For the United States launch of her fledgling line, AG Phillips, Andrea Phillips returned to hometown Houston to introduce her ladylike designs to an appreciative crowd at Tootsies, where owner Mickey Rosmarin is one of her biggest fans.
In celebration of the line, which Phillips officially introduced in London in late July, Tootsies threw a party benefiting Nora's Home, a hospitality residence for Texas Medical Center transplant patients and their families. (The designer and her husband, Oliver Phillips, currently live in London.) The clothes were obviously a hit as within the two-hour cocktail reception, $2,500 was raised for the non-profit from a percentage of sales in the store.
Phillips, who holds an MBA from Rice University, and her handsome husband visited with guests, discussed the new line and caught up with the Houston fashion scene.
In keeping with the altruistic focus of the evening, Nora's Home executive director Kayla Lehmann briefly addressed the gathering of more than 100.
Among the shoppers were Patricia Griffith, Jane Brann, Maureen Phillips, Linda Strickland, Cindy and Randy Garbs, Tye Taft, Joanna Rose, Cristina and Scott Rose, Melinda Rao, Townes Pressler, Jen Wallis and Janet Haworth.