Right place, right time. So goes the story for the birth of johnnie-O apparel and now one of the must see lines for summer at Andrew Davis. It was back in 2004 that founder John O'Donnell was helping a friend with what might be called a "hobby". Little did O'Donnell know at the time that this so called hobby would turn into what it is today! Growing up in Chicago, having lived in Wisconsin, spending lots of time on the east coast and now living in southern California, O'Donnell had been exposed to all walks of life, from the midwest farmer to the east coast prep to the west coast "dude". The stage was set to build an apparel brand whose recipe included just a dash of flavor from all of the above.
As word quickly spread about the johnnie-O brand, an emergence of shoppers looking to "step out" in a classic yet fun way, followed suit. From its humble beginning as just an ordinary polo shirt, the johnnie-O line has evolved into an apparel and lifestyle brand distinctly defined as "west coast prep". The brand has attracted the likes of celebrity personalities including NFL quarterback Drew Brees, tennis legend Pete Sampras, baseball ace Barry Zito, as well as actors Adrian Grenier of Entourage, Luke Wilson, and of course John’s brother, Chris O'Donnell.