Authenticity is an important value here at Fair Harbor, so when we had the opportunity to collaborate with a legendary brand like Original Penguin, it felt like a natural fit. The result is a new collection featuring four new styles: Exclusive colors and prints in our Sextant, Bungalow, Ozone shorts, and a Kismet Printed Tee.
Each of our brands offers a unique perspective to the collaboration. Launched in 1955, Original Penguin is a sportswear pioneer known for its iconic polo and clean retro styling with a modern sensibility. Meanwhile, Fair Harbor has innovated swimwear with sustainability, comfort, and performance since 2014. Our new collection combines the American Heritage Style of both.
Our 6-inch Navy Stripe Sextant Trunk took our solid offerings a step further by paying homage to the iconic Original Penguin polo. “I added this high-contrast extra tipping along the side seams, pocket, and hem, which speaks to the polo design,” explains Fair Harbor Design Director Walter Bassano, who worked with the Original Penguin design team to choose the Fair Harbor styles that best complemented their aesthetic.
Embracing surf styles of the 50s and 60s, the 5-inch Vintage Tropical Bungalow Trunk features a tropical Hawaiian print inspired by a vintage textile on its washed performance fabric. “The saturated tones we chose give the Bungalow a vintage beachy feel,” Walter adds.
Mid-century tile prints influenced the 8-inch Retro Geo Ozone Boardshort. “It was an opportunity for us to explore a new color palette,” says Walter of the classic boardshort style. “We’ve never done a terracotta shade like this before. Even the geometric pattern is a little groovier than usual.”
Finally, the ultra-soft Printed Kismet Tee features original artwork of a surfing Pete the Penguin created by the Fair Harbor graphic design team especially for the collaboration. The same original art is featured on the silicone patch logo on the bottom of each short.
So this summer, whether you’re floating on a raft in your backyard pool or traveling to faraway resort, we hope you enjoy this limited-edition collection in all your favorite places.