‘Dress-less’ brides wait for re­funds

Al­fred An­gelo bankruptcy not yet set­tled

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Money - By Mar­cia Her­oux Pounds Staff writer

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

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