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State of Skate: 5.19.04

Originally Published: May 19, 2004
By Keith Eric Davidson | EXPN.com

Vans, the original skateboard shoe company founded in 1966, was sold for a cool $396 million to the VF Corporation, the biggest apparel company in the world. VF owns American favorites Lee, Wrangler and Rustler jeans. Expect to see Vans at a rodeo near you.

With the combined springtime acquisitions of DC and Vans totaling more than $550 million, how much time is left for the last big independent, Sole Technologies, makers of etnies, eS and Emerica? Plenty, according to CEO/founder Pierre ...

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