November 13, 1998 |
In the 1968 cinematic classic "Planet of the Apes," Charlton Heston's astronaut character returns to Earth to find it inhabited by monkey men in leisure wear. Fast forward. Thousands of e-mails sent over the Internet last week goaded readers to don masks to trick senator-returned-astronaut John Glenn into believing he'd met the same fate. Computer geeks. If they tracked the hip radar, they'd know that monkey madness has already enslaved fashion sects in the form of handbags, socks and wallets.
November 8, 2001
Those on the forefront of fashion will have noticed that monkey faces have popped up in various places. Handbags. Purses. T-shirts. Belts. Socks. Watches. Doormats. The monkey is Julius, and he's the marquee of designer Paul Frank. Julius has friends--Clancy, the world's shortest giraffe; Worry Bear, a neurotic and timid ball of fuzz; Ellie, the optimistic elephant; and Scurvy, a wisecracking, tale-telling skull and crossbones.
April 4, 2006 |
For the first time since he was fired in November, designer Paul Frank Sunich walked last week into the Los Angeles store that bears his name and took stock. The co-founder of Paul Frank Industries Inc. touched T-shirts decorated with whimsical characters he created -- including Julius, the cheeky monkey, and Clancy, the world's smallest giraffe. He pointed out a clock he had made by hand and a purse stitched from vinyl upholstery from a pickup truck.
November 9, 2005 |
Paul Frank, who turned the image of a whimsical monkey into the foundation for a global apparel and accessory business bearing his name, has split from the company, it was announced Tuesday. The 38-year-old designer left "to pursue other interests," Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries Inc. said in a statement, declining to elaborate. Frank, who began selling vinyl wallets in Huntington Beach in 1995, could not be reached for comment.
March 16, 2006 |
Paul Frank Sunich, the artist whose image of Julius the monkey decorates T-shirts and accessories sold in Paul Frank stores, sued the company he started, saying he was improperly fired last year. Paul Frank Industries Inc. fired Sunich in November "without cause," according to a complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
June 20, 1999 |
In 1993, Huntington Beach native Paul Frank decided to jazz up a pair of Jack Purcells sneakers by stitching on some vinyl stripes he got from an auto upholstery shop. But the shoes didn't fit through his sewing machine--duh!--so Frank refashioned the vinyl into gift key chains, wallets and a purse. Inspired by a sock monkey his grandmother had made for him, Frank came up with a lovable cartoon primate with a wide red mouth, named Julius, to adorn his accessories.