HOUSTON-In these recessionary times, how can a girl (or guy) keep their fashionista membership card from being revoked? They head to the nearest designer outlet mall, of course, for discounted, name-brand clothing and shoes.

There's a new one in the Houston area which opened a year ago. It joins a smaller one in Conroe.

Houston Premium Outlets in Cypress on Highway 290 has 120 stores. The smaller Outlets of Conroe on League Line Road has 40 stores. Discounts at outlet malls start at 25 percent. Houston Premium Outlets assistant general manager Jessica Brown says their discounts go up to at least 65 percent.

And there's more.

"You can log onto," said Brown. "Join the VIP shopper club for free and download a voucher for a free VIP coupon book that gets you additional savings at any of our stores. As well as there's online coupons you can download that are even better savings. So always plan your attack whenever you come out here."< /p>

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Brands at the outlet mall in Cypress include Guess, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, DKNY, The Gap, Juicy Couture, Nike, Lucky Brand, Michael Kors, Perry Ellis and 2b bebe.

A St. John store will open this summer.

Brands at the outlet mall in Conroe include Casual Male Big & Tall, Claire's, Dress Barn, Factory Brand Shoes, Haggar, Izod, Lane Bryant, Naturalizer Shoes, OshKosh B'Gosh, Samsonite and Tommy Hilfiger.

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