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DESK SIDE WITH OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

January 7, 2016
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Have you ever wondered how Duluth Pack bags aren’t just sold in our 8,500 square foot retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN or just our website DuluthPack.com? Just take a moment. Duluth Pack can now be purchased in a retail location in over 30 states in the USA and 11 different countries. This feat does not just happen over night, but rather a team effort with incredible communication and planning skills that many can’t match. This is all done by our Outside Sales Rep team who tell the story of Duluth Pack’s heritage, history,and future. What we possess, what makes us different, and why Duluth Pack is more than just canvas and leather company.

Welcome, Maddy. Our new Outside Sales Representative who has a spitfire of a personality, brings extra spunk to the office, and has a determination like no other. She and other members of our Outside Sales Rep team travel around the country discussing plans, collaborations, private labeling opportunities, and other ways Duluth Pack can impact someone’s life. Without a further ado, here’s Maddy!

How do you…

Start your morning: Go for a run! Then coffee. A lot of coffee.

Stay motivated: I love the feeling of accomplishment, so I do everything I can to end each day feeling like I completed or moved forward with something. It doesn’t have to be something huge, small victories feel just as great. It’s all about perspective and taking the time to enjoy what you have the ability to make or change. That motivates me.

Get inspired: I’m inspired by intelligence, strength, and altruism.

Challenge yourself: I’m very goal-oriented and committed. I like to test my limits and promise to accomplish something that I’ve never done before. Whether that’s setting an insanely high sales goal at work or signing up for a marathon, I won’t stop until I cross that finish line.

Motivate others: Positive energy. Smiling. Cracking jokes. Acting goofy on occasion. When you’re happy, you’re more productive.

Find personal balance: I find balance in nature. I can sit on the shore of Lake Superior and feel incredibly grounded and calm, or I can climb a 14er in Colorado and feel invigorated and unstoppable. My go-to if I’m dragging is a trail run no matter what the weather is doing. There’s just something about that mix of sweat, mud, thrill and fresh air that always put me right.

Stay organized: I make lists for everything! On a scale of 1-10 (10 being organized and 1 being a complete mess) I would say I’m about a 7. Not great, but definitely above average. Also, sticky notes are also a godsend.

End your day: (She had two responses the we like!) 1) If it’s a good day, a good beer. If it’s a bad day, a good whiskey. All in moderation of course. I call my mom. Netflix and chill or read a book until I fall asleep. Clear my head for the next day. 2) I’m typically not a night owl. Evenings typically consist of some sort of sport after work (big into volleyball, cycling and soccer), a call to my mom, and then it’s either Netflix and chill or reading until I fall asleep.

So, next time you see a Duluth Pack in a retail location you recognize (we have teamed up with Barney’s of New York, Urban Outfitters, and Target’s website) just know that there is a team of people behind Duluth Pack being partnered up with another company.

On a side note, Duluth Pack has a strict MAP pricing policy regardless of where you purchase our brand’s product. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding our MAP Policy, please feel free to email our team at: [email protected]

– From your 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

PAPERWEIGHT

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

Gear Talk, Style, The Lowdown

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

The Lowdown

HUNTERS, GATHERS & THE OVER PACKERS

June 1, 2015
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hunters, gathers & the over packs…

I personally happen to be the latter – thank goodness for lifetime guaranteed Duluth Pack zippers to hold in the excess apparel options!

Anyways, back in the day, life came between what humans hunted and gathered to survive. This was crucial to live – no if’s, ands or buts about it. In modern day society, it’s not that straight forward. It seems to have come down to the effect that we hunt for what we want (i.e.: relationships, friends, security), we gather what we need (via: food, family, water, shelter) and over pack the unnecessary (with: dress clothes, concert tickets, drama, stress, expectations). Can we just go back to simpler times every so often? I’m not saying we have to take two sticks and rub them together hoping a flick of a flame happens, but rather we take on the mindset of essentials. AKA: we leave behind the unnecessary stresses or obstacles in life and focus on the future.

This ride called, “life” – It’s about where you are going, where you want to be and where you want to end up. To get there though, we all need a few good luggage pieces to help along the way (wink, wink – Duluth Pack ). What do you believe is your personal destiny? Here at DP, we want to go places, be places, live in the present, strive for the future and grow with our customers. Let’s do it together, friends!

Reality proves, we are all a little bit of a hunter, a gather and a over packer in our veins. We’re human beings for crying out loud – it’s inevitable. We’re thirsty for more, for better and quality filled lives and let’s sure not settle for anything less than that. Let’s keep the fuel from the fire roaring and go after what intrigues us and pushes us beyond just survival means. So what do ya say? Up for an adventure? We’re packing our bags as we speak write!

Thank you to our friend, Amanda from JaneCane Photography for this fantastic snap of her beloved Olive Drab Duluth Pack Sportsman’s Duffel! You can find her website HERE

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

Gear Talk, The Lowdown

Duluth Pack premieres the American Bison Series

October 20, 2011
American Bison Series

New, high-quality leather is introduced to Duluth Pack’s venerable line of products.

Introducing the American Bison Series from Duluth Pack. The American Bison Series blends the quality and tradition of Duluth Pack with the rugged luxury of the American West. Beautifully handcrafted of full-grain, premium Bison leather, these bags are both robust and replete with style.

Our craftspeople, which create these pieces, pay significant time and attention to every detail as well as to the elegance of their art. The bags in this series are sewn from full hides, which are soft to the touch and durable for life. Elements such as rolled leather handles, hand-pounded solid copper rivets, and interior linings come together to embody these high-quality bags.

With traditional styling in mind, we have taken seven of our most in-demand leather products and adapted them especially for bison leather. The series includes: the Bison Leather Kit Bag, Bison Leather #100 Purse, Bison Leather Traveler’s Portfolio, the Bison Leather Sportsman’s Tote, Bison Leather Gun Cases, Bison Leather Pistol Rugs, and the Bison Leather Sportsman’s Duffel.

Reminiscent of expeditions across an untamed American West, these pieces will become time-honored adventure gear. Reward yourself with something truly unique from the American Bison Series by Duluth Pack. Made in America, guaranteed for life.

About the American Bison

For hundreds of years the natives of the North American plains relied on the bison for their existence. The bison was hunted to near extinction in the 1870’s, their numbers dwindled to as few as several hundred remaining. A reintroduction of bison to North America began in 1899, and today free-ranging bison in conservation herds number approximately 30,000. For many people living in North America the bison is symbol of strength, stability, and prosperity.

About Duluth Pack

Duluth Pack established in 1882, is dedicated to making quality canoe and camping gear as well as purses, luggage, messenger bags, gun cases, and portfolio bags.  These products are manufactured in Duluth, Minnesota, using time-honored techniques.  All products manufactured by Duluth Pack offer a Lifetime Guarantee on craftsmanship and hardware.

Techniques & Advice, The Lowdown

Tips to improve your travel photography

October 13, 2011
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With the advent of the digital camera everyone has become a photographer in one form or another. From the professional carrying the Canon 1Ds to the amateur with the built-in SmartPhone camera, the majority of people can capture an image at anytime. And whether your destination is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or Timbuktu, here are a couple simple tips to think about before you press the button.

  1.  Fill the Frame – Once you have chosen your subject think about the elements that surround. Does all that sky enhance the photo or is it not necessary? If I remove all those trees branches and zoom in on my subject will it be a better photo? Now fill up that frame with your subject and let the background clutter fall away. And remember: the most powerful zoom lens you have is your feet, so get close to your subject.
  2. Rule of Thirds – There is an old saying among old photographers: “Dead center is dead boring.” When you are framing a photo draw mental lines, and divide it like a tic-tac-toe board. This works if you are framing a photo horizontally or vertically. Now, try to get your subject to fall on one of those lines you have mentally drawn. Better yet, get your focal point right where two of those lines cross. And for all landscape shots, get the horizon off the centerline.
  3. Not every photo has to be posed – The best travel photographers talk and interact with the people they are photographing. This not only creates a rapport with the subjects, but also gets them to relax and let down their guard. Great photos are captured when people are at ease and their most natural. A big smile or a cheesy grin becomes an image which is just that.

Next time you pull your camera out of the canoe pack give one, or a couple of these tips a try and see if you like your photos more. And when you capture that really special image from the trail send it to us here at Duluth Pack and we will post it online. Who knows you might even win our next photo contest and become a Duluth Pack celebrity.