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4.9 Overall Satisfaction Rating

Based on 459 Ratings

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4.8 Average

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About Us

Recollections is your connection to history-inspired fashions. What was once a dream on a kitchen table has grown into an e-tail company with a global presence. Recollections was founded in 1981 in southern Michigan.

It quickly grew into a bricks-and-mortar retailer and mail order company specializing in wedding attire inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The original line consisted of dresses, skirts, blouses, petticoats, camisoles, and pantaloons.

Over the next 18 years, Recollections grew as a cottage industry. Operations moved to Hawks, a tiny picturesque community less than 10 miles from the shore of Lake Huron in Northeast Michigan. The company opened in the former Bismarck Township Hall, where operations continue to this day.

Why did Marianne move away from the hustle and bustle of the greater Detroit area to Northern Michigan? "Look around you! I never tire of the beauty and peacefulness of the area. We used to vacation in Rogers City in the summer when I was a teenager, so I was familiar with the area. I live in a log cabin in the woods less than 1/2 mile from Lake Huron, and the only noise I hear is the soothing sound of the waves rather than the noise of the traffic one hears downstate."

Recollections took the leap to e-tailing in 1999, long before many retailers. The online store featured three dozen products when the website was launched. Today, our online store offers nearly 1,000 garments and accessories from the Georgian/Regency, Victorian (including Civil War era and Old West), and Edwardian eras through the 1920s. We also feature a line of 1950s retro dresses.

Quality in design and construction, and a focus on customer service are the cornerstones of Recollections' foundation. Fabrics and embellishments are carefully selected to create the 'look' that is the hallmark of our clothing. We search until we find the quality fabrics, laces, trims, and accessories our customers expect.

Each garment is lovingly designed by Recollections' founder. Marianne is the creative energy behind the company. Her designs are then created, one at a time, by a network of seamstresses who are part of our extended family. Our models are lovely young women born and raised right here in our corner of Northern Michigan, except for Ola. She is from Ukraine and brings a unique perspective and sense of humor to the family.

Cheryl from Hats and Accessories by Cheryl designs and creates most of our hats. Cheryl and Marianne often work as a team so our hats perfectly complement our garments. Occasionally, they switch places. Instead of Cheryl designing a hat inspired by a garment, Marianne will design dress or ensemble inspired by one of Cheryl's hats. They make quite a team, collaborating and inspiring each other to the next level!

There are many others in our extended family, too. Sharon Meredith specializes in period appropriate hairstyles. Jennifer S. Adkins serves as our photographer and brings a keen sense of composition to each fashion shoot. Sue McDonald and Cheryl design accessories that are in sync our style. Our bloggers, social media, and website specialists, as well as those who provide assistance through customer service and sales are all part of our story.

Our talented and highly valued team is the reason we can offer the highest quality in history-inspired garments proudly made in America just for you!

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Elaine
Today

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"easy shopping clearly marked"

Why Recollections?

internet search. had the right period

Garment Choice

simple lines and lovely material

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Diane
1 day ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I wish I could have viewed each dress in the fabrics I was considering. Not a lot of information on button front, pull over, back zipper or back buttons."

Why Recollections?

Friend had a gorgeous dress from Recollections.

Garment Choice

I think they will be flattering. I have a thick waist and tummy. I have scoliosis and one His is much larger than the other.

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Susan
3 days ago , AL

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Easy to find and select what I needed."

Why Recollections?

Accurate outfits for Civil War. Most importantly, Made in the USA!

Garment Choice

The two items were purchased to complete my outfit that is used to portray a Union widow in my city's annual Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll.

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Katherine
3 days ago , ME

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Love the fabric options"

Why Recollections?

I was looking for an old fashioned dress for my daughter as a gift.

Garment Choice

She chose it.

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alexa
4 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"very easy"

Why Recollections?

returning customer

Garment Choice

theater use

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Dell
4 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I found just the right Victorian dress I need for a melodrama I'm in this fall. No time for sewing these days, so Recollections is the right place to go! I am always pleased. My daughter always has to do some alterations but the merchandise is wonderful."

Why Recollections?

I like your website!

Garment Choice

Fits the "plan"--right color choice, size and style.

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Karen
4 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Easy to work with"

Why Recollections?

Been a customer for several years

Garment Choice

Doing Carriage Driving and need a vest

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Angela C.
4 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Great"

Why Recollections?

You looked nice.

Garment Choice

Looked great

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Leigh
5 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I spoke with a woman over the phone concerning the shipping for this item. She was very kind and helpful and even made recommendations for the appropriate color for this item."

Why Recollections?

Recommended from coworker

Garment Choice

Conducting program on the Tennessee suffragist movement.

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Elisabeth
5 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"The sizing chart was very helpful. I enjoyed looking at the selection of clothes!"
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Joan
5 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I have bought many items from you and have always had great experiences."
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Angela C.
5 days ago

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"They are wonderful people at recollections."
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

Because there products looks wonderful.

Garment Choice

Because I am a historical interpreter and I needed it for work.

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Raphana
5 days ago , NJ

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Easy to find what I was searching for."

Why Recollections?

Great selection of well made items.

Garment Choice

Fantastic price, in my size, useful with many pieces I already own.

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Grace
6 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"It was great, easy."

Why Recollections?

High quality, durable, American made clothing, Beautiful as well. Wonderful company, quick response, helpful customer service. They are the best!

Garment Choice

I love pioneer, early American looking clothing.

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sara
6 days ago

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I loved my products and the customer service!"
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april
6 days ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Beautiful, well made historic clothing! I love shopping at Recollections!"

Why Recollections?

The clothing is very well made and historically accurate for reenactors.

Garment Choice

A beautiful blouse that can be worn for reenacting events or for everyday wear.

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Shelley
1 week ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Good. Love it!."

Why Recollections?

Quality and customer service

Garment Choice

Not sure what I am putting together yet but needed a starting point for Steampunk and loved the look.

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Ligeia
1 week ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Love the shopping experience but not sure about size. I am a 12-14, i.e., M or L, depending on cut. Since you say your clothing runs large I took the smaller size apron. We'll see!"

Garment Choice

Want something nice to wear when puttering around!

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Leslie
1 week ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Very easy to shop and I am confident I will be contacted if there is any doubt about sizing."

Why Recollections?

Quality

Garment Choice

Beautiful and versatile

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Lorine
1 week ago

Verified Purchase

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I have always been pleased with the selection"

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