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4.8 Overall Satisfaction Rating

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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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Melody
1 day ago

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5.0
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It was nice and easy. Thank you for the easy way of ordering. Look forward to ordering more from this site.
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Joann
1 day ago , OR

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5.0
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Easy shopping experience. Sweet variety of fabrics and styles to chose from..I have gotten many compliments.

Why Recollections?

Authentic style. Excellent craftsmanship.

Garment Choice

Versatile jacket goes with everything.

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Elegance made for wearing.

Simply beautiful. Very classy look. Even with jeans.

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Sarah
1 day ago

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5.0
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Your website is easy to navigate and well-designed.

Why Recollections?

I chose Recollections because, unlike many online-sellers of historical reproductions, yours is a U.S. store that doesn't exploit vulnerable people and children in factories to produce its clothing.

Garment Choice

I love the historically accurate silhouette and massive leg-o-mutton sleeves! Besides that, since it's a shirtwaist, it's versatile and I can pair it with different ensembles.

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Gary
2 days ago

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5.0
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Seems easy enough

Would like a visual preview of the fabric I picked on the dress though.

Why Recollections?

Seemed well rated

Garment Choice

My thoughts of Victorian Christmas

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Sabrina
3 days ago

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5.0
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Very easy!
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mechell
4 days ago

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5.0
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The bust will be fine, just have fat biceps.But if it fits like the last one will be perfect.

Why Recollections?

you did a great job on a dress iIused for DAR.

Garment Choice

I've always liked older clots styles. And it helps with doing reenacting.

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Ken
4 days ago

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5.0
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very smooth, nice selection

Why Recollections?

large sizes

Garment Choice

my husband is a re enactor and I need to dress the time period

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Robert
4 days ago

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4.0
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Love the styles. Would like to see a larger variety of colors, especially the prints.
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Cheryl
5 days ago

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5.0
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Very pleased with the quality and the service provided.

Why Recollections?

Love the designs

Garment Choice

Value

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Tracey
5 days ago

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4.0
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Hi! Could you add the other dress to my order please? I can't seem to get it to go into the cart.

Why Recollections?

I have purchased costumes before. they are beautiful and well made.

Garment Choice

It's a Christmas present for a young friend...that's why I'm really hoping I can get the other dress too!

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