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WE DO! – (YOUR LIFE PARTNER)

February 23, 2015
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WE DO love being your life partner!

Maybe it’s not the so called, “Wedding Season” yet, but heck, it’s a committed relationship for Duluth Pack 365 days a year and we are still here for you and ready for the next adventure in life.

All of our Duluth Pack handcrafted products are made ONLY here in Duluth, Minnesota and in the same factory for over 103 years (we’ve been around the block for a while) . You can say we are committed! Another way Duluth Pack adds value, reliability, and quality to your existence (Awwww, so sweet) is Duluth Pack’s lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship and hardware. This includes our rivets, sewing seams, buckles, and zippers. Now that’s what you call a promising relationship!

The famous old tale, “It’s too good to be true” – WRONG. That’s a bit of bologna in our eyes. We believe individuals are selective and choosy in what they look for in products and we applaud you for doing so (I’m not kidding, I just clapped my hands a few times) . Welcome Duluth Pack in your life!

A commitment Duluth Pack has taken on (and will continue to) with our customers is that we are there for you with any adventure comes our way together. You want to hit up the Eiffel Tower, we’ve got your back! You’re out in the woods about to get that 10 point buck you’ve been hunting for, we’re hanging right by you! You are walking into your first day of a job, we’re hugging your side! Through the classic “for better or for worse” we’re proudly here for you each and every time.

However, we aren’t perfect and we can get worn down and need a little TLC and that’s when we get a little repair done (no, no – botox and a tummy tuck is not involved) . Duluth Pack will repair your bag, tote, purse, portfolio, messenger bag, gun case, and pack even if the damage isn’t under our guarantee for a small fee. This is our appreciation to your loyalty and support of our business.

Life can get messy and even hard at times and Duluth Pack gets that! So, maybe your dog became hungry and eats the canvas, because it looks so tasty (we get it, they’re intriguing) . That’s life and it happens, but Duluth Pack won’t leave you in the dust. From the minute you bought a Duluth Pack product, you became part of the family, tradition, and heritage. We’ll take that beaten up product and fix it right on up!

So, in a long text of words, we are grateful that you take the plunge and accept Duluth Pack in your life as a forever companion. We are fortunate enough to walk through many chapters in your life and involving our employees in the stories as well is the icing on top of the a cake (dare I say wedding cake – I had to!). We cherish the experiences you have given us. To another anniversary with us!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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Shop Local Worldwide

February 16, 2015
The Duluth Pack Store

Shop Local

Shopping local has seemed to pick up not only as a trend, but more of a lifestyle choice for individuals around the country and even the world in some cases (thank you and round of applause to you all!). It’s the customers like you who allow us to do what we love and succeed at each and every day.

Why we are zoning in on this topic is because it’s important to the Duluth Pack brand and our existence as a company. Not only geographically here in Duluth, Minnesota, but also for our customers on our website. You may never travel to our neck of the woods (way up North – ya betcha!) but you can still get the shop local charm, experience, and appreciation through our website found at: www.duluthpack.com. Our Midwest roots, Northern influence, and classic looks (real dapper appearance at that – wink, wink) are what we want to be able to share with anyone, anywhere, at any time and still have them support a small company and brand who has never strayed from it’s geographical roots.

In a nutshell, we want to thank you all who have stuck with Duluth Pack since you can remember, just were introduced to our brand, or even if you haven’t purchased something – at least you are reading this and are becoming educated on Duluth Pack. We’ve put a lot of work and pride to get our brand recognized and cherished globally and it has been fun having you along for the ride. So, fasten your seat belts, because we are just taking off as not only your favorite Duluth local company, but a quaint stuck-to-their-roots brand that you are ready to see hit every global market but not change our dynamics, way of things, or even our traditions.

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TRAVEL BUDDIES

January 5, 2015
flying

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

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

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

From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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The Very Fashionable Market Tote

March 19, 2012
The Market Tote from Duluth Pack

“Oh, I love your bag; is that from Nordstrom?”, to which I proudly replied, “Nope–it’s from Minnesota!” • Amanda

The Market Tote from Duluth Pack

“I got this bag for a friend who teaches yoga and moves from gym to gym all day.” • Bikerarcher

“I have been on the lookout for a sturdy and chic work tote that I can use on weekends as well.” • Baghound

Duluth Pack Market Tote: The official bag of Dallas’ design cognoscenti.” • Joslyn Taylor

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Duluth Pack Introduces Mossy Oak® Camouflage Series

February 1, 2012
Mossy Oakª Introduction

Officially licensed by Mossy Oak®, Duluth Pack now offers their quality manufactured products in camouflage canvas.

For more than 20 years sportsmen have relied on the Mossy Oak® name for high quality camouflage apparel and accessories. Now outdoorsmen can get their favorite Duluth Pack backpacks, gun cases, hunting accessories, and canoe packs in that same high quality camouflage canvas.

Duluth Pack has taken the products most requested by sportsmen and begun producing a line of products with Mossy Oak’s® best-selling New Break-Up® pattern. This new line of camouflage will include, but not be limited to: pistol rugs, shotgun and rifle cases, all-day lumbar pack, hand-warmer, range bag, standard daypack, the rugged Bushcrafter pack, with the always-popular Rambler and Wanderer daypacks. All other Duluth Pack products will soon join this highly anticipated line, and can be made to order at any time.

Duluth Pack also offers their handcrafted products in 14 different colors of canvas, six colors and patterns of wool, in addition to traditional leather and American Bison leather. This new line in camouflage offers a unique and different option to sportsmen heading out into the field or the duck blind. President of Duluth Pack, Tom Sega states: “The New Break-Up® camouflage fabric from Mossy Oak® will round out an already excellent line of hunting gear.”

About Mossy Oak

Avid hunter and current CEO Toxey Haas founded the Mossy Oak Company in 1986.  Mr. Haas gathered up a bag of leaves, sticks, and dirt, went into the local fabric company, and dumped the contents onto the counter. His request; “can you print a fabric that looks like the stuff in this bag?” Mr. Haas realized good camouflage patterns must integrate realistic looking environmental elements as well as shadows and layers from the natural surroundings. Today, Mossy Oak has a large number of camouflage patterns and has grown to embody an outdoor lifestyle.

 

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A Bushcrafter Pack Under Every Tree

January 24, 2012
Michael and his Bushcrafter on Ellis Mountain

Michael and his Bushcrafter on Ellis Mountain

In a recent conversation, via email, I spoke with 16-year-old Michael from Redford, New York about his new Bushcrafter pack. Michael received his new pack for Christmas, and quickly took it out into the woods of Ellis Mountain in New York. Michael tells me they were scouting a spot to use as base camp during a soon to be taken winter camping trip.

The first thing his crew set out to accomplish was to clear some debris at the end of the trail. Michael shared with me:

“The axe and saw sleeves built into the pack were excellent, it made getting to the tools easy without having to unpack anything, untie anything or take off gloves.”

Michael’s group then headed up the mountain to scout their campsite for the future winter trip.

“The narrow design of the pack made it very easy to walk through the woods.”

Mike Lummio of Bushcraft Northwest designed the Bushcrafter for Duluth Pack. His mission was to create a pack loaded with technical features, which will carry everything you need, and nothing you don’t. With the highest functionality in mind Mike specifically used nylon compression straps on the side of the Bushcrafter.

The Bushcrafter Michael received for Christmas has leather compression straps on the side of the pack, which was a custom order placed by his father.

Michael packs up his Bushcrafter with custom compression straps

“I think the leather side straps allows you to adjust the pack size while keeping the classic look of your packs.”

Thanks so much to Michael for taking the time to share his Bushcrafter experience with me. Sounds like he had a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Visits Duluth Pack

January 6, 2012
Senator Klobuchar watches work on the sewing floor at Duluth Pack

Senator Klobuchar watches work on the sewing floor at Duluth Pack

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited the Duluth Pack factory on January 5, 2012 as part of her “Made in America” tour of Northern Minnesota. Senator Klobuchar stopped in five cities and visited companies as part of a tour that has stopped in more than 20 businesses across the state. The Senator’s tour is designed to showcase successful Minnesota companies and job creation in the state.

First stop on Wednesday was LINDAR in Brainerd/Baxter, a plastics thermoforming company that specializes in stock plastic containers and custom plastic parts. Next was on to Park Rapids for a tour of their downtown and Main Street. Next was a roundtable discussion on tourism and broadband communications at the New Frontier Resort.

Thursday morning saw a stop at the Bemidji City Council Chambers to present the Red Cross “Lifesaving Award of Merit.” Senator Klobuchar presented the award to Kelsey Johnson who saved the life of her stepfather during a seizure. The next stop was a business tour of the Terex Construction Americas facility in Grand Rapids. At that facility Terex manufactures compact construction equipment.

In the afternoon it was here to Duluth Pack! After introductions and a quick stand up interview with the local TV news stations we toured our 100-year-old factory. The Senator was gracious and eager to learn about the past, present, and future of Duluth Pack. She also shared with us childhood memories of her family loading Duluth Packs for their adventures into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Senator Klobuchar took great interest while the watching the process on the sewing floor and in the riveting department. She also paid great attention while examining the numerous fabrics and leathers in the cutting department. Our wool bags appeared to capture special regard from the Senator, and I have a feeling a Hitchcock patterned Shell Bag is in her future.

Great thanks go out from all of us here at Duluth Pack to Senator Amy Klobuchar and everyone from her office that visited us here in Duluth. Best of luck in the future on your  “Innovate America Act.” We hope that sharing our company and manufacturing process with you will help promote innovation and America’s ability to compete in this global economy.

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Stormy Kromer: History of a Great American Made Hat

November 23, 2011
Wear your Stormy while you fish, and stay warm

Imagine your “real” job is the engineer on a train screaming down the frozen tracks of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You stick your head out the window to try and get a glimpse of something…of anything. Suddenly, your hat is stolen away by the swift, invisible hand of Njord, god of the wind.

This cruel scenario played out more than once for our hero George “Stormy” Kromer. He would peek his head out of the window on the train engine, and his hat would be stolen away.  Stormy knew there had to be a better hat; the fedora design just wasn’t well suited for hanging out of a train engine.

Having been a semi-pro ball player, spending time on more than 30 teams, Stormy was partial to baseball hats. He asked his wife Ida if she could modify his favorite ball cap to help keep it on in the windy weather. She came up with a hat, which incorporated a soft canvas visor with a six-panel design that stayed put in the wind.

The men who worked the railroad with Stormy liked the hat so much they wanted one for themselves. After a very, short time Ida was unable to keep up with demand, she hired a few workers, and in 1903 the company was born. Demand was ever increasing, and in 1919 the Kromers moved production to a facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 2001, Bob Jacquart, owner of Jacquart Fabric Products purchased the rights to Stormy Kromer caps and the production was moved to Ironwood, Michigan. Today, the company produces more than 50,000 caps annually, in a variety of colors and styles. Of course Stormy Kromer is more than just hats. Stormy Kromer jackets, shirts, and pants are all made right here in the U.S.A.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Women’s fashions for fall

September 30, 2011
Petal Pusher

The wind is blowing, the leaves are turning color, and it feels like fall here in the north woods. It is time we starting thinking about pulling those warm clothes out of the closet. Better yet, let’s talk about what’s new and looking good for women this fall.

Stormy Kromer Petal Pusher Hat • Good, old Stormy Kromer, his ears would get cold while wearing his baseball hats and steaming down the rail line. His wife, Ida added ear flaps to one of those time-tested hats, and the Stormy Kromer hat was born. The Petal Pusher not only looks good but it’s stitched with the same last-as-long-as-you-will, six-panel-crown-construction as the original Stormy Kromer cap. Made in America.

 

 

Filson Women’s Wool Timber Jacket • Like Stormy, C.C. Filson was a railroad man who knocked around Nebraska for a time before he settled in Seattle, Washington. The gold rush came to his neck of the woods in 1897 and C.C’s destiny in wool was forged. This jacket is reminiscent of the original Filson wool jackets designed to protect timber cruisers. Built for warmth, the Timber Jacket is made from Filson’s heavy weight 100% virgin 24-oz. Mackinaw Wool. And, it is as durable as it is good looking. Made in USA.

 


All-Leather Rucksack • Our comfortable wrap-around Classic Rucksack, redesigned as a women’s backpack/purse. The All Leather Rucksack is made with our luxurious Serengeti leather and has been sized down for everyday use. Take it on the hiking trail with you, to a football game, or wandering around Canal Park. Guaranteed for Life. Made in USA.

 

Heim Made Minne-Skirt • Here is a great down insulated skirt from right here in Minnesota. Perfect for staying warm while being
active in the winter time; hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Also great to have with you for those fall football and soccer games when you need just one more layer to curb the chill while you cheer for the hometown team. A “jacket for your behind” as the Heim ladies like to say.

 

 

 

Minnetonka Three Layer Fringe Boot • In 1822, two 17 year old boys paddled up the Minnehaha Creek to make the European discovery of Lake Minnetonka. While we are not sure of their footgear, one thing we are sure of: this Three Layer Fringe boot is going to be a very popular one this fall. Minnetonka likes to say these are “more than just boots, they become a part of you.”  Calf high, in natural suedes with a thin rubber sole.

This season is shaping up to be a really nice one for color in the trees of Minnesota. Looking forward to getting out and enjoying some great walks through the woods. Here’s hoping you have a great fall season no matter where your hiking boots may land.