Julie Phillips Roberts
Glamour and poise come naturally
to Julie Phillips Roberts two talents she has used to help make women of all ages look and feel their best for a quarter of a century. As a former Miss Missouri 1982 and armed with a business education from the University of Houston, Julie Phillips Roberts set-up shop in 1987 as an image consultant with only five evening gowns and $500 in seed money to her name. For the following decade she built a very strong reputation consulting with state and national contestants on wardrobe and image, as well as offering poise and life coaching. She has since consulted with more than 4,000 clients, granting her immeasurable insight into ladies’ fashion and fit.
In 1996 Roberts opened Elizabeth Anthony Collection, naturally featuring designer eveningwear but also adding high-end sportswear and cocktail dresses to her repertoire. She also continued to cultivate clientele while applying her experiences from those competitions to ladies looking for a highly polished look for a wide array of other occasions.
Says Roberts, “I soon realized every lady deserves a red carpet experience when shopping for that special moment, so my mission evolved to apply the same principals to customers of all ages.”
In 2003, Roberts purchased legendary Houston ladies store Esther Wolf, then located next door to Elizabeth Anthony Collection on tony Post Oak Boulevard, growing her inventory into a range of styles from classic to contemporary, from youthful to more mature. Finally, in 2007, both stores relocated to ever-chic Uptown Park and merged into one space, creating Elizabeth Anthony|Esther Wolf. In 2014, Roberts undertook a million dollar renovation of the entire store, expanded its footprint to 7800 SQ FT, and re-branded to the more succinct Elizabeth Anthony.
Roberts prides herself on expertly outfitting ladies from their teens well into their later years in what she sees as a generational approach to serve customers. “For years we have been the specialty store where ladies bring their daughters, and later, their granddaughters,” she explains, “We are dedicated to fulfilling the needs and wants for stylish women of all ages.”
Still committed to evening events but with an eye on everyday, Julie Roberts has evolved Elizabeth Anthony into the perfect place for a gal about town to find upscale pieces for career, vacation or formal affairs. Her multi-decade relationship to women’s fashion in Houston is exuded in her beautiful showroom and in her attitude and impeccable service to customers old and new.
Julie lives in Houston with her husband Gary now that her daughter Jennifer Elizabeth is away at college and son Justin Anthony is grown and on his own.