Los Angeles—Paul Frank has been known for its collaborations with a diverse group from bands such as Radiohead and Bad Religion to artists and brands such as diverse as Andy Warhol, Hello Kitty and Nintendo.
This week the first ever “Paul Frank Presents” fashion collaboration with four Native American designers from different tribes and regions across the country. Planned to release in August, the collaboration fuses the iconic Paul Frank brand with four different artists’ aesthetics, each rooted in their heritage.
The collection will include a tote bag, hand-beaded sunglasses, graphic tees and Hama bead jewelry—an expression of the Native American culture and a way for the artists to integrate their perspective and tribal identity into fashion.
Each artist brings to life a visual identity with roots from his/her culture. Louie Gong, a designer from the Nooksack tribe who creates custom drawings and paintings on materials, is creating a silk-screened canvas tote bag. Candace Halcro of the Plains Cree/Metis tribes is skilled with the classic Native American beading technique and will showcase her talents on sunglasses. Dustin Martin, a graphic T-shirt fashion designer from the Navajo tribe, is using a phrase taught to him by his grandfather to inspire the prints of the famous Paul Frank character, Julius. And, Autumn Dawn Gomez, a jewelry designer from the Comanche/Taos tribes, is creating accessories inspired by various landscapes, which have impacted her life.
“We’re honored to be working with such talented and enthusiastic designers for this fashion and accessories collection,” said Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands. “Each artist has really captured the whimsical and fun energy of the Paul Frank brand and incorporated it into their designs for the line. We are so excited to share these items with Paul Frank fans very soon!”
To unveil the collection, Paul Frank is partnering with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) to host an event in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 16, during SWAIA’s annual Indian Market Week.
The event will showcase each of these designers and preview their limited edition pieces for the Paul Frank line for the very first time. These items will then be sold in the MoCNA Store.