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The Market Tote from Duluth Pack

The Very Fashionable Market Tote

“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

Mossy Oakª Introduction

Duluth Pack Introduces Mossy Oak® Camouflage Series

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.

 

Michael and his Bushcrafter on Ellis Mountain

A Bushcrafter Pack Under Every Tree

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.

Senator Klobuchar watches work on the sewing floor at Duluth Pack

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Visits 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.

Wear your Stormy while you fish, and stay warm

Stormy Kromer: History of a Great American Made Hat

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!