Produced in: Duluth, Minn.
Known for: Rugged bags and outdoor gear
A company doesn't survive for 130 years unless it's using proven techniques to churn out products that are guaranteed to outlive the owners. Duluth Pack's canvas and leather bags, packs, and outdoors goods and the processes to making them haven't changed much since they moved into their century-old factory. The goods being produced are of the same quality that helped settlers battle extreme Minnesota winters when your main source of warmth was crawling inside a slit-open mammal a la Luke Skywalker and the Tauntaun he spent a night in.