A Bridal Chain Closes. Scrambling Ensues.
These Bridezillas have a legitimate excuse.
The reason is this: Alfred Angelo has abruptly closed his more than 60 weddings shops Wednesday, leaving brides of the race to see if they could get the dresses they had commissioned. On Friday, the company filed for bankruptcy.
The closures have added an element of panic in a wedding process often filled with stress and brides and bridesmaids shared their exasperation on Twitter and Facebook.
They rushed to determine the status of their orders and store employees were tempted to explain the situation.
Cyndi Whitten Houston, whose daughter asked for a $ 1500 Alfred Angelo dress for her wedding in October, said:
“It has become the hardest and most stressful part of all. I just wanted to sit there and burst into tears because the easy part of your daughter’s wedding is not so easy.”
The company, which opened in 1933, did not respond to phone calls and emails for comment. Patricia Redmond, a lawyer representing Alfred Angelo, did not respond to a phone call.
In a letter to clients obtained by The New York Times, Mrs. Redmond wrote that the company “encourage” the trustee to “finish and fulfill as many orders as possible.”
“The company regrets that this action has a dramatic impact on you,” said Mrs. Redmond in the letter.
Despite the tumult after the closure Alfred Angelo said nothing about the situation publicly.
Some clients have noticed that the company had closed its doors after finding signs placed in the closed doors.
A privately held Delray Beach, Florida-based Alfred Angelo gown sold its 1,400 other retailers, in addition to operating its own stores, according to its website.
Like other leather goods companies, they faced the pressure of creating bridal fashion and traditional retailers pushing prices down. In its bankruptcy filing, the company said it had no more than $ 50,000 in assets, but more than $ 50 million in liabilities.
Competitors were quick to capitalize on the demise of the company. David’s Bride has offered discounts to Alfred Angelo’s customers if they can show a store receipt, and free changes.
The failure of Alfred Angelo Pacifico brought Alex and his colleagues into the company’s leather store near Dayton, Ohio, to spend Thursday on guerrilla career courses.
They struggled to get the clothed customers they had commissioned and were told to customers to take samples they had on hand.
However, other members of his girlfriends and weddings were not so lucky.
Christine Danielle, who also lives in Houston, ordered a bridal retailer dressed in May to wear a wedding. As of Friday afternoon, she could not determine what the $ 195 dress was.
“There are no changing rooms, no refunds,” Danielle said.
With the brides, the Alfred Angelo employees were also left out. Pacific fears of not being paid for the hours worked this week and will lose their sales commissions.