Lisa Frank Is Real

The reclusive artist behind the iconic brand gives a tour of her kaleidoscopic headquarters.

If you are a female born in the 1980s, I don’t need to tell you what Lisa Frank is. In case you are not, Lisa Frank is a wildly popular brand of craft and school supplies featuring kaleidoscopic drawings of unicorns, stars, hearts, teddy bears, and the like.

A lesser-known fact is that Lisa Frank is a real person – and the owner of Lisa Frank Incorporated. Last year, Urban Outfitters bought her vintage stock and the notoriously reclusive Frank agreed to a promotional interview. The UO crew, headed by filmmakers Scott Ross and Karl Beyer, got a tour of Frank’s headquarters, which are even crazier than your childhood self could have imagined. The resulting video features a glimpse into the fireproof vault full of every Lisa Frank product ever sold, a giant fanmail wall, a dancing bear, and many quotable lines from Frank herself (“I’m a lunatic,” she says).

For more work by Ross and Beyer, visit http://scottandkarl.tv/.

Katherine Wells is a senior video producer at The Atlantic. More

Wells was formerly a producer of WNYC's Freakonomics Radio and NPR's Science Friday.

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