James Van Doren – R.I.P.

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Sadly passing away last week, the co-founder of Vans, James Van Doren will leave an ultimate legacy as one of the pioneers of an entire sub-culture. Founding the Van Doren Rubber Co. in the South Californian province of Anaheim in 1966, the Van Doren Brothers created the first shoe built for ‘extreme’ sports and one of the first customisation services. The rest they say, is history…


One of our favourite tributes to JVD was that over at Secret Forts where it is simple, easy on the eye and very minimal. A lot like a good pair of Vans.

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