He was 90 years old.
Paul Van Doren, one of the founders of sportswear and footwear manufacturer Vans, died on Thursday, May 6, at the age of 90. The corresponding message was posted on the brand’s official Instagram account.
“It is with a heavy heart that Vans announces the passing of its co-founder, Paul Van Doren,” the text reads. The cause of death is not given.
According to NBC, Van Doren, along with his brother and partners, opened the first store called Van Doren Rubber in California in 1966. In the 1980s, due to the cost of opening new stores and expanding the range, the company went bankrupt and was sold in 1988. Currently, it is owned by the American corporation VF, engaged in the production of clothing and footwear.