Alfred Angelo files for bankruptcy leaving brides-to-be without their dresses

With weddings approaching, brides-to-be who trusted Alfred Angelo Bridal with their dresses were frustrated when the company filed for bankruptcy on Friday afternoon and closed all of its stores.

Aaron Kusher was angry when he showed up to the Sunrise store looking for an explanation for his bride-to-be who found her dream dress at Alfred Angelo. The back was sheer and it had a church train. 

“If I had a match, I would burn the store down in a second,” Kusher said. 

Patricia Redmond, a lawyer for Stearns Weaver Miller, helped the Delray Beach-based national chain to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Florida. Kusher was with his mom, Mindy Kusher, who wanted an explanation. 

“How could a bridal store not notify their brides?”

It was a question that brides who trusted Alfred Angelo Bridal were asking nationwide. The company has 60 signature stores and also sold dresses at 1,400 locations worldwide.

Company employees said they didn’t know anything about the plans until this week. Many stores closed on Thursday without giving any warning to the brides.

Redmond told USA Today that the company would work to fulfill all orders that had already been purchased from Alfred Angelo and said that some of the dresses were sent by mail before the closures. 

“It typically always gets better after the bankruptcy filing for customers who have goods that have already been purchased,” Redmond said.

The company also intends to help customers with a list of seamstresses for alterations. A few bridal retailers, including David’s Bridal, offered discounts to Alfred Angelo customers with valid receipts. 

The company debuted their Truly Yours bridal collection in March at the National Bridal Market in Chicago. It was supposed to be available beginning in the fall. They were also planning the release of the Bella Vita collection in 2018. 

They were also marketing their Signature and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, Sapphire and Modern Vintage collections. 

Records show Janet Hoyt of Deerfield Beach filed a lawsuit against the company earlier this year claiming it had committed Americans with Disabilities violations. The law prohibits discrimination based on disabilities. The case closed in June after a settlement for an undisclosed amount. 

Alfred Angelo was looking for a buyer and when they couldn’t find one, they decided to close without warning their employees or customers. With so many unhappy, the Better Business Bureau was getting involved. 

None of the explanations were enough for Jessica Ringler, who ordered a Disney Belle dress in Coral Gables. When no one answered her questions, she was emotional. 

“I don’t have another $2,500,” Rindler said in tears.  

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David’s Bridal steps in to help brides panicked by Alfred Angelo closures

David’s Bridal is helping out brides who are in a panic after Alfred Angelo unexpectedly closed its stores on Thursday.

“We know how much goes into planning a wedding, and we want to ensure that everyone affected by this news can still have the day of their dreams,” David’s Bridal posted on its website. “If you recently purchased a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress from an Alfred Angelo retail store and did not receive it, we are offering a discount on a replacement dress of your choice.”

Customers can visit any David’s Bridal in the U.S. to receive the discount as long as they have their receipt from Alfred Angelo.

“The wedding day is the most important day of a woman’s life, and this can certainly upset the bride,” Laura Arango, store manager of the David’s Bridal in Coral Gables, said. 

The bridal retailer is offering 30 percent off wedding dresses, 20 percent off bridesmaid dresses and is offering to waive rush fees for alterations needed to meet event dates.

The discount includes current promotions and clearance prices.

Employees were spotted leaving Alfred Angelo’s corporate headquarters this week in Delray Beach with boxes.

A woman, who did not want to be named, told Local 10 News on Thursday that she had to rush to pick up her bridal party dress before the store she purchased it from closed.

“They called me. I’m in this wedding, and they said if you want the dress for the wedding, you have to come today, because the store is closing, and we just found out today. All the employees found out today,” she said.

Alfred Angelo Piccione and Edythe Vincent Piccione co-founded the company in 1933 and sold their dresses and merchandise at 4,000 retailers worldwide. The company was running about 60 Alfred Angelo Bridal Signature stores in the U.S.

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