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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