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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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Jamie
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I absolutely love shopping at Recollections! It is always a pleasant and easy experience. And I have always been more than happy with my purchases.

Why Recollections?

I always chose Recollections because the products are great, and so are their prices. And they are always a pleasure to deal with! If I could invite a business for a nice cup of tea, it would cetaintly be Recollections!

Garment Choice

I have always wanted a mourning gown. They are so beautiful and elegant, as were the ladies who wore them during times of grief. And I hope to honor them by portrayal. I would love to find a Civil War era mourning dress as well. I am not sure if this one would work as such or not. I want to wear it to the historic sites in this area, and on ghost tours. Especially on such holidays as Remembrance Day or Memorial Day. Or when I visit the many battlefields near here, such as Antietam and Gettysburg.

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Nancy
12/13/2019 Featured Review Bade

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5.0
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Dennie is awesome! She told me what to do for my dress and matching hat to get to my home by January 15, 2020

Why Recollections?

Beautiful items!!

Garment Choice

Stunning.

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Ralph
12/09/2019 Featured Review Bade

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Web site was easy to navigate. Excellent photos of the product offered.

Why Recollections?

Recommend by friends and have seen some of the outfits at fairies

Garment Choice

Was a gift for her to wear at Dickens Faire.

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Victorian Dress

It was perfect for what she needed and made for a great gift for the Faire!

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Joyce
12/02/2019 Featured Review Bade

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Love this site! Big selection of fashions, organization for finding what you're looking for is great, fit of fashions is perfect. Love shopping the sales.

Why Recollections?

My husband and I are SASS shooters. The cotton wash and wear fashions are perfect for our hobby, choice of length means I wont trip on a too long skirt. The dressier fashions are lovely for a formal banquet. Fashions are more feminine than some other Old West clothing sites.

Garment Choice

Beautiful design and fabric, flatters waistline, pockets are a plus. Sometimes I get a little dirty when shooting at a range and your cotton fashions can be washed on cold, gentle; tumbled dry low and come out beautifully without ironing; I just hang.

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Nancy
11/30/2019 Featured Review Bade

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5.0
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Excellent quality and great prices! Perfect fit every time!

Why Recollections?

Prompt and accurate delivery and incredible selections

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Kay
10/13/2019 Featured Review Bade

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I love Recollections! I've been shopping here for years and every item of clothing I've purchased I still have to this day. The clothes are exceptional quality and have served me well.

Why Recollections?

Exceptionally high quality clothing that holds up to hard work and nights out!

Garment Choice

I needed some more functional clothing for work and I love wearing my Recollections dresses. The aprons are a new item for me, and I'm confident they'll be just as great as the rest.

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Bailey
10/10/2019 Featured Review Bade

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I've purchased 3 dresses from here, and each one have been absolutely beautiful! There's a lot of love that goes into making these dresses.
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Linda
10/06/2019 Featured Review Bade

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Recollections is one of the BEST companies I have ever dealt with online. If they have questions they immediately contact me or if I have questions they respond immediately.

Their clothing is well made and attractive. I want to try one of those Civil War hair decorations.

Why Recollections?

So many era choices.

Garment Choice

Historical reenactment

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