Spirited Timeless Eliza’s
Liz McMillan is not just a style muse but, as Helen Flanagan concurs, is a true fashionista known nationally and internationally for her elegance and a cosmopolitan classy boutique.
From the catwalks of Paris to a decade in fashion houses as a brand creator, overseas buyer sourcing designs from existing as well as new designer labels; and as one-on-one stylist coordinating the looks of the season, Liz McMillan has developed an unwavering passion for the art of fashion.
Noosa Heads was unequivocally considered one of the most beautiful places in Australia and sophisticated Hastings Street was a perfect match for staging Eliza’s Boutique, 25 years ago.
“Maintaining exceptional customer service and connecting with clients is the secret to success,” says proud owner Liz who imports labels from France and Italy, all exclusive to Eliza’s and not found anywhere else in Australia.
“The genuine affirmation of delight from local, interstate, international and Brisbane clients who shop here time and time again, year after year, for their entire season’s wardrobe coordination is exhilarating.”
Twice a year Liz is invited to European catwalk shows and fashion houses to view new season collections, one year ahead of release.
“This puts us in the lead with stock made to order and manufactured in limited quantities before being sent to Eliza’s, ensuring exclusivity,” Liz said.
“Going overseas is an exciting part of the business however those who know me well wonder how, after landing in a new city I’m able to navigate my way around. From sitting in the front row of a fashion parade to running from showroom to showroom, nibbling cheese here, sipping wine there, great coffee all day and still finding time to inhale the beauty of the cities.”
Liz also collaborates with fashion houses to manufacture specific pieces and styles for her Basics Collection with pieces such as the perfect shell top, sleeveless white layering shirt, perfect vegan leather jeans, a boot cut pant and amazing leather jackets.
“New technology fabrics have always been at the forefront of designs we stock from leather, supersuede, blends of natural fibres as well as silks, linens and cottons in knit and woven combinations with stunning design detail,” she said.
Then of course there is the famous and exclusive Magic Pants with the Eliza’s registered trademark since 1998. Starting off with six colours and now 40, it is a premium quality, two-way narrow leg stretch pant which sits on the waist and is colourfast.
“Nobody stops at one pair, and they are also available online,” Liz enthuses. “Eliza’s clients all have one thing in common – they love to look gorgeous.
“No matter the profession, lifestyle or where they live, they value the Eliza’s experience and style which could be described as casual yet chic, Euro-elegant and seriously sassy for all occasions! Great style has no age limit and is not size dependent, it’s about feeling good when you dress every day in garments of correct size, fit and above all are an expression of your personality.”
With cosmopolitan Eliza’s refreshing move to the equally-cosmopolitan heart of Noosaville on Thomas Street, a yearly estimate of 2500 ladies will continue to appreciate Liz’s remarkable personalised service, styling, and exclusive designs.
“There is something very special about appreciative words from clients such as ‘thank you, keep doing what you obviously love so much’,” says grateful Liz who with husband Paul relishes down time with a walk by the water, lunch with friends, a day in the garden or a special night out in Brisbane with their two young adult children.
To quote Audrey Hepburn ‘the most important thing is to enjoy your life. To be happy. It’s all that matters’.”
Indeed! Here’s to the next 25 years!