As long as she can remember, Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s Distinctive European Fashions, has been involved in the fashion industry. As a little girl, she helped her mother, Hilda, sell hankies and other high-end items at her fashion boutique. After graduating college, Marilyn returned to her mother’s shop and learned many valuable lessons. With an urge to further her career and a talent for marketing, Marilyn moved on to work in corporate America, but didn’t stay long. After years of dreaming about luxury couture, she became a consultant and buyer for a high-end boutique outside of Chicago. For fifteen years, Marilyn frequently traveled to Europe to seek out exclusive designer collections.
Four years ago, with a passion for European style and an incredible understanding of the European designer culture, Marilyn followed her dream and opened a shop that would redefine the way women dress in sunny Southwest Florida.
In those four short years since the original Marilyn’s location opened, the clientele has increased exponentially and the need for more space became even more evident.
With a new shop that is three times the previous location’s size and even more charming, inimitable, and functional, Marilyn has taken on her biggest challenge to date. But, as Marilyn always says, “let the real fun begin!”
For more information about Marilyn’s Distinctive European Fashions, call 239.206.4460.