Erica, owner of Helen Ainson Store in Darien Connecticut, offers gorgeous clothing and superior customer service. Her mother, Helen Ainson, opened the first store in New York City in 1948 and later opened a store in Greenwich, Connecticut. Erica worked at the store during high school and college and then opened Helen Ainson in Darien, Connecticut in 1977. She built her company on the principles her mother taught her.
Over the years, Erica has hand-picked her staff of well-educated, professional stylists. Her team is highly trained in knowing how to outfit a woman for any occasion from head-to-toe. Each stylist shares Erica’s belief that one-on-one attention to each client is of the utmost importance.
As always, Erica takes enormous pride in Helen Ainson’s reputation as the most sought after resource for women’s special occasion attire, sportswear and accessories in the Northeast.
Erica is also very passionate about giving back to the Darien community. She ‘s involved with sponsorship of charitable community events, organizations and volunteering with the Darien Chamber of Commerce. She also hosts the Annual Toys For Tots Fashion Show and Toy Drive. This annual December event provides new toys for underprivileged children in the Fairfield County area.
Erica has also held a successful Breast Cancer Fundraiser at her store. This event benefits the Smilow Breast Health Center of Norwalk Hospital.
Meet Our Professional Stylists/Fashion Consultants
Sales Manager, Suzanne Griffin, has met many great designers and has traveled to New York City on buying trips for years. She has had an amazing journey. Suzanne has many years of training and experience behind her. This has given her great insight and understanding of how to dress clients to look fabulous no matter what the occasion. As Sales Manager, Suzanne has taken it upon herself to always remind the consultants that the sale is not what’s important. What’s important is that all of our clients not only love their outfit but feel great wearing it. “If we can do that, then I have done my job!”
Corrie Belardinelli, General Manager and Buyer for Helen Ainson has worked for the store for the past 13 years. She runs day to day operations. Corrie is a graduate of Teikyo Post University with a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Merchandising. After graduating, she went on to managing Multi Million dollar stores such as Ann Taylor, Victoria Secret and Banana Republic.
Helen Ainson is a high end fashion boutique. It is all about the personal customer service that you just don’t find today in the malls or online. We are here to service you as your fashion consultant and stylist.
Assistant Manager and Buyer
Assistant Manager and Buyer, Theresa LaBella has worked for Helen Ainson for 7 years. Starting as a trainee while attending High school. She later went on to college to study design. This helped her gain better insight and understanding of fabrics and fit. She can now use that along with her training to outfit our clients to look and feel beautiful from head to toe. Theresa also attends International Trade Shows and visits manufacturer showrooms which greatly expands her knowledge of fashion styles and trends.