Wedding mess as closed bridal store owes $772k

Anne Cardona poses for a picture at Bridal on Pulteney in Adelaide, where brides could try on wedding dresses before they were auctioned off. Picture: Matt Loxton

As well as consumers, gown designers, a seamstress and a marketing business are amongst creditors of Romeo Investments, trading as Bridal on Pulteney, according to documents lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

The report explained a decline in profits, larger than expected capital specifications and money tied up in a big number of sample attire have been amongst reasons for the store’s demise in February.

Perth-primarily based wedding day gown designer Zavana was amongst the worst strike, owed $seventeen,378, whilst Hong Kong-primarily based label San Patrick International Constrained is owed $4850.

Director Antonio Romeo listed himself as getting owed $266,500 whilst a Commonwealth Financial institution debt was secured for $399,977.

The report explained some creditors have been unlikely to obtain dollars back again. Mr Romeo was contacted for remark.

The report explained there was about $eighty one,000 worthy of of stock at the store, such as designer wedding day attire, which have been auctioned off on the web final thirty day period to support repay money owed.

Price ranges commenced as small as $fifteen, with hundreds of girls heading to the CBD store to consider on attire to place bids on.

None of the auctioned attire belonged to consumers.

Thriving bidders have been as far away as Britain, The Advertiser was advised.

In accordance to auctioneer Evans Clarke National’s internet site, amongst the gowns offered was a San Patrick gown, worthy of $2780, which offered for $185, whilst a Nicolina gown, worthy of $850, offered for $one hundred ten.

The most pricey was a Taylor gown, worthy of $3000, that 136 bidders fiercely fought for. It offered for $2050. The auctions shut on March three.

Further info has been asked for from Evans Clarke Nationwide about profits.

The award-successful bridal store went into liquidation final thirty day period, blaming hard retail conditions and leaving about 100 brides fearful they would not get their gown.

However, a seamstress and an staff have been tracking down orders for distraught brides so they would not be out-of-pocket and have their aspiration gowns for their significant working day.

Bridal on Pulteney operated for a ten years. However, Mr Romeo and Ms Alba Romeo owned it for a few many years prior to its closure.

Investigations into no matter if the business was trading bancrupt are ongoing.