The abrupt collapse and bankruptcy filing of Alfred Angelo Bridal, which dashed the wedding gown dreams of thousands of brides, is a cautionary tale of a once-storied business that failed to change with the times.
Its Chapter 7 liquidation filing last month shocked many in the industry — the company was one of the nation’s largest wedding dress retailers and the stores were highly regarded. Alfred Angelo operated at least 60 locations in the U.S., and maintained stores in Canada, Europe and Japan. Its dresses were placed with 1,400 retailers worldwide.
But today, a load of 10,000 dresses worth $1.2 million are locked away in a warehouse in San Diego, subject to a lien for unpaid shipping charges, lawyers say. The dresses were aboard a boat from China when the company collapsed
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