Vans co-founder Paul Van Doren has reportedly passed away at the age of 90.
Van Doren created the Van Doren Rubber Company in 1966 with his brother Jim and two other partners, and they opened their first shop “House of Vans“, in the early 70’s. The Vans brand continued to become one of the most well known and respected brands in skateboarding and a cultural phenomenon, where the company’s sneakers became one of the most recognizable silhouettes in the world. RIP to an Icon.
It is with a heavy heart that Vans announces the passing of our co-founder, Paul Van Doren. Paul was not just an entrepreneur; he was an innovator. The Van Doren Rubber Company was the culmination of a lifetime of experimentation and hard work in the shoe industry. Paul’s bold experiments in product design, distribution and marketing, along with his knack for numbers and efficiency turned a family shoe business into a globally recognized brand. We send our love and strength to the Van Doren family and the countless Vans Family members who have brought Paul’s legacy to life. Thank you for everything, Paul. You will be sorely missed.– Vans