March 17, 2006 |
Artist Paul Frank, whose doodling launched a multimillion-dollar clothing and accessories empire, is reaching for the eraser. The designer filed a lawsuit this week against Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries to shut it down. He alleged that company President Ryan Heuser and Chief Executive John Oswald fired him in November "without cause" and that the executives were paying themselves excessive salaries.
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.
August 18, 2010 |
Power Rangers, meet the monkeys. Haim Saban, who became a television tycoon by bringing the "Power Rangers" series to the U.S., has bought Paul Frank Industries Inc., a Southern California design, licensing and retail operation that began nearly 15 years ago in a Huntington Beach garage. Its trademark Julius the monkey icon — a whimsical twist on the old-school sock monkey — adorns a line of apparel and accessories, including baby bibs, canvas bags, bike helmets and Lip Smackers brand lip balm.
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.
August 25, 2005 |
Four decades after Andy Warhol made Campbell's Soup cans chic, San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. is betting that he can help boost business by getting shoppers to fork over $190 for a cashmere T-shirt. Eighteen years after his death, the Pop artist remains part of the fashion scene -- thanks to his nonprofit foundation, which licenses his artwork on clothes, china, luggage and even rugs.
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.