James Van Doren R.I.P.

We’re sad to report that one of the founding brothers of Vans, James Van Doren, has passed away at the age of 72.

“James Van Doren and his older brother Paul had only sample sneakers to offer when they opened their first store, in Anaheim, in 1966. They took a dozen orders in the morning and delivered custom canvas deck shoes, made in their adjacent factory, in the afternoon.” LA Times story here.