First pair: “I remember my dad made a pair of shoes out of a Hawaiian shirt that I had. I’ve always gravitated toward Hawaiian print. It was probably that pair.”
Favorite Vans moment in pop culture: “Julia Roberts was filming My Best Friend’s Wedding in Chicago while we were there for a trade show. So, I sent out some guys and said, 'OK, go get a couple pairs of shoes, a long-stem rose, and a box of candy.’ I put the whole thing together with my business card and wrote, 'Dear Ms. Roberts, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this company called Vans, but if you ever need any shoes, please call me.’ I left the box with the manager of the hotel to deliver and came back to find a note that said, 'Not only do I know Vans, but I love Vans! And if I can be so bold, of course I want some shoes!’ Later we returned from dinner when they were filming and she gave me a big hug! So in Notting Hill she wore our first platforms two or three times.“
Where Vans is headed: “My goal is just to keep it as real as possible, to keep action sports and music in our culture and not let it get away from that. As for House of Vans, in five years I’d like to see 10 of those around the world, because we’ve had the one in New York and never charged a penny to come and see some great music, an art show, or skateboarding. And the Vans Warped Tour! We’re on year 22! So I see that still going...it’s the gnarliest thing in the world."