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Founder Of Iconic Vans Brand Dies

Paul Van Doren, the founder of the iconic Vans sneaker made famous in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," has died at age 90. “Like Paul, from the first day of business, Vans was uniquely innovative,” the Vans Company said in a statement. “When the first Vans store opened, there were no stand-alone retail stores just for sneakers. Paul’s bold experiments in product design, distribution, and marketing, along with his knack for numbers, and a genius for efficiency turned Paul’s family shoe business into an all-American success story.”

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