Yeah, yeah, yeah… We know unicorns are all the rage right now– what with unicorn drinks (We’re looking at you, Starbucks!) and unicorn cakes, but we’re here to tell you that the 80s were WAY ahead of this curve.
Yes, friends, the 80s gave us the blindingly-bright Lisa Frank school supplies (including Trapper Keepers, which we ♥), and just like that, little girls all around the globe could squeal with delight, because they could go to school with their very own super-colorful, wild-and-crazy folders and notebooks.
But it wasn’t just the bright colors that snagged everyone’s attention. Perhaps you recall the neon pink-and-purple pandas? And the rainbow-colored leopards?
SO MANY COLORS! BRAIN HURTS! SEND HELP!
And, oh yes—those unicorns? Lisa Frank had the market cornered on unicorn-adorned school supplies. So all these youngsters (and adults) who are now flipping out over the Unicorn Frappuccino? Well…Sorry, Charlie. You’re late to the party.
Frank’s company rose to its most popular in 1987 with characters like Panda Painter and Hunter the multicolored leopard, but eventually their time in the spotlight faded away. In 2012 Urban Outfitters brought back some of her designs (and kids of the 80s gasped!), but, alas, it wasn’t meant to be. It’s rare you’ll find any Lisa Frank products on the shelves these days, but there have been whispers of a comeback.
With unicorns getting all this renewed traction, we can’t help but hope…and at the same time reminisce about Ms. Frank’s tie-dyed magical creatures that we loved so much in the 80s.
We ♥ Lisa Frank.