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Happy Birthday, Duluth Pack! | Duluth Pack

Everyone loves Duluth Pack backpacks, but not many people know that our legacy started with shoes. Camille Poirier, a French-Canadian immigrant, was known for his high-quality, durable leather shoes when he first set up shop in Duluth—a little frontier town on the edge of the world, at the time.

            Poirier’s skills with leather and canvas were highly sought-after by the people living and working in the area—trappers, lumberjacks, traders, hunters, and travelers who needed durable products that would last through the harsh Minnesota elements. He invented the “C. Poirier Pack Sack” in 1882, on December 12th (our birthday). It became so wildly popular that, to this day, “Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness exploration” is essentially synonymous with “Duluth Pack.” Poirier’s original design is still available as the #2 Original Pack.

            The world has changed a lot since 1882. We walked on the moon, cured polio, invented microwaves and automobiles, saw two world wars, and entered a Digital Age. Duluth Pack is still here, of course. There will always be wilderness explorers-- hikers, sportsmen, canoeists, and adventurers of all kinds. And one thing about the world which will never change— whether we live in cities or in rural areas or far from society, on the edge of the world, like Ashley Bredemus (blog link)—there is a demand for premium, hardy, high-quality products that are built to last. Duluth Pack has designed packs, purses, rifle cases, wallets, totes, and much more to suit the needs of all kinds of people living in this changing world.

            Here at Duluth Pack, we are proud to say that we are the oldest canvas and leather bag and pack maker in the United States. We stand true to our core values of being Made in America, handcrafting premium products out of the highest quality materials, and backing our products with a lifetime guarantee. This year, Duluth Pack is celebrating its 137th birthday by offering 40% off from its exclusive Sunbrella® collection. This sale is available both in-store and online. This is the best time to get one of Duluth Pack’s great Sunbrella® products, which are engineered to be resistant to sun exposure and outdoor elements. They’re also gorgeous. The offer only lasts as long as supplies last, so you’ll want to act quickly.

            Duluth itself has changed greatly from the little frontier town it once was. From a wilderness town to an industrial one, then from a rapidly-growing port city to a peaceful residential town, and finally blossoming into the beautiful gem-on-the-water, big city with a small-town vibe that it is today. With all of its amazing local craftspeople and businesses, Duluth has grown and transformed. For 137 years, Duluth Pack has been proud to be a part of Duluth’s amazing history, as well as the city’s vibrant community.

            Duluth Pack is proud to continue its century-old tradition of quality, American-made products, and durability guaranteed for a lifetime. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to all of the amazing adventurers, explorers, and intrepid souls out there who inspire us to create packs and bags built to last through all of their adventures. Join us in our celebration with 40% off of all Sunbrella® products, link here: http://bit.ly/2OBysSh

            To our history, and to the future!


December 12, 2019 by Duluth Pack