Donna Bonn Designs and the "Bonn Girls"
Her name is Bonn. Donna Bonn. And she's the creative force behind apparel company Donna Bonn Designs.
You've probably seen a Donna Bonn Designs top already, even if you didn't realize it at the time. The top Sara Brown wore in her elimination episode of Big Break Sandals Resorts was the Donna Bonn Designs "Purple Abbey."
Bonn's apparel is worn by a growing collection of women's touring professionals, pros who collectively have come to be known as the Bonn Girls. In the image above, Brown, Taryn Durham and Lindsey Bergeon sport tops from the DBD Taylor, Seville and Abbey collections, respectively.
And in the photo to right, Donna Bonn herself models the black Seville.
The Bonn Girls currently include, in addition to Brown, Durham and Bergeon, Anna Grzebien, Gerina Mendoza, Kelly Sheehan, Christina Jones, Brandi Jackson, Jenny Suh and Sara Hurwitch.
"The Bonn Girls have the triple threat: game, looks, and personality," Donna said. "I started my company because I was very frustrated with golf clothing options for ladies. I would take an American Eagle tank top and put it under my short, boxy, traditional golf shirts. If I didn’t put the tank top underneath, I would basically have a belly shirt ... showing at least two inches of skin. This might be fine if I am at the pool but not so much at the country club. My line is unique in its fit (contemporary), fashion (forward for once!) and fabric (organic)."
Bonn has an extensive background in golf. Her father, Dan Lippstreu, played on the PGA Tour and then was a longtime club professional. Donna grew up playing junior tournaments, earned All-America status in the AJGA, and played at the University of Arizona on scholarship. Today, she's still a scratch golfer.
"I am very passionate about life," Donna says. "I am especially passionate about bringing an awesome golf line to women golfers who reject that they have to wear a traditional polo shirt that is made more for a man’s body than for a woman's. My customers get compliments all day long on how great and cute they look.
"And what's cool is now I have something to wear on the course that I LOVE and that looks great."