In 1955, Minneapolis-based
Munsingwear – an underwear and military supply company –
ironically became the touchstone of suburban sport with the
introduction of the first iconic golf shirt to America – an
ORIGINAL PENGUIN®. The now famous ORIGINAL PENGUIN logo has an
interesting story behind it. As history tells us, one of 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. And before long, "Pete" the
penguin became the official mascot and logo of golf shirts. Its
first shirt – the 1955, was an instant golf classic, first to
feature an "action gusset" or a ribbed slice of fabric on the
underarm to avoid rips during even the most enthusiastic golf
an ORIGINAL PENGUIN® by Munsingwear became a staple among the
masters of suburban leisure well into the 1980s – worn by the
likes of Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Richard Nixon.
In 2003, an ORIGINAL PENGUIN® was recreated by a group of people
who love great style and smart clothing.
Perry Ellis International is a leading licensor, designer and marketer
of high quality menswear, including sport and dress shirts, golf
sports-wear, sweaters, casual and dress pants and shorts to all levels
of retail distribution.
The Company owns or licenses the brand names
under which most of our products are sold. Our portfolio of brand names
includes Perry Ellis®, John Henry®, Axis®, Manhattan®, PING® and Mondo
di Marco® for dress casual wear, Cubavera®, the Havanera Co.®, Natural
Issue®, Munsingwear®, Farah®, Savane®, Tricots St. Raphael®, and Grand
Slam® for casual sportswear, Perry Ellis America® and Natural Issue® for
jeans wear, PING®, Perry Ellis® and Munsingwear® for golf sportswear,
Pro Player® and Perry Ellis America® for active wear, and Jantzen®,
Southpoint®, and Nike® brands for swimwear and swimwear accessories.
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