In 1955, a sportswear icon was born from the most unusual of places. Fueled by whiskey and a delayed flight, Abbot Pederson purchased an unlikely drinking buddy for his flight home in the form of a stuffed penguin he named Pete.
At some point during the flight, and after another cocktail or three, he accidentally knocked the head off Pete the Penguin. A stewardess on-board the flight wrapped a necktie around the Penguin's neck and quipped 'He would look good on a shirt' which led Pederson to embroider this character on his new shirts. An Icon was born.