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About 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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Sale Ended March 31, 2015

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Sale Ended October 24, 2014

Original Penguin

Graphic tees, hoodies, and more casual basics with a decidedly vintage feel.

Sale Ended April 16, 2015

Stow-and-Go Leather Goods

Wallets, card cases, travel gear, and more must-haves for all your most important cargo

Sale Ended February 05, 2015

Black-Tie Essentials

Get dress code-ready with smart tuxedos, shirts, and ties.

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