PAUL FRANK’S L.A. STORE
LOS ANGELES — Here come the monkeys.
Paul Frank Industries is set to open its first signature shop in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, which will be its largest retail unit in California after locations in Newport Beach and San Francisco.
The Newport Beach-based junior manufacturer — known for its monkey icon — signed a lease in May for a 1,600-square-foot corner property at 8101 West 3rd Street. The store is expected to pull in $250,000 in its first year, according to a company spokesman.
The store, the interior of which was designed by Paul Frank in the style of mid-century modernists Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, will carry a full range of products, as well as one-of-a-kinds. In December, the store planning a launch party to introduce a new eyewear license called PFEye.
Paul Frank is currently on a retail push, which will place an additional three stores in London, Tokyo and Osaka by the end of the year. With national accounts including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, sales are expected to top $15 million for 2001, the spokesman said.