Strangers from across the country are offering to loan their wedding gowns to panicked brides after retailer Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy.
It’s a bride-to-be’s worst nightmare.
Alfred Angelo Bridal, which suddenly closed and filed for bankruptcy liquidation last month, is telling customers that if they haven’t received their dress already, they won’t be getting it.
The company says all remaining open orders will not be filled, reversing a previous statement that held out hope.
Alfred Angelo, a national chain with 60 of its own stores and 1,400 locations that sell its merchandise worldwide, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 13, immediately closing its stores without advance notice to employees until the day of.
After the closure, Patricia Redmond, a lawyer for Stearns Weaver Miller that handled the bankruptcy filing told USA TODAY that she had received “thousands” of e-mails from concerned women, but that the company would work to fulfill all orders that had already been purchased.
The company said in the statement on its website that it had delivered dresses to some brides and others since the closure.
But now, any that still haven’t gotten their gown will no longer be receiving it due to “logistical and financial strain.”
“The Chapter 7 Trustee greatly regrets the upset that Alfred Angelo’s … bankruptcy filing has caused its customers,” the statement reads. “While we have been successful in obtaining customer records and delivering many dresses and accessories for customers all over the country, even after the bankruptcy filing date, it has now become apparent that the logistical and financial strain of fulfilling each and every open order makes continuing that course of action no longer possible.” No further dresses, it goes on to say, will be delivered.
The statement — the first public announcement by the company since its bankruptcy — also advised those who wanted a refund to submit a proof of claim.
Earlier in the month, women across the country took to Twitter to provide support to panicked brides, offering to loan their wedding dresses to those left dress-less.
Other bridal companies also capitalized on the chaos. David’s Bridal said on its website that it would take 30% off wedding dresses and 20% off bridesmaid dresses for Alfred Angelo customers who did not receive their order. And The Bridal Boutique of Naperville, Ill. tweeted an offer for 20% off wedding apparel for affected brides.
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