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 Polos & Shorts
SALE ENDED ON: April 24, 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, 7 for All Mankind, and Brooks Brothers.
Original Penguin Casual Friday: Jeans & Tees
SALE ENDED ON: April 21, 2014

Casual Friday: Jeans & Tees

Gentlemen, for the sake of all that is good in this world, please heed our words: Casual Friday is not the time to bust out your billowy old chinos and a promotional polo shirt. It’s the time to show the workplace what you’re really made of—in a sartorial sense, of course. Get all the gear you need right in this sale including slim-cut chinos, colorful button-ups, and leather sneakers.
Original Penguin Spring-Colored Shorts & Chinos
SALE ENDED ON: April 19, 2014

Spring-Colored Shorts & Chinos

We’re in a spring state of mind and it’s on full display in this sale. With a full spectrum of chinos in a wide variety of bright, bold hues, this selection has plenty of options to add a dose of energy to your daily look.
Original Penguin April Steals Under $40
SALE ENDED ON: April 20, 2014

April Steals Under $40

Amazing deals on spring-ready casual essentials from Original Penguin, G-Star, and more.

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