Meet the team

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Erica Jensen


Helen Ainson store in Darien

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. 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.


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!”


Corrie Belardinelli

General Manager and Buyer

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.


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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