Beleaguered popular bridal retailer Alfred Angelo confirmed it’s filed for bankruptcy in its first statement since shuttering stores nationwide last Thursday, July 13.
The formal announcement, which appeared on the store’s website on Monday, July 17, included some information about currently unfulfilled orders, though no direct answers were given.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post additional information regarding the status of dresses on this web-site as it becomes available.”
The company concluded, “We apologize of the inconvenience and hardship resulting from this event. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.”
As previously reported, some brides were fortunate enough to have picked up their wedding gowns before various locations ceased all operations on Thursday night. However, for those currently grappling with next steps, the bridal community has been overwhelmingly responsive in offering up services, discounts and solutions. See more on The Knot Facebook page.
Brideside, one of Alfred Angelo’s largest retailers, responded to the situation this weekend by offering up other designer discounts and free rush options for those affected by the bankruptcy. Other national and local retailers, including David’s Bridal, are including discounts for Alfred Angelo brides who are left without dresses.
Brides aren’t the only ones grappling with the sudden shuttering of stores. Bridesmaids impacted by the bankruptcy can find alternative options with discounts, including bridesmaid rental service Vow To Be Chic, which is offering a 10 percent discount with promo code VOWTOHELP10 to wedding parties affected by the crisis. Vow To Be Chic has over 10,000 designer dresses (think, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Yoo and Nouvelle Amsale) in stock. Rentals start at $50, and all bridesmaids pieces can be rented for under $100.
A Facebook group has also formed with a thousand-plus members to date around the closing. Former and current brides and bridesmaids looking for dress swaps can consult within the closed group to see if their styles are available from those extending help.
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