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Case Study: Duke Cannon

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Duke Cannon

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Duke Cannon Supply Co.


Health and Beauty Care


Duke Cannon Supply Co. set out to shake up the men’s grooming market with superior-quality, US-manufactured products. In the company’s early days, Doran & Ward Packaging played a crucial role in helping Duke Cannon promote their holiday line of products and establish their company in a highly competitive industry.


Late on a Thursday afternoon, Co-Founder Anthony Albanese received word that Duke Cannon could pitch their Christmas product line to retail giant Target the following Monday. Anthony was in an extreme time crunch. His vision for the product packaging was still in his head, and he had no product samples to showcase. To get a foothold into Target for the holidays, Anthony needed high-quality, custom packaging samples in a matter of hours. So he immediately contacted Doran & Ward Packaging.


We understood what an incredible opportunity this was for Duke Cannon and jumped into action. We worked closely with Anthony on developing his vision, the “man’s way” of wrapping gifts. The initial concept of a masking or duct tape-covered package was genius; however, we knew that tape would cover up all of the product’s graphics and branding. So our ink team went to work, designing customized color-matched labels that would look like masking or duct tape but provide the transparency needed to showcase the branding. For the presentation samples, we embossed the tape to give a raised look and added a soft touch spot coating so the “tape” felt different from the rest of the carton, expertly depicting the “man’s way” of gift wrapping.

We overnighted the samples to Anthony, and Duke Cannon spent the weekend preparing their presentation for Monday. After his presentation, Anthony called to thank us for our support. He told us that without Doran & Ward coming to his rescue, the presentation may not have been as successful as it was.




Duke Cannon secured a holiday agreement with Target. Fast forward to today, and as Duke Cannon continues to expand their product line and grow their business, we continue to be their custom packaging partner.

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