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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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!