Dozens of women have been left in the lurch after a bridal boutique went into financial collapse.
Without warning, devastated brides-to-be lost their deposits and found themselves without a dress after retailer Primrose & Finch shut up shop in New Zealand and Melbourne, Fairfax Media reports.
Seventy-nine women are reportedly affected, including at least 24 in Australia, after shelling out payments for dresses selling for as much as $5500. One affected customer’s wedding is as soon as August 27.
Angela Lawson told Fairfax Media she had chosen her dress because she wanted something really special.
“It was the only place I went. I wanted something vintage and couture and very special. This was my indulgence,” she said.
Instead she’ll be wearing a “plan B” dress on her big day.
“I didn’t believe this was happening,” she said.
The liquidator’s report states the business is AU$300,000 in debt, with money owing to landlords, brides, designers and tax authorities.
Employees have also come forward claiming they been left unpaid and described seeing poorly made dresses, samples being sold as the real deal, and even second-hand dresses resold as new, the NZ Herald reports.