About LBH & Co.

LBH & Co. is a boutique public relations and communications firm specializing in the products, stories and talents of noteworthy lifestyle brands and entrepreneurs rooted in the South. We’re proud to collaborate with a carefully curated list of clientele, driving awareness and brand growth within their unique industries. From fashion and beauty to destinations, interiors and art— we believe in applauding beautiful brands with well-told stories and thoughtful partnerships.

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Lauren Hopkins

Founder and Principal

A champion of small brands and businesses with big stories, Lauren is more than a publicist—she’s a partner with her clients. She founded LBH & Co. to provide an intentional group of clients individualized attention and unmatched passion for their services and crafts.

A graduate of Furman University, Lauren honed her service and networking skills in luxury real estate marketing for the venerable Sea Island Resorts. Her communication skills, account management, and public relations savvy was further cemented during her time with Butin Integrated Communications, where she managed and maintained high-level accounts. After the birth of her first child, Lauren followed a zeal for the small business and launched LBH & Co. in 2013. With more than a decade of experience, Lauren understands the fundamentals of making a great impression on behalf of her clients.

She and her husband, Lee, are raising their daughter and son on charming St. Simons Island where she is active in their Church, the children's preschool, and several community organizations that remain close to her heart.

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Kari Torstenson


With a passion for the power of communications, Kari is adept at finding unique ways to craft messages and stories that connect people and drive press. The Charlotte native is a graduate of The University of South Carolina, where she built a strong foundation for professional excellence. More than six years of public relations experience cemented her polished skill set, which includes client management, media outreach, influencer relations, and social media strategy and execution. As a publicist, Kari has seen much success garnering noteworthy media placements for clients, who value her exceptional mix of professional merit and engaging disposition.

Kari and her husband are currently remodeling a home and recently became a family of three with the addition of their daughter.