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Julie Phillips Roberts grew up in a small community in Missouri, surrounded by sisters and loving parents that encouraged excellence in academic achievements and all personal endeavors. As a child, she would spend time with her grandmother watching her educate and service her customers as a well-respected antique dealer. The entrepreneurial spirit was ingrained at a very early age.
As an accomplished pianist and talented young public speaker, Julie represented Missouri in the 1982 Miss America Pageant as the youngest contestant. After a year of public appearances and moving to Houston, Texas, Julie set up shop in 1987 as an image consultant with only five evening gowns and $500 in seed money to her name. During the next decade she built a solid reputation consulting and coaching state and national contestants on wardrobe and image, as well as offering poise, interview skills, and life coaching. She has since advised more than 6,000 clients, offering her immeasurable insight into ladies’ fashion.
In 1996, Julie opened her first brick-and-mortar store, Elizabeth Anthony, after her children’s middle names. The boutique, which quickly became a go-to for Houston’s premier social occasions, naturally featured designer evening-wear as well as chic professional and lifestyle attire. As the store’s repertoire grew, so did its loyal clientele.
In October of 2003, Julie purchased legendary Houston ladies store Esther Wolf, located on tony Post Oak Boulevard, growing her business into a revered Houston luxury destination. Finally, in 2007, both stores merged into one, and relocated to ever-chic Uptown Park, creating Elizabeth Anthony | Esther Wolf. Having undergone another multi-million dollar renovation, the brand is known today as Elizabeth Anthony.
Roberts reflects with gratitude on a 30-year career of expertly outfitting ladies from their teens well into their later years, in what she sees as a unique approach to serve customers.
Committed to supporting the Houston philanthropic scene, Roberts lives by her theme, “Giving back, one dress at a time”. She supports the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Bobetta C. Lindig Breast Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Chrons and Colitis Foundation, Houston Area Women’s Center, Children’s Assessment Center, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Star of Hope Mission, Houston Food Bank, and the Houston Junior Woman’s Club, to name a few.
Julie lives in Houston with her husband, Gary. Her children, Jennifer Elizabeth and Justin Anthony, are Baylor University graduates and achieving their own success.