My earliest memory of the Penguin icon was watching a rerun of Bob Hope playing in a celebrity golf tournament . This must have been around 1980 and while I had no clue who this stylish man of leisure was, I was ridiculously impressed that my dad had the exact same yellow polo Mr. Hope was wearing. Founded in 1955 as Munsingwear, an underwear and military supply company, they introduced the first iconic golf shirt to America. The Penguin logo itself has an interesting story of origin. One day, a Munsingwear’s salesmen spotted a flock of penguins in the window of a New York taxidermist and on what seems like a lark, bought one of the stuffed birds. Before long, “Pete” the penguin became the official mascot. In 2003, an Penguin was recreated by style makers who evolved the legend to include a full line of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. We really dig their sunglasses, and know you will too.
THE PENGUIN RETURNS