In the 1980s and ’90s, Lisa Frank filled the world with rainbows and unicorns through her colorful designs. And after starting her business from an early age, the entrepreneur ultimately built up a multi-million-dollar empire. However, while certain aspects of Frank’s neon world were once shrouded in mystery, the artist’s fans have finally been able to catch a rare glimpse inside one seldom-seen factory.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Frank grew up to be creative, though, as the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native had an art-collector father. She would go on to study art, too, at the University of Arizona following her graduation from Cranbrook Kingswood School. And while at college, Frank dreamed up a line of brightly colored pendants and novelty caricatures that were inspired by iconic characters such as Betty Boop.
Then, after spotting a trend for stickers, Frank created a set in a rainbow theme. These items in turn would serve as the springboard for Lisa Frank Inc., which she launched in 1979. And within a year, the entrepreneur would earn an order worth a cool $1 million.