Brides left without dresses after Alfred Angelo closing
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Thousands of brides are being left at the cash register with no dress in hand. It's all because the major bridal designer, Alfred Angelo, closed its stores nationwide, without warning any of its retailers.
Some of the independent retailers are here in northern Michigan, including Natalie’s Bridal and Tuxedo in Garfield Township.
The owner, Natalie Lang, was making calls to her customers most of the day on Friday, sharing the bad news that their gowns would not be coming in.
Lang has dozens of brides who will be affected by Alfred Angelo’s bankruptcy, and so will her business.
“The owners are going to take a financial hit one way or the other and with no help from Alfred Angelo and no explanation. I'm very I'm very upset how they did this,” said Lang.
Lang says she received no notice from the company and nobody will answer her calls.
The effect of this hit could cause her to lose more than $15,000 in bridal sales.
“If they have purchased an Alfred Angelo dress then obviously we are going to give them a choice of whatever we have in the store,” said Lang. “To make sure that they have something to go down the aisle in.”
Bay Bridal Boutique in Traverse City also carries the designer’s bridesmaid dresses.
“To my knowledge, Angelo Alfred has closed its doors,” said Donna McDonald, owner of Bay Bridal Boutique. “We have orders out there with them that have not been filled and we cannot get any answers to our questions from the company. It's a total shock.”
McDonald is now scrambling to find alternative bridesmaid dresses for her customers and says this could cost her $5,000 in sales.
“I have some girls his weddings that are in 40 some days with no bridesmaid dresses. So, all I can do is help them as much as I can,” said McDonald.
The Alfred Angelo has yet to release any official statement regarding their closing.