In 2014, Natalija Walbridge decided to follow her dream of working as a full-time artist. Going all in, Natalija started by converting her 900 sq ft home into a studio with screen printing equipment and two industrial sewing machines. Each Dock 5 bag is created from start to finish by Natalija and is infused with a passion for functional details and embellished with original art.
The studio is located on the bayside of Park Point with a view of Hearding Island – home to eagles, otters and many migrating birds. (Park Point is neighborhood located on Minnesota Point, a 7-mile long sand spit, the longest freshwater sand spit in the USA.) She was inspired to name her company “Dock 5” to establish a strong connection with the city of Duluth after watching the ships come into the harbor from her home on Park Point. These crossroads of nature, engineering, and history are the foundation of Natalija’s artistic vision.
Quality craftsmanship is built into every detail, from sourcing durable materials, to innovative pattern making and detailed sewing construction, every Dock 5 bag is built to last the journey of a lifetime!
Unique hand-printed artwork inspired by Lake Superior and the surrounding area is what makes a Dock 5 bag as original as its wearer. Premium cotton bandannas are a new addition to the collection. These bandannas are not only functional and beautiful, but they also have interesting facts and information incorporated into the artwork.
Natalija’s creative passion is inspired by outdoor adventures and the desire to create lasting mementos for people who love exploring Northern Minnesota.
Customers are welcome to visit the studio by appointment.