Julie Phillips Roberts

Glamour and poise come naturally to Julie Phillips Roberts, and she has utilized these two talents to help make women of all ages look and feel their best for over a quarter of a century. As the former Miss Missouri 1982, Julie set up shop in 1987 as an image consultant to Miss America/Miss USA contenders with only five evening gowns and $500 in seed money to her name. During the next decade she built a solid reputation consulting with state and national contestants on wardrobe and image, as well as offering poise and life coaching. She has since advised more than 5,000 clients, offering her immeasurable insight into ladies’ fashion and fit.

In 1996, Julie (Phillips) 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 eveningwear as well as chic professional and lifestyle attire. As the store’s repertoire grew, so did its loyal clientele.

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. - Julie Roberts

In 2003, Roberts purchased legendary Houston ladies store Esther Wolf growing her designer matrix and her vision.  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 square feet, and re-branded to the more succinct Elizabeth Anthony.

 

Roberts reflects with pride 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. “It is a privilege and a blessing to share with clients/friends all the many phases of their lives. It really isn’t about the glamorous apparel or offerings, but rather the relationship that is cemented through trust and exceptional service.” “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 of stylish women of all ages.”

 

Committed to supporting the Houston philanthropic scene, Roberts lives by her theme, “Giving back, one dress at a time”. Always the front-runner in exclusive evening attire, a well-curated mix of designer sportswear, dresses and fine jewelry keeps things interesting. Her multi-decade relationship with women’s fashion in Houston is illustrated by her beautiful showroom, and in her attitude and impeccable service to customers old and new.

 

Julie lives in Houston with her husband Gary, with regular visits from their grand-dog, Apollo. Her children, Jennifer Elizabeth and Justin Anthony, are successful Baylor graduates, on their own – and close by.