‘Dress-less’ brides wait for refunds
Alfred Angelo bankruptcy not yet settled
Carolina Bove, who was married in March, is still out the $800 deposit for an off-white strapless wedding gown she ordered from Alfred Angelo, and never got to wear.
Well before her wedding, the national chain of bridal salons closed last July and filed for bankruptcy. Bove moved on, selecting another dress at David’s Bridal, where she and other out-of-luck Alfred Angelo brides were offered dresses at 40 percent discounts.
Now, one year after Alfred Angelo collapsed, its bankruptcy case drags on. The Delray Beach-based company was one of the nation’s largest wedding dress retailers, and its closure left thousands of disappointed brides, shuttered retail stores across the country, and left 300 to 400 employees without jobs.
The Chapter 7 liquidation case filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in West Palm Beach resulted in claims from creditors that are “north of $20 million,” according to West Palm Beach trustee Margaret Smith. She is handling the case with her lawyer, Brett Marks, of the Akerman law firm in Fort Lauderdale.
“We don’t have sufficient funds to pay creditors on their claims at this point,” they said in a joint email. As a result, they are considering suing the former owners and officers of Alfred Angelo to recover additional funds.
“We are investigating claims against the former owners and officers of the Alfred Angelo entities…claims will be pursued if appropriate,” Marks and Smith said.
The remnants of Alfred Angelo also include about eight wedding dresses and 10 bridesmaid dresses that still hang in the file room of Patricia Redmond, the Miami lawyer who represented Alfred Angelo in the bankruptcy proceeding.
“It’s my charge to give them to someone who needs them,” Redmond said. But don’t call her — she already has contacted a church in Little Haiti.
When Alfred Angelo suddenly closed its stores, brides scrambled to try to secure their ordered wedding dresses. Some were lucky, as