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Gorland founder Salim Kamourieh dies

The fashion industry has reacted with shock to news of the sudden death of fashion agent and distributor Salim Kamourieh.

Lebanese born Salim Kamourieh, founder of fashion agency Gorland, is understood to have died in his sleep on Friday whilst on holiday with his family in Beirut. He was 59.

Gorland was one of the biggest fashion agencies in London in the 1990s, cashing in on the popularity of designer diffusion lines. At that time it supplied the likes of Versace, D&G and Just Cavalli to UK retailers. More recently Gorland signed a deal to distribute Sand in the UK and it also launched premium streetwear label Ed Hardy.

Philip Stark, founder of menswear chain Woodhouse, told Drapers that the fashion trade had lost one of its true characters. He said: "We worked with Salim in the very, very early days of his business when he was based just off Harley Street [in London]. He was incredibly passionate about fashion and he was able to negotiate some fantastic deals with brands in Italy at that time. He was somebody who had a vision and he always thought really big. He was more than an agent he was an entrepreneur. He was very much what I would call an old school fashion agent and a lot less corporate in his approach than you would find in the business nowadays."

Paul Platt, owner of menswear mini-chain Pockets, said: "He was always very professional and dedicated to his business. When I started Pockets 13 years ago he was very encouraging and he will be missed in the menswear industry. I would like to send my best wishes to his family."

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Salim was a real industry character and had a great eye for what would work in the market. He was hugely influential in the 1990s with the brands he brought and sold into the uk. I'll miss the nights out and his wisom and of course the great stories he told. He will be greatly missed.

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  • What a shock to read such news. A true legend of the business in every way. Will be missed by all.
    Regards and thoughts to his family, Douglas Hood

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  • Having worked for Salim at Gorland for just under 9 years I was very shocked and upset to hear the news on Monday of his death. Salim was a wonderful caring man and the best boss in the world. He will be deeply missed by the "Gorland Family". Donna-Marisa Lewis, Product Development SpaceNK, London.

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  • Having worked for Salim for many many years the news of his death was devastating. He was a larger than life character with an unmistakable presence when he walked into a room. He had such a gentle side to his character and was, without question, one of the kindest men I have ever known. He was compassionate, generous and really, really funny......you just couldn't help but love him....!!!! I will remember Salim in the way that I always have, with the utmost respect, admiration and above all else with great affection. I'll miss you.

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  • I feel greatly saddened that Salim will no longer be sat behind his desk in his office, with one of his amazing cigars! He had a warmth and a loyalty to those that were close to him, and he was never afraid to show where his opinions and loyalties lay. I'm sure his presence will be felt in his office and his business for many years to come.

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  • I knew the Salim from his start up days ,a long time.
    I going to miss those cigars.
    I am going to miss his sense of humour.
    I am going to miss his laugh.
    I am going to miss him.
    Bashir and from all at American Pie

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  • I was terribly saddened to learn of Salim's passing. He was always a charming and gracious host. He was passionate about the fashion business and I valued his insights when I was fortunate to receive them. May you find eternal peace.

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