‘Duck Dynasty’ Robertson women launch line of Dooney Bourke camo handbags
The “Duck Dynasty” Robertson women are bringing a line of duck camo Dooney Bourke handbags to market. Saturday (May 9) in the Dillard’s at Lakeside Shopping Center.
The collection includes seven styles ranging in cost from $218 to $348, according to a Dooney Bourke news release. Other product launch personal appearances by various Robertson women this weekend are scheduled for Dillard’s stores in Texas and Mississippi.
Here’s an edited email Q with some of the Robertsons, including Korie, who will not appear here but will participate with Jessica and Sadie Robertson in the Texas in stores:
Q: How did this line come about?
Korie Robertson: I’ve always loved and admired Dooney Bourke bags and felt a special affinity for them since their logo is a duck. We reached out to them about the idea of doing a line together and they had a camouflage duck pattern that they had developed but never really used. It seemed like it was meant to be!
Is this the first public event you’ve done for the product? If not, what’s the reaction been like at earlier events you’ve done?
Korie: This is the first, but the reaction on social media has been awesome. It has been so fun to see women all over the country tweeting about their Robertson Women Dooney Bourke Bags.
Missy Robertson: This is the first public event we have done regarding our Dooney Bourke line of purses, and I for one am super excited about it! These bags are fabulous, and I can’t wait to hear from some other D lovers about how they feel about the Robertson women’s line.
Miss Kay Robertson: This is my first time to do an event for the purse, and I’m excited. A lot of my friends are impressed with the purses, and I like to show mine off. They think it’s really neat that the “Duck Dynasty” girls are doing a nice line like this together.
What kind of reaction do you get from fans you meet unrelated to events like this? What’s the strangest/funniest question you’ve heard from a fan about the “Duck Dynasty” men?
Korie: We feel very loved and supported by the people who follow us and watch our show. We get a lot of questions about the beards: “Do we like them?” “How do they take care of them?” And, of course: “What’s the strangest thing our men have ever found in their beards?”
Lisa Robertson: I am fairly new to the show so I am not as well known, but Alan gets recognized and the fans tell us how much they love the show and what a great impact it’s having on their family and families around the country. We also wrote a book, and we get great feedback on how open and honest our book is. Everyone wants to know why Alan doesn’t have a beard. He was in ministry for 25 years and the little ladies at church didn’t like him having hair on his face so he kept it shaved. This lady doesn’t like hair on his face, either. So he does it for the ladies! Especially his own!
Miss Kay: My fans just want to know all about the Robertsons, the whole family. They tell me they relate to our family because we are so real. The strange question: “What animals have been found in Phil’s beard over the years?” The answer is a lizard, a mouse, and that’s all I can recall at this time.
Do you sometimes wish you could transcend the camo motif? It’s a big part of your lives, especially for the men in the family. But do you ever think, “A solid would be nice every now and again.” Or, “Plaid would be a good change of pace.”
Korie: I love that camo has become a big part of fashion today. There are so many ways you can do camo that are fun and fashionable. Of course, we do wear much more than just camo and we plan on continuing our line with Dooney with other designs that represent who we are and what we love.
Missy: Absolutely! I can honestly say I have never been a fan of camo. I’ve tried to wear it a few times in support of my husband’s lifestyle,
but I quickly found an excuse to discontinue it, like “Goodness, I have no idea where that shirt went. Maybe I just wore it out and had to throw it away.” However, when I saw Dooney Bourke’s version of the duck camo, I immediately fell in love! I’ll admit, my level of expectation for this pattern was very low, but I am so pleased with them, and I haven’t carried another purse since we received our samples.
Lisa: We do mix up our colors a lot but it is hard to get those guys out of their comfort zone when it comes to clothing. Each guy has his own style and preference, and they really aren’t into what is “in” or trendy!
Miss Kay: Phil’s worn camouflage since I started dated him. If he wasn’t in camouflage, I’d think something was wrong with his head. What was your first reaction when you saw it?
Korie: I loved it! It feels fun and unique, but still very functional and classic. Camo has become a neutral in fashion today that you can almost wear it with anything.
Miss Kay: “Oh, look, ducks on a fancy purse! I’ll take two, please.”
What’s an item you carry in your purse that might surprise people?
Korie: I switch purses a lot, so I don’t carry much with me. A wallet, sunglasses and a bag that has lip gloss, Carmex, hand lotion and Altoids that can be moved from purse to purse easily.
Missy: I am ready to admit that I now carry reading glasses with me at all times. I seem to need them for most all restaurant menus and to read my Bible. My D purse has a perfect little pocket for them, so they are always quick and handy, and I never have to search for them.
Lisa: Someone just recently gave me a half dollar coin that was made the year my dad was born. I commented in our book “A New Season” that his eyes were the size of half dollars. It’s sentimental to me so I keep it in my purse because I love seeing it every time I look into my purse.
Miss Kay: I carry action figures or a little toy animal in case one of my grandkids or a child nearby needs to be entertained.
The purse is a very practical accessory. Would the “Duck Dynasty” men ever carry man purses? And if so, what would they carry in them? (I know if I carried one I would always have a Sam’s Club rotisserie chicken in it, among other items.)