To celebrate the Original Penguin AW17 collection landing in store at Fenwick Tunbridge Wells, we took a look back at the history of the iconic brand.
In 1955, an ambitious salesman named Abbot Pederson travelled to NYC on a sales trip for the Munsingwear brand. With time to kill before a flight home, he decided to pop into a local bar for a few whiskeys. Taking a wrong turn down a Manhattan street, he oddly enough found himself outside a taxidermist’s shop. Deciding he needed a drinking buddy for the flight, he bought a penguin and named him Pete, but at some point during the flight, and after another cocktail or three, he accidentally knocked the head off Pete the Penguin! A stewardess removed her necktie and wrapped it around the penguin’s neck. She joked that such a dapper bird deserved to be immortalized, maybe even on a shirt. With that idea - an icon was born.
In a matter of years, the Munsingwear Golf Shirt embroidered with Pete’s likeness, was synonymous with a league of legends including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Arnold Palmer, and Clint Eastwood. Today, Original Penguin embodies a mix of iconic American Sportswear with modern minded style into a diverse range of products for a full lifestyle brand. Made for originals, by originals.
Bold, bright and built to last, there’s an Original Penguin polo shirt to suit every occasion. Wearable all year round, the classic polo is a must-have for any wardrobe. Opt for a slim fit with long sleeves for when the weather’s less forgiving, or mix the classic short sleeve with a neat modern pattern.