Abbot Pederson was an ambitious salesman who worked for the Munsingwear undergarment factory in Minneapolis. On a sales trip to NYC in 1955, finding himself with some time to kill before a flight home, he decided to wait out his time in a local bar. Stumbling out to find a taxi stand, he took a wrong turn down a Manhattan street and found himself in front of a display of stuffed penguins in a taxidermist's window. Before he knew it, he had bought one of the penguins, named him Pete, and was soon enjoying cocktails with him on the flight back to Minneapolis.
Today, with Original Penguin stores dotting the globe and sold at exclusive luxury retailers, Pete is back -- bigger and better than ever, presiding over a full lifestyle brand that now includes suits, watches, bags, belts, hats and shoes. See for yourself. Original Penguin clothing continues to exude a blend of confidence and relaxation.