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A staple for skaters and surfers, Vans has a strong heritage in action sports, and prides itself on being grounded in youth, authenticity and individual style.
In 1966, the Van Doren Rubber Company opened up for business in Anaheim, California creating a simple canvas shoe that soon became a staple in the surfing and skating communities. Today, Vans has extended out to street culture as the company continues to re-create the original ‘Classic’.
Vans is now one of the leading youth lifestyle footwear brands in the world, with worldwide sales approaching $2 billion.
Accent Group became the New Zealand Vans distributor in 1992 and the Australian distributor in 2002. In addition to wholesaling the brand to premium retailers, Accent Group operated 16 mono-branded Vans stores. The brand is one of the key brands in the Platypus retail business.