Original Penguin: A hot label fit for Antarctica


Original Penguin clothing line was born almost 60 years ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a key piece of Americana ever since.

Pete the Penguin came about when Abbot Pederson, a salesman for the Musingwear undergarment factory, purchased a stuffed penguin from a taxidermist and brought it on his flight from New York City back to Minneapolis. While on the flight, Mr. Pederson accidentally knocked off the penguin’s head. The ‘stewardess’ kindly took Mr. Pederson’s tie and wrapped it around the penguin’s head to connect it back on. And Pete (with a tie) was born!