Strangers Are Offering a Fashion Assist to Panicked Alfred Angelo Brides
The popular bridal shop closed more than 60 of its stores after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week, leaving customers in limbo.
It's every bride's worst nightmare. Or, one of their worst nightmares, at least.
Popular wedding dress retailer Alfred Angelo abruptly shuttered more than 60 stores last Thursday after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 14, leaving hundreds of brides to wonder whether their orders would be fulfilled, refunded or completely scrapped altogether.
The company had little information to offer anxious brides, offering only the following message on its website:
"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 website as it becomes available. We apologize for the inconvenience." According to the Miami Herald, the company's bankruptcy lawyer has already received more than 7,000 emails.
Cue Twitter. Several users have tweeted their support for the "Alfred Angelo victims," by posting photos of their own used wedding gowns with the hashtag "#dressmatchmaker" and asking distressed brides to reach out if they are the same size and height.
Will send my Alfredo Angelo # 7403L, Size 2, Tea Rose to someone who lost theirs re: bankruptcy 4 ship cost. Proof asked for. #alfredangelo— D. D. Falvo (@DDFalvo) July 18, 2017
According to the The New York Times, Alfred Angelo was more than $50 million in debt before they made the decision to close their stores and liquidate their assets.
In addition to generous brides, several other wedding dress retailers including David's Bridal and Beautiful Bride are offering discounts and special services to those brides affected by the closures.