In the 1980s and ‘90s, Lisa Frank filled the world with rainbows and unicorns with her colorful designs. And starting from an early age, she built a multi-million-dollar empire. But her neon world was shrouded in mystery, and when her headquarters went up for sale, fans finally got a rare glimpse inside a normally secretive location.
Frank was born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in April 1955. And with an art-collector father as an influence, she was surrounded by art from a young age. Indeed, she would go on to study the subject at the University of Arizona, after graduating from Cranbrook Kingswood School. Then, inspired by iconic characters such as Betty Boop, Frank later dreamed up a line of brightly colored pendants and novelty caricatures.
Spotting a trend for stickers, Frank created a set in a rainbow theme, much like the jewelry she had designed at university. Indeed, these stickers would serve as the springboard for Lisa Frank Inc., which she launched in 1979. And within a year the entrepreneur would earn her first order worth a million dollars.