Dozens of brides who ordered their dream wedding gown from a glamorous former mannequin’s boutique are livid after their clothes by no means arrived – and are nonetheless ready for refunds.
It’s alleged that Abigail’s Leeds Bridal Boutique, based by Lauren Stanley, 26, deserted as much as 50 brides, generally simply days earlier than their wedding.
Lauren, who featured on the duvet of Playboy and has additionally featured in different magazines like FHM, has introduced brides to tears and, in some instances, pulled a whole bunch of kilos out of their pockets, they declare.
Future bride Bianca Esterine, 28, ordered a £ 1,300 Stella York gown from the shop to put on when she marries her accomplice Jessica Richards subsequent 12 months.
However after contacting the gown designer immediately, she was informed that she had not acquired an order from the shop regardless of having deposited a deposit of 586 kilos with Abigail, which she has now misplaced.
Dozens of brides who ordered their dream wedding gown from Abigail’s Bridal Boutique in Leeds, based by Lauren Stanley, 26, are livid after their clothes by no means arrived – and so they’re nonetheless ready for refunds
Bianca stated, “I cherished the gown once I tried it on in Abigail’s boutique.
“It was agreed that I might pay the remaining in installments of £ 77.26 by our wedding subsequent September.
“I used to be thrilled that I discovered the gown I actually wished and that I had a simple cost plan.
“However in October I acquired a textual content message telling me that the shop had modified their checking account, which appeared unusual and suspicious, however I did not wish to lose the gown so I paid for it as requested.
Lauren, who featured on the duvet of Playboy and has additionally featured in different magazines like FHM, has introduced brides to tears and, in some instances, pulled a whole bunch of kilos out of their pockets, they declare
“Whereas doing this I stored attempting to contact the store and seen some actually unfavourable feedback on the Fb web page, which was then eliminated.
“The group turned conscious of the group by way of feedback from different brides on social media – however by then I had paid £ 586 through financial institution switch that I can not get again.
“After I contacted the gown designer immediately, they stated they hadn’t acquired Abigail’s bride’s order for me.”
Stella York wrote to Bianca to tell her that Abigail’s Bridal was not a certified retailer and that they might be sending her to a different retailer to satisfy her order.
Future bride Bianca Esterine, 28, ordered a £ 1,300 Stella York gown from the shop to put on when she marries her accomplice Jessica Richards subsequent 12 months
Bianca stated, “It was a shock to find that the gown I believed I might get has by no means been ordered. Noticed one other one I like, however I’ve bought £ 586 out of my pocket and do not know pay for it.
For lawyer Carrie Pearson, 37, the issue wasn’t her personal gown; as a substitute, the seven bridesmaid clothes she found had by no means been ordered.
Carrie stated three clothes have been ordered in 2019 for her wedding, which was as a result of happen in April 2020, however was canceled as a result of Covid.
By August of this 12 months, she and her accomplice have been in a position to reorganize their canceled wedding, by which period their bridal bathe had grown to seven.
Nonetheless, Carrie stated the unique three clothes weren’t within the retailer as anticipated when she returned, and he or she contacted Dessy – who confirmed they hadn’t acquired the order.
Bianca stated she was “shocked” to find that the gown she thought she bought from the wedding store had by no means been ordered (pictured proper, together with her accomplice Jessica).
Bianca stated she has now seen one other gown she likes, however after dropping 586 kilos she does not know pay for it
In the long run, Carrie ordered all seven clothes immediately from the designer.
She stated, “The wedding was imminent and I simply needed to pay for the entire clothes, with Abigail agreeing to reimburse me for the unique clothes £ 1,500.
“That was agreed in August and it nonetheless hasn’t arrived, I ponder now if it ever will, given different individuals’s experiences.
“Even after ordering them immediately from the designer, I used to be nonetheless informed by Abigail that the garments could be arriving at her retailer quickly, which I knew was mistaken.”
Lynette Procter, 50, was livid that 5 appointments for her daughter Ashleigh Sheppard, 26, have been canceled for her last gown modifications at Abigail.
Lynette Procter, 50, was livid that 5 appointments for her daughter Ashleigh Sheppard, 26, have been canceled for her last gown modifications at Abigail (left). For 37-year-old lawyer Carrie Pearson, the issue wasn’t her personal gown; as a substitute, the seven bridesmaid clothes she found had by no means been ordered (proper)
She said that they have been compelled to pay one other seamstress and so they have been promised a £ 300 refund by Lauren Stanley’s boutique that was not paid.
She stated, “We acquired apology after apology as to why the appointments have been canceled, together with the truth that her seamstress had Covid which we knew she was mistaken as a result of we requested her.
“The wedding day was getting nearer and Ashleigh’s gown was removed from completed.
“It was extremely hectic and offended for Ashleigh and for me. All through all of the stress she fell in love with the gown and it solid a shadow over her huge day that’s heartbreaking.
“The final message I acquired from Abigail on October 18 was that their checking account had been ‘blocked’ so they might not ship or obtain any funds. I’ve no confidence that I’ll ever see this cash. ‘
Cathy Hateley, 44, who runs her personal bridal boutique, turned conscious of the brides’ plight when she began doing enterprise with Ms. Stanley’s enterprise final 12 months.
Mannequin Lauren, who has over 60,000 followers on Instagram, stated Covid and the lockdown have been answerable for the tough buying and selling situations
She stated, “I turned very suspicious of her manner of doing enterprise, and once I appeared extra carefully I discovered that dozens of offended girls had misplaced.
“These are individuals making ready for the best day of their lives and so they have been heartbroken as a result of the gown they put their hearts on and imagined strolling down the aisle simply did not materialize.
“In some instances, brides found this inside just a few days of their wedding.
“We began a gaggle that’s getting greater every single day. It has 52 individuals in it up to now and all of them have a grievance in opposition to Lauren Stanley and her enterprise. ‘
Cathy trades in ex-sample wedding clothes – these beforehand tried on by future brides – and agreed to purchase some from Abigail’s boutique.
At first enterprise began nicely, however then Cathy discovered that the clothes she had ordered weren’t exhibiting up.
She stated, “I did not wish to chew the hand that was feeding me, so I did not say something at first, however then increasingly more garments did not present up as promised.
“At one level I used to be owed £ 2,000 and 21 clothes, however each time I referred to as the shop I bought a distinct individual and I may by no means attain Lauren.
“I presently owe six clothes and name the shop 5 to 10 occasions a day, however get no reply.”
Nonetheless, Lauren has struck again, blaming Covid lockdowns, which have decimated the funds of the wedding trade, for her money movement troubles
The brides have organized an advocacy group to push for refunds and warn different potential clients to not use Abigail’s bridal boutique in Leeds.
Lauren has struck again, nonetheless – blaming Covid lockdowns which have decimated the funds of these within the wedding sector for his or her money movement issues and insists she works flat out to satisfy orders and ensure no buyer loses money.
Lauren stated Covid and the lockdown have been answerable for the tough buying and selling situations.
She informed MailOnline: “Covid has introduced many small companies, together with us, to the brink. We did not get any assist from the federal government.
“Nonetheless, we’re open to fixing issues for our clients as a result of now we have an obligation of care.
The mannequin who posed for Playboy informed MailOnline that her store had been “closed for months” due to Covid
“We’ve been closed for months however the payments have but to be paid and now we have had supply issues since opening.
‘Nonetheless, we concentrate on staying open and serving our clients in the very best manner as a result of now we have an obligation of care.’
She stated she was unwilling to talk up because the state of affairs prompted her despair and sickness.
Regardless of this assurance, the dissatisfied clients within the group stay sharply vital – they are saying the shop should not have taken any extra orders, they don’t have any hope of assembly, and so they scream to get their a refund.