Vans co-founder Paul Van Doren dies at 90, company announces – fr

Vans co-founder Paul Van Doren dies at 90, company announces – fr

COSTA MESA, Calif. (KABC) – Paul Van Doren, who helped build a single store in Anaheim in the Vans sneaker and apparel empire, has died at the age of 90, the society. “It is with a heavy heart that Vans announces the passing of our co-founder, Paul Van Doren,” the company tweeted.
“Paul was not just an entrepreneur; he was an innovator. We send our love and strength to the Van Doren family and the countless members of the Vans family who brought Paul’s legacy to life. “

Van Doren, along with his brother Jim and two other partners, opened his first Van Doren Rubber Co. site in 1966 in Anaheim. The company’s history notes that 12 people purchased shoes that day, which were made to order and ready to be picked up in the afternoon.

Eventually, Vans shoes – and later clothing – became a popular item in Southern California skateboarding culture of the 1970s. By the end of the decade, the company had 70 stores in California and exported its shoes. in all the countries.

In popular culture, the company received a big boost when Sean Penn wore a pair of Vans in the 1982 film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” bumping his head with the checkered shoes in one notable scene. Doren and his partner Gordy Lee sold the business in 1988 to a banking company for $ 74 million.

The VF Corp. bought Vans in 2004 for nearly $ 400 million and continues to own the brand along with a variety of other businesses and apparel firms.

Vans is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.

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