Brides Riot Against Yonkers Dressmaker

YONKERS (CBS) — You’ve heard about wedding dress disasters, but this puts them all to shame.

There was a very public display of anger and outrage on the streets of Yonkers Tuesday, as a group of disgruntled brides-to-be wanted answers from a woman they say scammed them out of thousands of dollars.

There was screaming on the sidewalk, accusations of assault and calls to police as women paraded by the Lily Fleur Wedding Dress Shop, demanding their dresses or their money back.

“You should be ashamed of yourself!” a woman screamed at Michelle Mears, the owner of Lily Fleur.

Neighboring businesses say the shop opened in April. On Tuesday, a number of unhappy brides confronted the owner face to face.

In fact, there were more than a dozen angry women confronting owner Michelle Mears, furious over dresses they paid thousands of dollars for – but never received.

And State Sen. Jeffrey Klein said this isn’t the first time. According to him, Mears has done this several times over the past couple of years, taking the deposits of clients, then abruptly closing up shop before delivering their dresses – only to re-open in another location, under another name.

Sula Lobue says she got suckered into the scam back in 2008, when she paid more than $2000 wore a dress that she called “unwearable.”

“I refused to take the dress because it wasn’t what I ordered,” Lobue said. “It was horrible, there were strings hanging from it, it looked like it was falling apart.”

Hours after this latest confrontation, Mears agreed to sit down with CBS 2 in her shop and give us her side of the story.

About Lobue’s dress, she said it was simply a matter of disappointment on the part of the bride.

“She did not like it once it was done,” Mears said. “But that’s a chance you have to take.”

Of the dozens of brides outside her ship, Mears said they changed their minds at the last minute, and the orders had already been placed.

“They may not have liked the fact that they were held to their contract, they may not have liked the fact that we didn’t throw things in free,” Mears said. “I mean a lot of these girls have an unfair sense of entitlement because they’re getting married, that everything should be given to them, but this is a living for us.”

After confronting Mears in person — some of the brides were able to walk away with what they felt they deserved – but others are still fighting.

In fact, several of the brides have won legal lawsuits against Mears, which she says she doesn’t know anything about. She says she is not leaving and urges any unhappy customers to walking into the shop and deal with her directly.

Senator Klein has turned the case over to the Westchester County district attorney and attorney general for investigation.

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  • Marica Sellers

    Easily, the article is in reality the sweetest on this deserving topic.

  • Lisa Garson

    The fact is that many whom made allegations were deposed by her lawyer, this Kevin Duffy in Connecticut and my friend was suppeona for this story that was about Michelle Mears , and many people and companies, including media are now being sued for slander, libel and character assignation. My friend was frustrated and admitted to jumping in this riot, just to get out of dress contract. The story is that another bride made this whole story and that it was a vendetta by the same bride whom worked at the Bronx Reporter, and channel 2 and other family in the media. This same bride made a blog to contact all these people and got the senator involved as when, before he was a senator represented this bride in a lawsuit for personal injury, my friend is a paralegal and her boss and firm found this out. Many think she will get tens of thousands of dollars if not millions for this mess.

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  • Samantha

    The bridal store is located in the Bronx.
    Lily Fleur
    3188 Philip Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10465

    Previous Bridal Stores: Le Bella Couture in Dobbs Ferry, Alexa Bridal in Yonkers, My Belle Boutique in Yonkers – two different locations

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