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.

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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 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.

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