Leslie Smolan

Leslie Smolan

Founding Partner

Leslie Smolan is a strategist and designer known for her relentless pursuit of timeless beauty. As Founding Partner of the Carbone Smolan Agency, she applies the wisdom of her 40 years of experience to mentor clients on the power of strategic design to transform businesses.

Leslie has been internationally recognized for her distinct aesthetic and carefully nuanced detailing in brand identity, cross-platform marketing communications, and publishing projects, and has developed longstanding relationships with a roster of distinguished brands, including Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Canon. Recent projects include the graphic identities for two of Starwood Capital’s newest international hotel brands, a branding and marketing campaign for branding and marketing campaign for Tropicalia, an ultra-luxury resort and residences in the Dominican Republic.

Leslie is the author of The Hat Book, which won every major design award including AIGA: The 50 Great Books Show, the Silver Medal from the Leipzig Book Show, and an International ANDY Award. Leslie curated and co-wrote “Dialog”: What Makes a Great Design Partnership with Ken Carbone, which celebrates their 35-year collaboration. She is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), a select group of international designers. Recognized by design associations around the world, Leslie received the AIGA Medal in 2014, in recognition of her contributions to the field of design and visual communication.