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Clothing with a Story to Tell

My mom and I first met Lenora Thomas at Palafox Market last year when we her clothing booth caught our eye. We love shopping, especially for clothes, and especially when we see the word vintage thrown in the mix.

Her pieces were one-of-a-kind, handmade and, most of all, told a story. We were immediately customers. When we hosted a charity event later that year, Artists for a Cause, Lenora graciously donated 30 of her children’s dresses to our event without blinking an eye. I knew I needed to get to know this talented, kind hearted woman. What was her story anyways?


Meet Lenora Thomas (left) creator of Vintage Linen clothing. Her remarkable clothing displays remnants of the past and includes feed sacks, crocheted doilies, blouses, embroidered runners, aprons, curtains, and vintage linens.  

Growing up in Hawaii, she found her high school uniforms monotonous.  Wearing something new each week fueled her desire to sew and create.

She has spent more than 30 years researching and collecting period textiles and creates garments for all ages that are not only beautiful and unique, but also display a part of history. “The wearer displays stories of fabrics long ago,” Lenora describes her pieces.

We’re grateful you brought your talents to Pensacola and look forward to seeing your creations each week. If you’re browsing the Palafox Market this spring make sure you give her a visit — not only is Lenora lovely, but her unique clothing is sure to bring fond memories of times often forgotten.

You can find Lenora on most Saturdays at the Palafox Market or online on her Etsy shop.