Michelle knows a lot about jeans. The manager of Just Jeans Port Central has been talking jeans, fitting jeans, selling jeans and buying jeans in the CBD centre for 7 years so there’s not much you can tell her about denim for men and women. Skinny, straight, slim and wide leg in low, mid and high-rise versions, boot-cut, stretch, large size, small size, stone-washed, coloured, patterned and branded Levi and Lee Rider… they’re all here. Having lived in Port Macquarie since she was 2 years old, with a background in local retail and real estate, Michele knows her customers and their lifestyles as well as she knows her products.
Just Jeans Port Central sells everything you need for a jeans lifestyle, tops, shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sunglasses, jewellery, boots, sandals, scarves, knits and jackets, including a range of well-priced leather jackets, plus a great range of junior wear from sizes 8 to 16. Just Jeans alteration service, available each Saturday morning for those who buy jeans and want the hems taken up, is also popular with customers.
Being the mother of Joel, 23, Gemma, 21, and Caitlin, 19, means Michele gets plenty of feedback on new fashion trends. Caitlin, now in her post-school ‘gap’ year, has just dipped her toe in the fashion pool and begun working casually at Just Jeans. Also well-versed in fashion are Michele’s assistants Kristie, who has just moved into fashion from beauty therapy and permanent part time staff member Lynda. Although she likes to relax away from work, Michele and her Irish-born husband Brian, a wall and floor tiler who is also a musician in his spare time, are now in the final stages of renovating their family home.
“We have a big yard and I like doing things around the house,” Michele said. Just Jeans Port Central is open seven days a week.