Since Alfred Angelo's sudden closing and bankruptcy claims, brides-to-be have been waiting in limbo to see if their dream dresses, the ones they paid for, will be ready in time for their weddings. While there have been stories of people stepping in to help the women affected by the situation, like one seamstress who offered to alter remaining dresses pro bono, the store has ultimately made the decision not to fulfill customer orders.
On Thursday, the Alfred Angelo corporation finally responded to the ordeal in it's first public statement since filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in July. The statement reads:
"The Chapter 7 Trustee greatly regrets the upset that Alfred Angelo's July 14th bankruptcy filing has caused its customers. While we have been successful in obtaining customer records and delivering many dresses and accessories for customers all over the country, even after the bankruptcy filing date, it has now become apparent that the logistical and financial strain of fulfilling each and every open order makes continuing that course of action no longer possible.”
"Thus,” the statement added, “to the extent any order has not been fully delivered to a customer, it shall have to remain unfilled."
The company added a link to complete a proof of claim form for customers who believe the store owes them money (which we're guessing will be a lot of them.)
Neither the customers nor the employees of Alfred Angelo were given any warning about the store's sudden closure. However, individuals and companies alike have come together to help support the brides in need after the disaster. David's Bridal is offering deals for brides whose orders were unfulfilled or who paid and never received their dresses.