In 1955, a sportswear icon was born from the most unusual of places. Fueled by whiskey, Abbot Pederson purchased an unlikely drinking buddy for his flight home in the form of a stuffed penguin he named Pete. A quip from the seductive stewardess onboard led Pederson to embroider this character on his new shirts.
Pete the Penguin has left his mark on a league of legends from Frank to Bing and Clint to Arnie. Original Penguin had been adorned and adored by the masters of leisure and sport to define itself as an American classic. Still revered by the originals of today, this iconic brand now fully encompasses the lifestyle of what it means to be an original.