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Original Penguin Clothing Collection by Munsingwear

Founded in 1955, American brand Original Penguin is known for a unique, detail orientated approach to clothing. Famed for introducing the first iconic golf shirt to America known as the 'Original Penguin' - the brand takes its quirky penguin logo from its founder's own stuffed Penguin, named Pete. Re-launched in 2003, the brand has found success with a variety of ranges including men's, women's and children's.

For Autumn / Winter '14, the brand draws its inspiration from mountainous terrain. A seasonal colour palette of deep indigos, caramel browns and brick reds combine with colour pops of bright blue, coral and plum to create a collection with as much depth and variance as the rugged landscape which is its inspiration.

A comprehensive collection of classic polos, padded jackets and chunky knits, such as the the Penguin Oatmeal Beige Chunky Wool Knit Sweater, form the perfect selection of layering pieces for the winter season. Constructed from a soft, pure wool knit, and featuring understated branding to the cuff, this piece boasts functionality and warmth alongside impeccable style, perfect for enjoying all that the great outdoors has to offer.

Here at Woodhouse Clothing, our favourite piece for winter is the Penguin Dark Sapphire Padded Down Filled Hooded Jacket. Constructed from a shower resistant outer, the jacket's thick duck down padding lends thermal properties, making it the perfect outer piece for the colder months.

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Penguin History

The Penguin story began, somewhat unconventionally, in a 100-year-old underwear factory in Minnesota, with the opening of George D Munsing's textile factory in 1886. Harbouring a keen interest in the development of new fabrics, Munsing initially manufactured underwear, and was the first to ever combine cotton and wool in an undergarment. By 1890, 'Munsingwear' was the largest underwear company in the world, largely thanks to their revolutionary thinking and innovative approach to the technology of fabrics.

It wasn't until 1955 that the Penguin brand was born, when Munsingwear decided to produce a line of Golf shirts - the jersey knitting machines in their factory were as perfect for producing breathable sportswear fabric as they were for producing underwear materials.

But what to name the brand? The story goes that Abbot Pederson - a Munsingwear salesman - stumbled across a taxidermist's window full of stuffed Penguins on a trip to New York, and unable to help himself, bought one and named him Pete. On the flight back to Minneapolis, the penguin's head got knocked off, and with the help of the stewardess, Pederson reattached it by wrapping his tie round the Penguin's neck. Upon returning to work with his penguin, the legendary logo was born.

The Musingwear golf shirt branded with the tie-wearing penguin went into production: casual, comfortable and stylish, it was a must have from the moment it hit the shelves. The first shirt to feature an 'action gusset', the ribbed slice of fabric inserted under the arms was designed to avoid rips during even the most enthusiastic golf swing. Popular with both suburbanites and sports legends alike, the 'the 55' became representative of a relaxed and sophisticated lifestyle. The brand thrived well into the mid 80's and became synonymous with the era's most talked about celebrities, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Clint Eastwood: the shirt was a true American classic.

The classic Penguin shirt catapulted back into fashion in the early 'noughties', with young trendsetters scouring vintage stores demanding they restock the cult mid-century classics. This new audience led to the rebirth of Original Penguin by Munsingwear in 2003: their archive was reworked to reflect contemporary lifestyle without compromising the heritage or craftsmanship that had made Penguin's name.

Today, Original Penguin is present in the US, Canada, Europe, and South America, with over 12500 points of sale, more than 61 stores worldwide, and two dedicated e-commerce sites. The brand offers a full lifestyle wardrobe, providing men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories and fragrance.The shirts are just as iconic now as when the first one was produced in 1955, and the brand continues to exude a blend of confidence and sophistication.

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Penguin Dress Blues Slubby Striped Jersey Polo Shirt

£60

Penguin Dress Blues Micro Penguin Print Slim Fit Pique Polo Shirt

£60

Penguin Rain Heather, Teal & Blue Striped Crew Neck T-Shirt

£30

Penguin Dress Blues Diamond Pattern Slim Fit Jersey Polo Shirt

£60

Penguin Dress Blues Slubby Striped Crew Neck T-Shirt

£30

Penguin Blue & White Striped Chambray Patch Pocket Crew Neck T-Shirt

£30

Penguin Navy, White & Orange Striped Crew Neck T-Shirt

£30

Penguin Italian Plum Marl Slim Fit Jersey Polo Shirt

Was: £60

Now: £36  (40% off)

Penguin 'Smart Touch' True Black Knitted Gloves

Was: £20

Now: £12  (40% off)

Penguin Dress Blues & Burgundy Stripe Slim Fit Brushed Cotton Shirt

Was: £80

Now: £47  (41% off)

Penguin True Black Padded Down Jacket

Was: £130

Now: £77  (41% off)

Penguin Dress Blues Cable Knit Bobble Hat

Was: £25

Now: £15  (40% off)

Penguin Tawny Port Cable Knit Bobble Hat

Was: £25

Now: £15  (40% off)

Penguin Rain Heather Grey/Navy Jersey & Ripstop Hooded Zip Sweatshirt

Was: £75

Now: £45  (40% off)

Penguin True Black Jersey & Ripstop Hooded Zip Sweatshirt

Was: £75

Now: £45  (40% off)

Penguin Black Quilted Hooded Jacket

Was: £90

Now: £52  (42% off)

Penguin Dark Sapphire Quilted Hooded Jacket

Was: £90

Now: £52  (42% off)

Penguin Vintage Indigo Check Brushed Cotton Heritage Slim Fit Shirt

Was: £65

Now: £39  (40% off)

Penguin Tango Red Check Heritage Slim Fit Shirt

Was: £65

Now: £39  (40% off)

Penguin Italian Plum Heritage Slim Fit Jersey Polo Shirt

Was: £55

Now: £33  (40% off)

Penguin Dress Blues Heritage Slim Fit Jersey Polo Shirt

Was: £55

Now: £33  (40% off)

Penguin Castlerock Grey 'The Earl' Heritage Slim Fit Pique Polo Shirt

Was: £55

Now: £33  (40% off)

Penguin Dark Charcoal Heather Long Sleeved Heritage Slim Fit Pique Polo Shirt

Was: £55

Now: £33  (40% off)

Penguin Dark Charcoal Heather Lambswool Crew Neck Sweater

Was: £70

Now: £42  (40% off)

Penguin Dress Blues Fleck Stripe Heritage Slim Fit Jersey Polo Shirt

Was: £60

Now: £36  (40% off)

Penguin Dress Blues Herringbone Pattern Sweatshirt

Was: £60

Now: £36  (40% off)

Penguin Tawny Port Lambswool Crew Neck Sweater

Was: £70

Now: £42  (40% off)

Penguin Castlerock Grey Cable & Reverse Knit Lambswool Sweater

Was: £80

Now: £47  (41% off)

Penguin Tawny Port Herringbone Pattern Sweatshirt

Was: £60

Now: £36  (40% off)

Penguin Dark Charcoal Heather Grey Zipped Hooded Sweatshirt

Was: £65

Now: £39  (40% off)