After Alfred Angelo closed all of it’s 61 stores and is filing for bankruptcy, the lawyer working on the case said she has received “about 7,300 emails” since Thursday, just regarding that, and most of them are from customers that already paid for their reserved wedding dresses.
Some former brides decided to offer their dresses for free as a way to help to current brides that are now left without the dresses. And member station KKPC, located in Southern California is using the #dressmatchmaker hashtag to help orchestrating dress exchanges.
The lawyer, Patricia Ann Redmond said that here emails are on notices that were taped to the front doors of stores. She added she wanted it to be like this as she wants to be assured that evey customer get a response.
“I’ve been prioritizing them by the dates of their weddings,” Redmond said.
As wedding dates are getting closer and closer brides and the members of wedding parties started using Alfred Angelo’s Facebook page to try to retrieve dresses they have already paid. The best tips are the names and phones third-party dressmakers who’ve been working to alter dresses that could possibly join together dresses and their potential owners.
“Wow, I’m in a wedding in October and the bride and ALL the bridesmaids have already paid for their Alfred Angelo Bridal dresses,” Sara Cretser wrote on the Facebook page, “and now we are left with no dresses and no refund.”
Some customers said on the page that Alfred Angelo’s store in Tulsa was opened on Friday by the employees to help people get the dresses.
“I would like to say thank you to the staff at the Tulsa Oklahoma location, they didn’t have to be here today to take care of all the people that bought dresses,” Maegan Alyssa Fletcher wrote, adding that the employees aren’t likely to be paid for their work
Other people, who were not that lucky went to competitor and contracted credit card companies to try to claw back the money.
One of many bridesmaids that were left without dresses, Natalie Buck said to KPCC she got a reply form Visa, “They said that if the company doesn’t follow through then they will give me my money, and they will go after Alfred Angelo.”
Alfred Angelo company has been in business for some 80 years — but it has now filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, beside this, company’s headquarters are also the subject of an eviction lawsuit as reported by South Florida Business Journal