Established in 1955 and originally specialising in gold clothing, Original Penguin has a rich heritage in sportswear. Now translated into casual wear with a retro twist, Original Penguin menswear has everything to dress you from head to toe.
Original Penguin was dreamt up in a haze of whisky and taxidermy by Abbot Pederson, with a little help from Pete the Penguin. Abbot Pederson was an ambitious salesman who found himself in a bar after work in New York City one night in 1955, after a few too many whiskies, he took a wrong turn down a small street to be faced with a wall of stuffed penguins in a Taxidermy shop. Under the influence of whisky, Abbot promptly picked up a penguin and named him Pete before boarding a flight to Minneapolis.
After a cocktail or three on the flight, Abbot got a little boisterous and managed to knock Pete’s head off. Helped by an air hostess, they re-attached it with the help of his tie. The air hostess commented that Pete deserved to be immortalised or perhaps embroidered onto a shirt. She had no idea what she had just started.
Abbot took the inspiration and merged it with his other passion, golf, to create a range of golf shirts that took the market by storm. Original Penguin quickly became a hit and branched out to include more products within the range, soon everyone from Frank Sinatra to the guy next door was wearing an Original Penguin piece, all sporting the classic Pete logo.
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