After leaving the bride disappointed on her big day and upsetting a lot of people on the Internet who read the story, Lagos-based fashion designer, Maryam Elisha of ‘Rikaoto by me’ has reacted on the bride’s claim. The womenswear fashion brand issued an apology to the bride, explaining that there was a dispatch error during the delivery of a dress. The designer also affirmed that ‘both dresses were of the same style, the same color (red) and almost the same measurement.’
She released the statement via the brand’s official Instagram account:
“Our attention has been drawn to the ongoing chaos surrounding a dress and one of our esteemed clients on Instagram and possibly on other blogs and social media sites. . . .
We would have preferred if this matter was addressed directly to us for a quick resolution and to avoid the media frenzy, but unfortunately it wasn’t.
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We hold our clients dearly and offer our services on first come first served bases with no iota of discrimination or insinuation of such.
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We admit that a dispatch error occurred in the delivery of a dress to Miss Lawrentta, who was set to get married on the 30th December, 2017 and the pick up of another dress on behalf of actress, Mercy Aigbe. . . .
Please note that both dresses were of the same style, the same colour (red) and almost the same measurement.
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On realising the error on dispatch, we quickly tried to rectify the mix up. But it was too late as the wrong dress was already on its way to Edo state for the bride to be.
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We contacted the bride and explained we had an issue and asked if she would be comfortable with another dress, of same kind (which was the one meant for Mercy Aigbe), the bride agreed, so we allowed the dress to be delivered as time to recall dispatch was short in relation to the time of the wedding.
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We have already apologised to Miss Lawrentta, but once again use the public fora to tender an unreserved apology to her and by extension to Mercy Aigbe who shouldnt have been dragged into this.
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We assure all our clients, past and future that our resolve to deliver top notch designs to clients within the country and beyond will not be compromised and the error that led to this unhappy situation has since been corrected. Thank you.”
Maryam Elisha was strongly criticised for selling a dress meant for a bride to actress Mercy Aigbe, who obviously wore the dress for her 40th birthday yesterday while the bride was told the dress was missing which left her completely teary-eyed on her wedding day. The designer decided to issue the apology after she came under fire shortly after the bride’s claim hit the net. Social media users bashed the designer for being wicked and insensitive, and even after the apologies, tons of condemnations are still pouring on her ‘Gram.