Original Penguin

Original Penguin

As a salesman for the Munsingwear undergarment factory in Minneapolis, Abbot Pederson bought a stuffed penguin, which he named Pete, during a 1955 business trip to Manhattan. On the flight back to the Twin Cities (the story goes), he lopped off the bird’s head; a flight attendant reattached it with a necktie and suggested he put the cravat-cinched image of Pete on a pop-collar shirt. Soon after, Munsingwear launched its first Original Penguin golf shirt, now known as the “55,” which gained fame on the backs of Frank Sinatra and his fellow Rat Packers. The brand fell off the radar for a couple decades, but hipsters clamoring for vintage Penguin gear led Munsingwear to relaunch a full retro sportswear line in 2003, full of slender cuts for the modern guy. By keeping it decidedly vintage, the collection has garnered a new cast of loyalist tastemakers who have helped establish Original Penguin’s more extensive portfolio of apparel and accessories.

New Original Penguin Sales

Past Sales Featuring Original Penguin

Original Penguin Music Festival Must-Haves
SALE ENDED ON: April 12, 2014

Music Festival Must-Haves

Colorful tees, tanks, shorts, and more that’ll have you rocking out in style this spring, from top brands including Gant Rugger, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Original Penguin, and more.
Original Penguin Henleys & Hoodies
SALE ENDED ON: April 13, 2014

Henleys & Hoodies

Refresh your laid-back gear with a variety of stylish henleys and hoodies in spring-ready hues and stripes. Featuring brands like John Varvatos, Gant Rugger, Vince, and more, this sale has plenty of options to update your off-duty look.
Original Penguin Statement Dress Shirts & Ties
SALE ENDED ON: April 9, 2014

Statement Dress Shirts & Ties

Upper-half essentials perfect for breathing some life into your office look.
Original Penguin Polos & Shorts
SALE ENDED ON: April 10, 2014

Polos & Shorts

The great thing about polos? You can wear them under sport coats, over jeans, with tailored pants and with shorts. Even better, they'll never go out of style (note: not a legal guarantee, but we're pretty certain). Here we've put together a greatest hits collection of polos and shorts from some of our favorite designers, including — but not limited to — Fred Perry, Gant Rugger, and Brooks Brothers.

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