For all inquiries,
Leslie can be reached at lesliekaylim@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Parsons The New School for Design
AAS: Communication Design / 2021
MA: Fashion Studies / 2017 

Middlebury College
BA: Political Science & Japanese

Christie’s Education
Online Certificate: History of Jewellery Design 1880 to Now

Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies / Stanford University
Certificate: Advanced Japanese



SKILLS

Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, XD, Premiere

Writing: News, Features, Interviews, Editing, Copy Editing, Creative

Language: English, Japanese - Fluent (JLPT Level 1 Certified)



OTHER

I’m a graphic designer, writer and curious thinker with a fondness for all things applied arts and an appreciation for the quietly beautiful, methodical approach. 

Globally minded with time spent in Tokyo, NYC, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore; now based in Brooklyn and Singapore.
EXPERIENCE

May - July (2021 & 2022)
Studio Assistant,
Cummings Illustration

Organized original art inventory and helped run children’s book workshop

Apr - Jun 2022
Junior Designer,
Mindful Design Collective

Designed and assisted with client LUK Beautifood print and digital content

Sep - Oct 2021
Freelance Designer, Rainbow Centre
Designed logo and collaterals for a stationery project

2016 - 2017, 2020 - 2021
Teaching Assistant, The New School
Taught undergraduate and graduate classes at Parsons’ School of Art and Design History and Theory

Nov 2018
Freelance Dresser,
Museum of the Moving Image
Part of the install team for the exhibit “The Coen Brothers Go West: Costume Design for the Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Jun - Sep 2018
Freelance Archivist, Tory Burch
Photographed and cataloged corporate and vintage fashion items for the archives

Feb 2018
Exhibition Assistant,
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Part of the de-install team for the exhibit “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”

2015 - 2018
Freelance Writer, The Straits Times
Contributed stories from NYC

Jan 2012 - Jun 2015
Journalist, The Straits Times
Wrote 2-3 stories per week as the main fashion writer for the biggest daily newspaper in Singapore; interviewed designers, CEOs, editors and models; coordinated shoots, product spreads and regular columns

Additional Work
The Museum at FIT
Dore Studio
Ace & Jig
US Embassy Tokyo