Paul Frank Industries Unleashes New Line of Pet Accessories with Partner 26 Bars & a Band

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Paul Frank Industries will partner with 26 Bars and a Band, a modern pet accessory company. They will manufacture a line of products inspired by Paul Frank’s signature design tradition. The line includes accessories such as beds, bowls, charms, collars, dog tags, harnesses, and traditional as well as retractable leashes. Fun and stylish, the products will be available for purchase at Paul Frank Retail Stores and boutiques that carry 26 Bars & a Band items in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Price points for the collection will range $12 to $150.

Just ask Caesar Milan about Paul Frank and their love of dogs. If anyone has seen their episode of the Dog Whisperer they know it’s true. From the dogs that come to work every day to fun loving animal characters that grace tees, accessories, bedding and more. It’s only natural the company would create a line of specialty pet products too. Paul Frank Industries announced this week their partnership with 26 Bars and a Band, a modern pet accessory company. They will manufacture a line of products inspired by Paul Frank’s signature design tradition. The line includes accessories such as beds, bowls, charms, collars, dog tags, harnesses, and traditional as well as retractable leashes. Fun and stylish, the products will be available for purchase at Paul Frank Retail Stores and boutiques that carry 26 Bars & a Band items in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Price points for the collection will range $12 to $150.

“The style of both companies is similar and more importantly the business values and ideals are similar,” said Sandi Kaneko, Co-Founder for 26 Bars & a Band. “We share the same influences in art and design. Moreover, both businesses started the same way… small and out of their garages.”

“Paul Frank has always had a soft spot for animals and fashion. Being a dog owner myself, I am constantly looking for hip pieces for my dog that reflect my own fashion sense.” adds Ryan Heuser, President of Paul Frank Industries. “26 bars and band are the perfect compliment to translate our brand into fun, whimsical pet accessories that are sure to be coveted.”

26 Bars & a Band products are sold in over 800 stores domestically and 500 stores internationally, mostly in independent pet stores and boutiques. They can also be found in over 25 countries in Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Paul Frank Industries continues to cultivate licensee relationships, as a result of their strategic partnership with licensing agency, Gator Group. This newly adopted licensing model will allow the creative team at Paul Frank Industries to focus on unique design and marketing while each licensing partner will concentrate on manufacturing high quality products that captures the fantastic spirit and imagination of PFI.

About Paul Frank Industries
From its modest beginnings as a Lo-Fi accessories company in a SoCal beach town garage, Paul Frank Industries has steadily grown into a globally recognized, iconic brand. Creating relationships through exciting collaborations and strategic licensing partnerships, today Paul Frank merchandise includes apparel and accessories for all ages, books, stationery, eyewear, home décor, bicycles and more. Paul Frank Industries features artistic and entertaining designs inspired by their love of avant-garde, modern influences and everyday objects. Paul Frank products are available at world renowned retailers including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Fred Segal, Colette, Selfridges, Beams and flagship Paul Frank store locations. To see what’s new and exciting at Paul Frank Industries, visit paulfrank.com.

About 26 Bars and a Band
With a love for animals and a passion for creativity, husband-and-wife team created 26 Bars & a Band Michael and Sandi Kaneko in 2004. Located in Walnut, Calif., the company produces modern pet accessories that are both innovative and reasonably priced. Most recently the company has been featured on the Today Show, in Elle Magazine, Real Simple, and a variety of other pet publications. 26 Bars & a Band’s products are sold in over 800 stores domestically and 500 stores internationally, mostly in independent pet stores and boutiques. They can also be found in over 25 countries in Canada, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.26BarsAndABand.com.

About Gator Group
Launched in 2009 by Australian entrepreneur Geoff Rosenhain, Gator Group has quickly grown into a full-service licensing agency offering the unique combination of seasoned licensing executives coupled with expertise in product design and manufacturing. Gator Group provides a wide range of services for a focused group of strategic corporate partners as well as wholly owned brands. The company shares equity in and manages the worldwide licensing for fashion lifestyle brand, birdie, and is the global licensing agent for renowned fashion brand Paul Frank Industries as well as style icon and publishing phenomenon Emily the Strange. Also an electronics accessories licensee, the company manufactures and markets a range of protective cases for Apple iPods, iPhones and laptops with distribution worldwide. Gator Group is headquartered in Dana Point, California with offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris. For additional information please visit http://www.gatorgroup.com.

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