Alfred Angelo bridal fashion house disclosed on its website that the company had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 14, shutting down about 60 Alfred Angelo stores worldwide and leaving independent bridal shops in the dark about whether the Alfred Angelo dresses those stores had ordered would arrive in time for late summer and fall weddings.
Law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson confirmed that "due to the confluence of various economic factors facing the Company, it has been unable to restructure and is left with no alternative but to liquidate under chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code."
The email from the team reads:
It is with an extremely heavy heart and a sadness that can not be expressed with words that I personally write to you all today on behalf of not just myself but of the entire Alfred Angelo UK team. We have all thoroughly enjoyed working with each and every one of you, as for all of us, this has never just been a job.
As a team we have unfortunately found out this devastating news with no prior notice and are just as shocked and saddened as I know you all are too.
Together with all of you, the UK division was a vibrant and successful business, really going from strength to strength so the news from the US head office has inevitably hit us all hard and for that I am truly very sorry.
We have been under contract to not discuss any part of this matter and can assure you that we have no additional information than what you are already receiving. We are all no longer employees of Alfred Angelo with immediate effect.
By now you will have received an email outlining the bankruptcy notification providing you with contact information for the trustees dealing with the outstanding orders.
It has been my absolute delight and pleasure to work with each and every one of you during my time at Alfred Angelo and I sincerely thank you for that.
Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with you all.
The Facebook group "Alfred Angelo Retailers" has been set up by Annabel Devlin of Belle of the Ball Bridals and Kelly Oram from Robertas for retailers to try to fulfill customers’ orders from the stock they have between them.
On Instagram and Twitter, women across the country have been using the hashtag #AlfredAngelo to offer a solution to distraught brides: Wear my dress.