Unleashing Creativity: Paul Frank’s A.NI.MA Series Redefines Fashion Through Innovative Artist Collaborations at DesignerCon 2023

Paul Frank ANIMA Series

Paul Frank made an impressive statement with a substantial booth highlighting their newest venture, the A.NI.MA series at the 2023 DesignerCon.

This fresh brand concept embodies the artful marriage of pop-culture and sub-culture, revealing the innovative prowess of Paul Frank in the fashion arena. The A.NI.MA series, a unique offshoot of the Paul Frank intellectual property (IP), targets bold creatives and burgeoning communities seeking to push the envelopes of art and fashion.

It stands as a beacon of creative liberty and self-expression, comfortably positioned at the nexus of street art and fashion. Notably, the A.NI.MA series boasts exclusive graphics from renowned American artist David Flores, who contributes his distinctive ‘stained glass’ style to the A.NI.MA series logo and concept.

Paul Frank A.NI.MA Series Collabs

The A.NI.MA series collaborates with a host of exceptional talents, adding a personal touch to each of its creations.

David P. Flores, tPaul Frank ANIMA Serieshe renowned American artist and muralist, brings his unique “Stained Glass” style to the collaboration with Paul Frank. His impressive portfolio includes work with notable skateboarding companies such as Shorty’s Skateboards, Anti Hero, and Powell Peralta. Having made his name through his illustrations in Transworld Skateboarding magazine and painting series like “Giants”, Flores extends his creativity to design and produce limited edition vinyl toys and clothing.

Coté Escriva, based in Valencia, Spain, merges animation and street art culture to create intriguing and darkly humorous works. His creations often feature American cartoon figures like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse in unexpected and macabre situations. Escriva’s work has been exhibited globally, in cities such as London, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. Like his influences, KAWS and Shepard Fairey, Escriva has also ventured into merchandise like custom skateboard decks and toys.

Darbotz, a passionate Jakarta-based artist, has developed a unique visual identity represented by the cumi (squid), reflecting his experiences of the city’s hustle and bustle. He began carving his signature on the streets in 1997, and over time, evolved his style to establish a recognizable identity without resorting to typography. Darbotz’s work is deeply influenced by hip-hop culture and is a reflection of Jakarta’s dynamic urban society. He is also a co-founder of Tembokbomber.com, one of Indonesia’s largest street art and graffiti communities.

Paul Frank ANIMA SeriesThe collection ranges from limited edition streetwear and accessories to skate decks and collectibles. The inaugural collection of the A.NI.MA series, ‘Pray for Skate’, was unveiled at a private event in Shanghai that gathered artists of various disciplines to delve into the A.NI.MA concept through an immersive experience of art, fashion, music, and lights.

With plans for future partnerships with international artists and limited edition collections, the A.NI.MA series represents a progressive re-envisioning of Paul Frank for a new generation of creatives united by dynamic subcultures.

While the series caters to the burgeoning youth subculture scene, it remains a part of the larger Paul Frank franchise, celebrated for its nostalgic bright colors, quirky humor, and the legendary Julius the Monkey.

Who is Paul Frank?

Paul Frank is both a person and a brand. The person, Paul Frank Sunich, is an American artist, cartoonist, and fashion designer born on August 29, 1967, in Huntington Beach, California. He studied art and fashion design at Orange Coast College in California during the 1990s.

The brand, Paul Frank Limited, is a US-based lifestyle products company that sells apparel and accessories. It was founded in 1995 when Paul Frank began making custom wallets as gifts for his friends. The company is known for its unique and whimsical characters, the most recognized of which is Julius the Monkey.

Paul Frank’s products are characterized by their playful, happy, and fearless designs, which are often brightly colored and inspired by mid-century aesthetics. The brand has collaborated with a wide range of companies and artists, including Wahoo’s Fish Taco, John Deere, ProKeds, Hello Kitty, Lego, Nintendo, Thomas Campbell, Mark Ryden, Skullcandy, Nirve Bicycles, SHAG, Andy Warhol, Oscar Mayer, Nissin, Funko, and Mattel.

In 2005, Paul Frank left the company due to a dispute with his business partners. However, he returned in 2016 when the company was purchased by Saban Brands. As of 2020, the company is owned by Futurity Brands AG, a subsidiary of Futurity Brands Limited.

Paul Frank’s products are available online and in stores, and they include a wide range of items such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

If anything, the journey of Paul Frank has a few lessons for other creators out there:  the first (and perhaps foremost) is have fun, and build things you truly love (like wallets for your friends).

The second is a bit more of a cautionary tale: be careful who you partner with, and you ultimately give equity too. Once that equity exceeds your own, you become a minority partner and can be forced from the company, even if it’s your name on the label.

And, finally, what’s old is new again. It’s great to see the Paul Frank brand innovating in the space yet again.

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