The founder of Michigan-based Art Van Furniture retail chain, Archie A. Van Eslander, passed away Monday at the age of 87 from complications related to lung cancer.
A native of Detroit, Van Elslander was the son of a Belgian immigrant. He started peddling papers and working in his father’s bar as a young boy. At age 14, he discovered his love of fashion when he took a job working at a local menswear store, the company said.