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The Vampire's Wife faces winding up petition from HMRC

Lauretta Roberts
30 June 2023

The Vampire's Wife, the luxury fashion brand best known for its gothic-inspired dresses, faces a winding up petition from HMRC. 

A court date for the petition has been set for 12 July 2023 at 10.30am, according to record placed in journal of record The Gazette today.

Founded by model Susie Cave in 2015, the brand is best known for its Falconetti mid-length dress, which has been seen on countless celebrities. It is sold via its own website and many upscale multi brand retailers including Matches, Browns and Harrods. In 2020 the brand collaborated with global fashion giant H&M.

The Princess of Wales wore the Falconetti dress in green for an official portrait painted by artist Jamie Coreth last year to mark the tenth anniversary of her wedding to the Prince of Wales.

A company statement confirmed the winding up order and said it had come as a result of debt built up during the pandemic and claimed it had been issued without warning, following a delayed tax payment from earlier this year.

The company claimed that HMRC has rejected its request for a Time To Pay Arrangement, to allow it to pay back the debt over an agreed timeframe.

In its statement, the company said it was working with its secured lender "to find a solution agreeable to all parties". It added: "The Vampire's Wife will continue to trade and remain open at this time and we thank our friends and clients for their support."

Having been loss-making during the pandemic, The Vampire's Wife is said to be back in profit and is forecasting sales of £6.6 million in the present financial year.

Main image: @thevampireswife Instagram.

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