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The 4 Elements of Duluth Pack

June 13, 2016
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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. Including the fact that Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the USA.

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 134 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 134 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 104 years. 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. 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.

Photo by AshLee Frazier

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

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!

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

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, The Lowdown

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

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!

Gear Talk

FOR A LIFETIME

September 14, 2015
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We hear, nothing is for free these days. FALSE. We’re shaking that statement up a bit. How? Well, each handcrafted Duluth Pack product comes with a free Lifetime Guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware. Duluth Pack is so proud of the quality products and goods we use and create, that we gladly offer a lifetime warranty of craftsmanship and hardware.

What does that mean? Craftsmanship includes our sewing and riveting. Hardware includes all zippers, buckles, d-rings, snaps, and other metal parts utilized on our bags. In a nutshell, the production of the pack. If anytime in the life of your Duluth Pack product you have problems in these areas, return the product and it will be repaired free of charge. (Yes, that’s how much we believe in our product!) If the product cannot be repaired due to a defect in craftsmanship or faulty hardware, we will be happy to replace the item. However, 9 / 10 times most people will do anything to have their original Duluth Pack repaired, due to the memories, history, and adventures the customer and pack have made together. Please note: Damages not covered under warranty can be repaired at a minimal cost.

Your Duluth Pack item is designed and crafted to provide you with a lifetime of use and love. To wrap it all up, Duluth Pack is a premium, quality filled, Made in America product that comes with a lifetime guarantee. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Duluth Pack is not responsible for common wear or misuse of your product. Normal fabric or leather wear, or misuse is not covered by warranty.

Check out our selection of product at our flagship store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN (FREE parking in back) and or our website at www.duluthpack.com.

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

WE’RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

July 30, 2015

Have you always wanted to have a career that pushes you to do your best rather than a job that you just get by with? If so, you’re the kind of person we’re looking for. Due to our customers being so loyal, Duluth Pack has grown incredibly within the last year. For this, we are grateful and more motivated and determined than ever to continue employing more Americans! Now is your time to join our team!

If you’re a self motivated individual who wants to make a difference, become part of a brand that is based on quality, have pride in your employment and actually have some fun, too (plus, an awesome discount – oh yeah!) look no further. Apply and check out the Duluth Pack career page HERE .

Intrigued, but don’t know too much about the Duluth Pack brand accept that you love the products? No worries, here is a bit of information to chew on. Duluth Pack is the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack making company in the USA. Duluth Pack has been handcrafting since 1882, making us 133 + years old (we age well, right? Am I right or am I right!?) . Duluth Pack’s flagship store is located in Canal Park, Duluth, Minnesota and is a whopping 8,500 square feet of products and brands like, The North Face, Patagonia, Keen, Filson, Faribault Woolen Mills and Camp Chow. The Duluth Pack retail store is the world’s largest cooperator of BWCAW permits in the world! If you did not know, Duluth Pack is the original canoe pack, specifically of the BWCAW area. The Duluth Pack factory/headquarters is located at 1610 W. Superior Street, where we have been making our products out of for 104 + years. FREE public tours are given each week day and that’s where our customers and viewers can see the entire handcrafted process of how a Duluth Pack product is created. Fun fact: The fanciest riveting tool in our factory is a ball-peen hammer! Lastly, Duluth Pack is proud to be 100% handcrafted right here in America! If you look inside your Duluth Pack product, you will notice a Made in America tag. A better surprise – flip that tag up and notice that a sewer’s tag is there and signed. The name signed on the tag is the actual sewer who handcrafted that product just for you. Can you say, proud in your own work? In a nutshell, join our team today!

We look forward to seeing your application!

– From your friends (and new co-workers) at Duluth Pack

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JUST LIKE OUR COUNTRY, WE’RE AMERICAN AND PROUD OF IT

July 4, 2015
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

It’s the glorious 4th of July and we’re in full celebration mode. We’re so proud of our roots not only here in America, but being in Minnesota and even as specific as Duluth. It’s time to let the festivities begin. Wave the American flag to the sky, sing the Star Spangled Banner, slap on some Coppertone 45, eat a hotdog (oooh yeah!), dip your toes in the lake and listen to good ole’ country music (George Strait, anybody?). Like our country, we’re American and we’re darn proud of it!

We understand the summer temps. They are hot, sticky and promote less and less clothing. So, why would you want to haul around a bag or pack that seems bulky? You wouldn’t. That’s why we recommend our American Made Duluth Pack Drawstring Pack. It’s the perfect companion for days by the lake that fit just the right amount of essentials – sunglasses, swimsuit, beverages and is still patriot in so many ways. Get your hands on this All-American accessory here . And yes, it comes in the legendary red, white and blue trifecta!

Duluth Pack prides itself on being a quality filled product and company. However, we like to push that phrase even further. We pride our customer’s on enjoying their Duluth Pack products in a quality filled live that involves quality time with loved ones. Check out the Duluth Pack Exclusive Video made by our friend, Carl Martin! (Click HERE to preview video) Check out his other fantastic work on Vimeo.

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Have a safe and fun Independence weekend everyone!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

The Lowdown

KISS THE COOK

May 11, 2015
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Get ready for a stomach growl, because delicious looking grub is coming your way!

Tis the season where barbecuing, summer grilling, and over the bonfire meals are prepared, cooked and then gobbled down. Needless to say, it’s our absolute favorite time of year! Spicy, salty, sweet, sour and a twist of savory are all found in this post. Whether it’s finger linkin’, grab and go, simmer over the fire, or just plain ole’ good looking morsels, we’re all over it! Thanks to the ease and instant accessibility of Pinterest (follow us by hitting THIS link) , anyone can become the new up and coming Betty Crocker. Check out some of our “need to try before we die” meals below.

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We’re starting off with a bang! As in, Dynamite Bang Bang Shrimp, folks! Wow-ee THIS recipe has seriously left my stomach craving and my tastebuds eager to gobble down this dish. If you’re not a fan of seafood or allergic, you can easily substitute chicken into the meal. This recipe knocks it out of the park, no questions asked.

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This photo makes use just think, “Hello there, carbs.”. The most All-American meal (minus hot dogs and burgers of course) but in a close third place is the notorious grilled cheese sandwich. It just takes you back to middle school days, doesn’t it? The ooey gooey filling of melted cheese squashed in-between two perfectly crisp pieces of bread – it’s like heaven on a plate. THIS dish pushes us to step up the grilled cheese game and incorporate a few more ingredients that will make the sandwich go from ‘yum’ to ‘give me now!’ kind of attitude. Now all we need is a cup of tomato soup and we are good to go.

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A food related blog post is nothing without a hint of sweet sugary goodness in the mix. Please note, THESE cupcakes are watermelon inspired. So, we take it that they count as a serving of fruit, too (kidding – kind of) .

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A scrumptious salty solution is here! The combination of Snickers and salty – that was the ticket to convince us to try THIS in a split second. Crunchy goodness is always a yes in our book.

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Veggies are tasty, friends. Especially when they are topped with sour cream and turned into fritters. Wa-la, wa-la! THESE suckers are fool-proof to make are and incredibly delectable. Give your side dishes a zip and try them for your next din. Ps: When you do, please feel free to invite the Duluth Pack clan.

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CHILI. CHEESE. FRIES. FIRE. Did we mention cheese? Yes, THESE babies are such a treat, especially when out in the brush. Some of our team has made these and swears they hit the spot when you’re craving a meal that maybe isn’t oh so healthy, but is darn good cookin’.

You all need some supplies to help with your prepping and food festivities. Check out our entire spread of cooking supplies (available in store and ONLINE ) that helps make your dinner a breeze. Maybe none of these recipes don’t intrigue you. Not a problem! Check out Duluth Pack’s minimal step meals, especially if you’re heading into the woods or on the water – HERE .

Have any of you tried or concocted these recipes before? We’d love to hear your opinions! Also, if you have a recipe that is share worthy, please feel free to email us at: [email protected] We will test them out and write another blog on our findings!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack