It is with heavy hearts and sincere sorrow that we report today the passing of a Canadian photographer in the fashion industry. Our friend, Hamish Kippen, passed away yesterday, October 20th, 2008. To honour this creative soul and report on this untimely, tragic passing, we remember Hamish for all that he brought to the lives around him. Hamish’s life was a work of art; he was a delight to work with and an honour to know. We remember an energetic, creative young man whose innovative and striking photography touched our lives in the most profound way. Although Hamish worked from behind a lens, his warmth and presence was always made known through his animated and charismatic personality. Those who were a part of Hamish’s life can all agree that although we knew him for too short a time, we felt enveloped by the warmth and spirit of his inspired presence.
This tragedy has shaken the Canadian fashion industry and our thoughts are with Hamish’s friends, family, and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. As Fashion Week continues we strive to remember the fragility of life and how precious and important it is to celebrate each others’ lives through our works of art. The vibrant masterpieces Hamish left us serve as an everlasting mark on this world. Hamish, we were truly blessed to know you.