Original Penguin
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Fashion retailer Original Penguin will open an outlet store in Houston this weekend (Nov. 11-14) and is offering 25% off everything in the store as part of the grand opening celebration.  This store is only the company’s second outlet store in the U.S., with the first located in Boston.

Zach Galafianakis, Original Penguin fan.
The Penguin brand was started in 1955 by Minneapolis-based undergarment manufacturer Munsingwear.  Penguin polo shirts were designed as golf shirts, but expanded into everyday fashion.  It reemerged in 2003 under the Perry Ellis tent and has been popular among those who actually know where to find it, including Zach Galafianakis, who regularly wears Penguin on the HBO series Bored to Death.

The store is part of a 114,000 square-foot expansion of the Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress, located off Hwy 290 approximately 25 miles north of Houston.  Additional new stores include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, A/X Armani Exchange, American Eagle Outfitters and White House/Black Market.

Prior to this store, the only way to find new Original Penguin clothes in Houston was browsing small sections in high-end department stores or perusing the racks in chaotic discount retailers like Marshalls or T.J. Maxx.  Original Penguin only has a handful of retail stores nationwide (the closest being in Dallas) and a Houston location puts the Bayou City on a very select list.

I’m very excited at the prospect of getting new Penguin styles without driving to Dallas or buying from their website.  In high school, I broke my leg and had to wear a walking boot.  Kids mocked me for walking like a penguin, so I wore vintage Penguin clothes as a way to embrace the situation.  Now that the leg has healed and high school is a distant memory, I still wear Penguin and am instead mocked for having a wardrobe consisting of the same brand.

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