Hi! I’m Lesley. I’m a Creative Director, Illustrator and founder of This is Lester.
I help brands connect to humans in meaningful and unexpected ways.
In my 20-year career, I have worked as a Set Designer for Beyonce, Gwen Stefanie, on SNL, designed and produced VIP experiences for the NFL Super Bowl Concert Series, The Police’s last tour (ever), Madonna, J-Lo & JayZ, on nationally televised concerts on ABC & NBC, streamed series & virtual events for GQ and Stella Artois, and most humbly my work with mission driven projects from One Earth Global Concert to the United Nations global campaign on sustainability. Additionally, I’m a guest speaker with youth at Universities, the YMCA, Inner City-Arts on the possibilities of their future in the creative arts. As a strategic thinker with a digitally driven mindset, I understand the power of connection. My work has generated millions of impressions, been turned into permanent installations, and has even been auctioned for charity.
Early on, teachers always said that my style was totally different to everyone else’s. In time, I realized this was a good thing, so I set out to make it a real thing! My early career and education at Canada’s leading school for Interior Design set me up to understand the psychology of space, color and our emotional connection to art & design. Then at just 25, I made my way to NYC, armed with a hockey bag of clothes, a pocket’s worth of cash and a crazy dream that anything was possible. Within six months, I was Art Directing shows at Madison Square Garden & Radio City Music Hall. Soon after, I launched ‘this is Lester’ organically with the intention that I would create exceptional, artful and soulful experiences that move people. Together or apart, my mission is unwavering.
Seeing things differently has been an advantage throughout my career. I have an abstract mind and a meticulous eye. I’m a left & right brain thinker able to bring ideas to life from inception through to launch. My creative focus is on helping brands truly embrace art, while honoring their brand equity. Being able to artfully and strategically Creative Direct all the pieces so they create an original and beautiful picture, while still maintaining the company goals and KPIs, is an artform in and of itself. I am passionate about sharing this feeling of possibility with people through experience. Hope & Fun is connection in its truest form.
This is Lester is broadening its experience & outreach by consulting with brands in-house. As Founder and Lead Conceptualist, I have endless ideas and an innate ability to connect with new teams. I can quickly identify the layers of your project that will create a long-lasting, tactile experience for your audience. It has been my pleasure working in new ways through wild times and being able to share my knowledge and connections with existing and new clients. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
My hand-drawn, whimsical, and often kooky illustrations have inspired an award-nominated line of stationery and decor that celebrate everything from feminism to cats. Over the last crazy year, these patterns, pets and people have found their audience, and they’ve become a part of the heart and soul of this is Lester – check them out here: @iamlester.co
The ‘this is LESTER’ team are artists first. Creativity is our lifeblood. We’re fueled by a cocktail of inspiration, imagination and audacity. We take time to understand your brand or client, the message and mission and find experiential ways to give that meaning and impact in the real world.
First and foremost, we’re a team of creatives that think in terms of what could be, not what has come before.
We’ve been in the business 15 years. We know what it takes to make an experience go off without a hitch. We sweat the small stuff and are pedantic when it comes to production.
We show up to our work with all that we’ve got. We’re raw, real and brimming with passion for what we do and a commitment to honoring our creativity… and having fun a little fun as we go.
We don’t work in a vacuum. We get off on collaborating with top artists, originators and influencers to heighten the creative vision.