, these are the top questions/concerns/comments we hear almost on a daily basis. You, our customer and us here at the Duluth Pack team respect and understand the craftsmanship, time, effort, and care it took to not only create that precious bag of yours, but the adventures and memories associated with it. We want you to get the best care possible all around with Duluth Pack and that requires what goes in and on your pack as well.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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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