Monkey on Your Back

Everybody knows Julius. He’s the cartoon monkey that appears on t-shirts, backpacks, and pajamas of little girls and big hipsters everywhere. A genius designer known as Paul Frank Sunich started sewing pictures of the adorable Julius on purses back in 1995, and in doing so, launched a multi-million-dollar empire known as Paul Frank Industries. Last year, however, Sunich got booted out of his own company. His former partners told him to take $611,378 for his services and go away, then used the courts to stop Sunich from using his own name in future business ventures. Sunich, in opposing legal action, says that they better watch out: he still owns the copyrights to his monkey. Julius, thank god, seems blissfully ignorant about all the fighting; he remains cute as ever, his little monkey face obliviously plastered to all kinds of merchandise. Pimp yourself out in the season’s freshest gear during Saturday’s Paul Frank trunk show at Jezebel (1980 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). The boutique will show you a sneak peek of next season’s lines, hold a Paul Frank bicycle raffle, and dole out lots of Paul Frank giveaways. You can also get your picture taken with Julius and friends in a photo booth. Proceeds will be donated to the local Alzheimer’s Family Center. Call 954-761-7881, or visit
Sat., April 22
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