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Gorland enters administration

Fashion agency and distributor Gorland has gone into administration.

The administration of the company, which distributed brands including Sand and premium streetwear label Ed Hardy, which it launched in the UK, is being handled by insolvency practitioner Begbies Traynor.

The administration comes just two months after Gorland founder Salim Kamourieh died suddenly, aged 59.

It is unclear whether the company has been wound up because of Kamourieh’s death or whether recent difficult trading conditions, particularly among independent retailers, affected its cash flow.

Gorland was one of the biggest fashion agencies in London in the 1990s, cashing in on the popularity of designer diffusion lines. It has supplied brands including Versace, D&G and Just Cavalli to UK retailers over the past 18 years.

Kamourieh was hugely admired in the industry for his ability to negotiate with and manage relationships with high-profile designer brands and for his ability to spot labels with potential.

Begbies Traynor was unavailable for comment. Gorland was also unavailable for comment as Drapers went to press.

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