Original Penguin Welcomes Ajla Tomljanović as Brand Ambassador

Editor’s Note: Hello Everyone. I know what some of you are thinking, “Why is Alex sharing a press release about Original Penguin signing a tennis player as a brand ambassador?”. Well, it’s because, as we know, Original Penguin is very much a golf apparel brand. Golf and racquet sports intersect each other a little bit too. They’re together at the annual PGA Show.

(Miami, FL, February 1, 2022) — Original Penguin® by Munsingwear,® a division of Perry Ellis International, is proud to announce the signing of Ajla Tomljanović as its first tennis brand ambassador.

“Ajla embodies all that Original Penguin stands for, and we are proud to have her represent our new fashion and performance enhancing collection of apparel and accessories, as she embarks on the next stage of her career,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO of Perry Ellis International. “

We are thrilled to welcome Ajla, a dynamic young player with an established and proven resume who shares our common vision and brand ethos as the first Original Penguin tennis ambassador.” Ajla is currently ranked 43rd in the latest WTA world rankings, and will be showcasing Original Penguin’s Tennis Spring 2022 women’s collection, available this April.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 03: Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia celebrates winning the match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2022 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on January 03, 2022 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

The design inspiration represents a fusion of retro heritage style with a modern “original” twist while marrying the intersection of classic silhouettes and crisp tennis whites along with colorful original prints. Fabrics include luxe sustainable recycled yarns with elastane blends such as Repreve and 4 way stretch and extremely lightweight blends. Other technical features include moisture-wicking UPF sun protection. Detail elements feature power mesh for enhanced ventilation, piping, novelty logo details, pockets, fit and foundation attributes including built-in shelf bras with removable inserts, as well as tummy control in skorts, skirts and dresses… all perfect body enhancing coverage for the professional and amateur tennis player alike.

“I look forward to this brand partnership that offers such an iconic history and excited to be a part of its future evolution into tennis,” said Ajla. “The brand’s spirit perfectly reflects my personality and I look forward to performing on a global stage knowing that Original Penguin’s modern fit, fashionable designs and performance materials will empower me to achieve great success both on and off the court.”

For over 60 years Original Penguin, and its namesake icon Pete the Penguin, has been adorned and adored by the masters of leisure and sport to define itself as an American classic. Today, the Penguin icon still stands as a signal for those who know how to be an original and what you wear for the good times.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia plays a backhand in her first round singles match against Paula Badosa of Spain during day one of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

About An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®

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®. Known for its unique, humorous and detail-oriented clothing, Original Penguin offers a full range of men’s and children’s clothing, accessories and fragrances. The brand continues to evolve into the sports arena with the addition of tennis and pickleball apparel. Original Penguin is a global brand with retail stores worldwide as well as two dedicated e-commerce websites: http://www.originalpenguin.com and http://www.originalpenguin.co.uk.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor, and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and fragrances. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses, and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist® and Farah®. The company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the company is available at http://www.pery.com

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