Obituary: Wichy Hassan - Miss Sixty Co-Founder

"Wichy Hassan, creative director and co-founder of Sixty SpA, died on Friday at 56, after a battle with cancer.

Tirelessly industrious and passionate about his work, Hassan contributed to shaping Italy’s denim and sportswear industry, launching jeans specifically designed for women, for example.

Hassan started his career as an artist and a painter and his printed T-shirts were also successful, Longhi added, noting that the designer went out of his way to help out young artists. “He was very sensitive and adored his company. He was a fighter, was always positive and very ironic.”

Other friends recalled how he used to laugh about himself, saying: “I am short, black, a Jew and gay.” Hassan became actively involved in equal rights movements. The global recession put a dent in Sixty’s success over the past couple of years, but Hassan had the benefit of perspective and maintained a positive view of the future for the company he founded in 1989.
Sixty’s offices are located in Rome, but its manufacturing plant is based in Chieti, Italy.

Hassan had a soft spot for America and for seven seasons held a Miss Sixty runway show during New York Fashion Week, which he had to grudgingly forgo for budget reasons in September 2009.

Going forward, industry sources are speculating about the future of the company, as a new production and distribution partnership with Chinese manufacturer Trendiano Co. Ltd. was announced hours before Hassan’s death." (WWD)

via WWD


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