by John Russel Jones

Original Penguin by Munsingwear, a division of Perry Ellis International, has launched its men’s and women’s Fall 2022 Racquet & Paddle Collections. The Fall 2022 collections combine the perfect combination of heritage, flair, and function, fusing a traditional racquet aesthetic with advanced performance technologies that can be worn with comfort and confidence.

Original Penguin brand ambassador Ajla Tomljanovic showcased the women’s collection during her historic run to the quarterfinals at the recent U.S. Open where she eliminated Serena Williams in what was ESPN’s most watched tennis match ever.

“Ajla embodies all that Original Penguin stands for and we are proud to have her represent our new collection of performance enhancing and fashion forward line of tennis apparel,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO of Perry Ellis International. “As one of only two women to reach the quarterfinals at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 2022, Ajla has cemented herself as a dynamic worldwide player who plays best when the stage is the biggest and the lights are the brightest.”

“We are excited to bring the Original Penguin Fall 2022 Racquet & Paddle collections to market and are thrilled with how well it has been received by our customers,” stated Lupe Benitez, Senior Vice President Product Design, Original Penguin Racquet & Paddle.  “Original Penguin is a nostalgic brand with cross generational appeal whose iconic logo has been worn by golfers, celebrities and now a new generation of fans.”

The Fall 2022 collection’s inspiration represents a fusion of retro heritage style with a modern “original” twist. The collections represent an intersection of classic silhouettes and crisp racquet whites along with colorful original prints. Fabrics include lux 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, piping, novelty logo details, pockets, fit and foundation for the professional and amateur tennis player alike.

Matt Wright, seven time U.S. Open Champion, four time USA National Champion, ranked #1 in men’s doubles, and the #1 ranked PPA Tour player will be showcasing Original Penguin’s Men’s Racquet and Paddle collection highlighted by classic polos, fashion color blocks and crews providing functional performance, cutting edge designs, comfort and style on and off the court.