Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

More Than Half a Century of Service

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

More Than Half a Century of Service

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IN TODAY'S fickle world of fashion, it's wonderful to see a local business continue, for what will be 53 years this year.

The George Gooley group of menswear stores was started by a man who loved men's fashion.

George Gooley, according to his son David, was Cya real fashion man'.

He loved the horses and going to the races Co and he loved quality clothes.

"He had a real flair for clothes," David said. "He would choose the fabrics and work closely with manufacturers about what he thought would work. Then he would market the clothing Co he was a real promoter."

From his first store in Lismore, George Gooley quickly went on to open menswear stores in Casino, Grafton and Ballina, as well as Jeans House in Woodlark Street.

"Then the family came along, and we all started working in the company," David said.

George Gooley died six years ago, after a wonderful life of fashion, family, friendship and, as his son David said Co a lot of hard work.

Today, David's son, Ben runs The Jean House and David Gooley is the Cyfloating' manager who also acts as the company Cytrouble-shooter'. David's wife Helen runs the office and his brother Peter Gooley runs the main store in Lismore, as well as buying for all the stores. According to David: "We all work together; it's very much a family business."

Some of the changes that the George Gooley group has seen over the years include men's fashion that offers a lot more choices.

"There's a lot more colour now and the fabrics are great. There wasn't nearly as much choice when Dad started out as there is now. The quality and the choices of fabrics are also so much better," David said.

On the downside, a lot of the Australian manufacturers have been lost, with most clothing manufacturing done offshore.

"Australia is just not that competitive. …

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