Meet the team

Congratulations Corrie

Corrie Belardinelli

Owner

Helen Ainson store in Darien

Following my time as the general manager of the store for the past 16 years, I have received the great honor of becoming the new owner of Helen Ainson.

After graduating college with a fashion merchandising degree, I began working in corporate retail for many years until I found my place at Helen Ainson. It was here that I was given the opportunity to be close to my family, raise my two sons and discover all that Darien has to offer. Since then, it feels as though I have not worked a single day. Making our clients feel and look as beautiful as they are has been an honor. When filling the store with our beautiful merchandise, I enjoy sharing my love of fashion with our clients. Seeing them as excited as I am about the clothing is a rewarding feeling.

The community here at Helen Ainson is unlike any I have ever seen. Throughout the years I have made so many incredible friends, as well as a network of fabulous clients, manufacturers and employees. I am extremely grateful for all who make Helen Ainson the wonderful place that it is and with my amazing team, I never have to doubt that the reputation of our store always exceeds expectations.

There is a misconception that Helen Ainson only sells mother of the bride gowns and cocktail dresses but we are so much more than that! When people walk in the door looking to find the perfect dress, they often leave with the discovery of their new favorite place. Whether you are looking to revamp your spring or fall casual wardrobe, or need all of your bases covered for your special event, there is only one place you need to look! We offer a one-stop-shopping experience for any of your special occasions or every-day needs. Our team has an extensive knowledge of evening-wear, gowns and cocktail dresses, casual wear, lingerie and accessories. In addition to our brick and mortar store, we reach clients all over the country through our website, Helenainson.com.

It would not be possible for me to celebrate this accomplishment without mentioning the support I have received from my husband of over 27 years, Barry, my two sons, and my cherished friends and family. I am honored to continue the legacy of Erica Jensen and her mother, Helen Ainson who founded the company in 1948. Helen Ainson has been a beloved East coast staple for the past 45 years and I am excited to see where the future takes us!

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Meet Our Professional Stylists/Fashion Consultants

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Suzanne Griffin

Sales Manager

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!”

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Donna Richmond

Merchandiser and Assistant Buyer

Donna has worked in the wholesale apparel industry dealing with better specialty stores for over 30 years.  Understanding the needs of these stores provides her with the insight of what the customers are looking for.

She merchandised the collections she worked for and now merchandises the store which is one of her many passions. Another is to help women dress and feel fabulous about themselves.

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Holly

Assistant Manager

My ultimate goal is to continue expanding Helen Ainson with our team including all elements of the store operations, client experience, and marketing strategies.

The biggest achievement in my professional roles has been the transition from Retail Management to Director/ General Manager of Spa’s and Health Clubs as well as managing multi departments in hospitality in a hotel.

The personal aspect that I will share about me while I am out of the store is that I am a proud Mom of two daughters and 3 amazing Grand children. My fiancé completes my life.

I am happy to be a part of one of the most dynamic teams I have ever experienced working here at Helen Ainson.

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Jess

Stockroom Manager

Hello, My name is Jess and I am the stockroom manager. I’ve been with Helen Ainson for 8 months and I’m happy to be surrounded by amazing women who are all fabulous and filled with determination to make our clients feel welcomed and loved. I am passionate about animals, baking, and being my own stylist.

I receive shipments from our manufacturers, answer the phone and reach out to our clients. My passion for what I do grows every day as I get to experience wonderful interactions with our clients. Helen Ainson is more than a team, we are a family that love to help women feel great in what they wear.

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Sophia Lindsay

Stockroom Manager

Sophia Lindsay, Stockroom Manager, has been working at Helen Ainson for six years. She started back when she was sixteen and since then has graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences.

She is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University.

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