- GapInc.-owned Weddington Way sent an email to customers on Monday confirming that it had wound down all operations.
- The store follows in the footsteps of J.Crew, which retreated from bridalwear in 2016 amid flagging sales.
- We put together a list of brands offering bridesmaid dresses that cost between $US68 and $US328.
Weddington Way has officially closed.
On Monday, the Gap-owned bridesmaid-dress retailer sent an email to customers confirming that it had wound down all operations besides its customer-service platform, which will be available for the next month.
Weddington Way sold bridesmaid dresses and bridal accessories online, in 13 US test stores, and in some Banana Republic stores. It sought to capitalise on the casualization of the bridalwear industry by offering ready-to-wear designs in regular sizes that didn’t require alterations.
The company launched in 2011 and was acquired by Gap Inc. in 2016.
Weddington Way follows in the footsteps of one of its competitors, J.Crew, which retreated from bridalwear in 2016 amid flagging sales.
A spokesperson for Gap told Retail Dive in an email in April: “While the business is performing well, we determined that Weddington Way would take time to scale in an impactful way for Gap Inc.”
In September 2017, the company outlined its long-term growth strategy for its brands. It said that it is expecting Old Navy and Athleta to exceed $US10 billion and $US1 billion in net sales, respectively, in the next few years, and it will be looking to grow these areas of the business.
The departure of Weddington Way has left many fans wondering where to shop for affordable bridesmaid dresses now. We put together a list of brands offering dresses that cost between $US68 and $US328. Forever 21 was the cheapest brand overall:
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