Brush with Duck Dynasty
When Chapel Hill Academy in Chanhassen, Minnesota, approached Nate Reinhart for a Duck Dynasty-related item, the founder of a Christian-oriented clothing company immediately contacted Janet Bishop SP'15.
Bishop, an apparel design major at St. Kate’s, drafted a pattern overnight and made five sweatshirts the next day for Thy Kingdom Come Apparel. Each cream-colored sweatshirt had a camouflage-patterned pouch in the front with blaze-orange topstitching. The A&E hit show Duck Dynasty chronicles a family — known for long beards and camouflage clothing — that has made a fortune selling duck decoys to hunters.
Three of the show’s stars — Si and Al Robertson, and Mountain Man — received Bishop’s creations at Chapel Hill’s fall fundraiser with Southwest Christian High School in Chaska, Minnesota. (In December, A&E suspended Phil Robertson, father of Al Robertson and patriarch of the clan, for controversial comments in GQ magazine.)
“We’re not sure if the crew will ever wear them on the show, but it was a really neat experience,” says Bishop, who met Reinhart last year through her brother. “Nate and I are continuing to work together. He wants to expand to custom designs, and I have a similar goal of creating a Christian clothing brand.”
Bishop credits her education at St. Kate’s for giving her the moxie to accept the quick-turnaround job. “I think that Katies are just real go-getters,” she says. “We’re way more capable than we ever give ourselves credit for.”
Throughout her design process, Bishop had to be flexible with ideas because of the materials and the amount of time available.
— Pauline Oo, with additional reporting by Kourtney Johnson SP'17. Her story on Bishop ran in The Wheel on November 6, 2013.