Alfred Angelo is Closing ALL Its Stores. Here’s What Brides Need to Know

UPDATE: An official statement was posted on the Alfred Angelo website this week. The full statement is below:

“Alfred Angelo filed for bankruptcy on July 14, 2017,” the statement read. “As a result, all stores and wholesalers are closed. Margaret Smith was appointed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee. If you wish to be contacted regarding your order status once information is available, please send an email to alfredangelo@mjstrustee.com. We will post additional information regarding the status of dresses on this web-site as it becomes available.”

We apologize of the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.”

And there you go! Hmm. Not exactly the answer we were hoping for. Read our original story, below! 

Wow. We were shocked to hear the news today that Alfred Angelo, one of the most popular wedding dress retailers, had abruptly closed ALL of their stores and filed for bankruptcy liquidation.

According to the Wall Street Journal, employees had no notice about the closure until Thursday morning, when they were simply told to lock up the stores and drop off the keys.

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Now brides are stuck wondering what to do if they bought an Alfred Angelo wedding dress or bridesmaid dress and haven’t received it. If you are a bride who has ordered apparel from an Alfred Angelo store and do not have it in your possession, I would immediately call your bank and/or credit company you put the charge on and tell them what happened. They might be able to work with you to reverse the charges.

These stores are all offering discounts to Alfred Angelo brides. 

Is there anybody else you can contact? Well, a now former employee posted a great piece on Reddit about the closing and what she experienced. You can read the full piece here. An excerpt is below. She recommends that brides reach out to this e-mail, predmond [at] stearnsweaver.com with more information, which we believe is the e-mail address for the law firm, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, handling the retailer’s bankruptcy case. It’s truly awful that a company would do this without letting brides know what to do next. I am sure there will be a major lawsuit from brides affected by this forthcoming.

“I’ve seen many people commenting on how horrible the store employees are. We were cursed at, yelled at, and called plenty of names all day long. Please understand that this was not any store employees fault. We were just as in shock as our customers. And I get that many people are out a lot of money, but please understand that we are also out of jobs. Many people, including me, had this job to support a family. So if you’re going to be mad (which I 100% understand being mad because I surely am) please please please be mad corporate and not at us. We were told we were not allowed to tell our customers today that we are permanently closing (corporate flat out told us to lie to everyone so we “weren’t liable”) but we did it anyway because we were not going to be the ones to lie. We also found out that corporate had filed for bankruptcy at the beginning of this sample sale, but never told anyone. Oh, and the reason the phones were not being answered is because the managers were told that since we were out of business and officially closed, we cannot answer phones. We wanted to, we just weren’t allowed.

To all the brides and bridesmaids and mother of the brides/groom that cannot get their items–I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart. I hope you can find your perfect dress.

I’m not sure if they will actually respond or if anything will get solved, but corporate did give us an email to give to people. So if you need any items or a refund, please email predmond@stearnsweaver.com.”

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If you are a bride who has been affected by this, let us know in the comments section. Wishing all the store’s employees and customers an ending happier than this one. I would love to see more retailers like David’s Bridal come in to support the brides as well!

7 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    My Heart goes out to all of you. I heard Davids Bridal is willing to help. I would give them a call.

  • Rachel says:

    This is so sad. I married my husband in an Alfred Angelo dress just last August. My dress was so gorgeous and fine quality for such a reasonable price, and my bridal party looked amazing in their dresses. The employees treated us like royalty. We really loved the whole Beverly Hills team. I with them and all the affected brides the best. I think we can all agree that corporate messed this up and should be held 100% responsible.

  • Dana Shead says:

    Yes my daughter found her perfect dress in April (2017). We put a $600.00 down payment on this dress. It was suppose to be ordered and we were told it would arrive early September. The wedding is scheduled for Dec 9. Finding this out has put so much emotional and financial stress on my daughter and myself. (Due to me being disabled and on a fixed monthly income). Everywhere you call they say it will take 14-18 weeks to get a dress in. So upset and frustrated!

  • Megan says:

    They took my money and I didn’t get me dream dress. I am devastated. My heart is broke…

  • Natasha says:

    I ordered my dress from them in May, wish I knew what to do next!

  • Linda Carter says:

    Hi ,I was supposed to get my dress from Alfred Angelo on July 28th, I was told it will ship to my house by that date. I am hopeful but doubtful this will happen. I have no idea what I am going to do. Thanks for trying to help.

  • Stephanie says:

    I have been affected by this… I have no idea if my dress is pending to be shipped, my dress was scheduled to be in with in the next week.

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