Customarily bios account for someone’s life or journey and is written by someone other than the subject. In this case let’s connect on a denim autobiography-level instead…shall we? First of all, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to acquaint myself. I am Lennor, (pronounced Lenore). I am the sole Fashion Designer for FLAWED Denim LLC, and I am most pleased to meet you. Time is most valuable and cannot be recaptured, yet many times is taken for granted with the best of intentions. With the greatest of sincerity, this is not the case. Again, THANK YOU. Now, let’s positively vibe denim!
My passion for denim began before I actually realized I had such an appetite for denim. I think back to what was then Jr. High School. I didn’t have the resources to purchase the latest fashion trends many of my peers were able to buy, so I decided to enroll in Home Economics class. I didn’t know much about the course, but it was rumored I could learn to sew and cook. The sewing segment of the
course was near a whopping 6 weeks! Yes…One halfway through this course, at Portola Junior High School, is where my formal training began and ended. My one and only creation was made of a light denim fabric with small vegetables imprinted on the fabric! Not at all a favorite, that “A” grade meant the world to me.
Once in high school, El Cerrito High earned quite the “fashion show” reputation. Again, unequipped, I struggled with the inability to fashion mesh. It wasn’t until many years after high school, I learned many of the best-dressed were actually thrifting! I was livid with myself! How could I not see it? I saw pieces that seemed vintage, one of a kind and unfamiliar to our era. These students were the trendsetters! They were bold, daring and resourceful. FLAWED Denim is born of pure denim fashion combined with my love for art. FLAWED Denim emerged because I wasn’t certain of my fashion or denim possibilities. In creating FLAWED Denim, I allowed fashion circumstances to force me to reach. In contemplating the name, all that came to mind was, “We are all flawed, and my
favorite way to dress my flaws, has always been in denim.” Denim excites me; Denim is timeless, versatile, and flexible. The many hues of denim can tell a story from one end of the color wheel to the other. For me, denim is defining.
Denim opens a realm built on fierce imagination yielding turmoil, happiness, love and fear. The downtrodden can be seen and heard through self-expression that only denim can awaken. Well-styled denim demands attention and produces an outcome that many in power may not have seen coming. A prime example is an event that otherwise would not allow denim attire but insists on gown-like apparel. What might the authorities say if a beautiful being appeared in a beautifully crafted denim gown with a train? Perhaps it would be time to alter previous dress codes to insist on “After 5, or Gown Attire to include denim,” and eliminate denim from their fashion forbidden demands. Think about it.