Original Penguin Clothing


Original Penguin was founded in 1955 by Munsingwear, a Minneapolis-based underwear and military garment manufacturer. The company initially launched the Original Penguin golf shirt in the United States to gauge reaction. As such, the brand are said to be the originator of the classic golf shirt.

Munsingwear was for many years famous for its union suits, an undergarment consisting of an undershirt and underdrawers combined in a single garment. Not something we sell at UKK, but hey you never know! The clothing line is now sold all across North America, South and central America, Europe and in Asia.

In 1955, Abbot Pederson an ambitious salesman traveled to New York 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. Little did he know, his next steps would stumble into history.

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. At some point during the flight, and after a few more cocktails, he accidentally knocked the head off Pete the Penguin. A friendly stewardess removed his 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 many a legend 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.



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