print life

Hey! I'm Leslie

Just a little shy of 15 years in the industry, I have done it all. From scrappy freelancer, in house designer and studio start up, to coaching creatives to grow your passion for print design into a profitable business. I can't wait to work with you!


Owner & creative director of White Buffalo Studio, Co-Founder of The Print Book & creative coach for print designers who want to build a lasting career in print design!

You can find me running my print studio, working with our sister studios at The Print Book, researching market trends, obsessing over the runway or working with designers in our membership to get their business up and running!

I didn’t always know I wanted to work in print design...

It all started with my first non-retail job in the fashion industry, that truth be told, I landed with a portfolio pieced together the night before. By chance, literally a power outage in the city, I was given the opportunity to develop a print that was picked up my Neiman Marcus! 

I began watching and learning from the other designers, pouring over the runways and watching sales reps come and go with their big suitcases full of prints. Then, one day I knew. I wanted the big suitcases full of prints. I knew I wanted my own studio. 

I started a small business with a whole lot of heart and navigated the ins and outs of the apparel industry with a LOT of trial and error to build a successful studio.

And, now, I’m here to share it all with you!

I BELIEVE IN:

I believe in creative intuition, designing with your end user in mind, that less is more and in working smarter...not harder. 

I'm NOT ABOUT:

Keeping up with fast fashion. It is time to slow way down and create from a place of intention.

YOU CAN FIND ME:

Running my studio, working with our sister studios at The Print Book, doing market research, obsessing over Etro on the runway or ... at the zoo with my son Leif. 

daily rituals:

Oil cleansing, family breakfast, business podcasts and watching a show with the hubs. Preferably with a cocktail!

A few of my favorite things...

Shopping the stores... It is so important to know your market. Trends aside, it is all about understanding your clients and their customers needs as best you can.

drink the wild air...

Living close to the mountains...and the sea! Just a short drive from the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu.

Having my own business and working from home... It isn't always easy, but it is worth it. Having the freedom and flexibility to make your own schedule is priceless.

Skill and an artistic eye are just a part of your success. 

Not all of us were taught sales & marketing in art school, not to mention the lack of information in our industry.

Growing a print design business often feels like trudging through water, and you know if you could juuuuust figure out how to get these designs in the hands of the right clients... Your momentum would be endless! 

Your prints deserve more than to sit unseen in an unfinished portfolio and you deserve more than the constant mind-boggle of wondering what to do next to truly grow your business.

It’s time someone pulled back the curtains and showed you step-by-step how to grow a successful print design business. If this sounds like you, then The Print Life Membership was created for you. Because...I was once you.

Dream of selling your designs?

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"I completed Portfolio Bootcamp and it is honestly the best industry course I have done. Leslie provided me with a system to build a portfolio that is current and designed to get me the work I want."

- Julie Bunyard