Paul Van Doren, who aided build a single Anaheim storehouse into the Vans sneaker & clothing realm, has passed away at age 90, the organization declared Friday.
“It is with a heavy heart that Vans declares the passing of our co-founder, Paul Van Doren,” the organization tweeted. “Paul Van wasn’t a simple entrepreneur, but he was also an innovator. We send our love & strength to their family and the numerous Vans Family affiliates who have brought Paul van’s legacy to life.”
Paul was born in Boston & managed Randy’s, a shoe company that made hardened sneakers. In the mid-60s Randy’s sent Van Doren, his bro, and Lee to direct the ship at an underperforming industry in Gardon Grove, California, announced Paul Van Doren’s child, Steve, in the magazine “Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book.”
Van, a high school truant, originated the brand famous in skateboarding series beside his brother Jim Van Doren & two more partners. The first Vans shop was inaugurated in 1966 in Anaheim, California. On the store’s opening day, twelve customers bought shoes, the company stated.
Van Doren began the company at various times for the following two decades till it was traded in 1988. It is now owned by VFC, which runs several brands such as Supreme, Timberland, The North Face, Dickies, and JanSport. Now, there are 300+ Vans stores globally.
Recently, Van Doren issued on Amazon his autobiography, “Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans,” which depicts his life and the growth of the firm to a force in the sneaker and clothes industries.
“We send our love and strength to the Doren family and the countless Their family have brought Paul’s legacy to life,” the company responded through Twitter. “It benefits that we knew our clients,” he wrote, “especially the skaters, the surfers, & the mums.”