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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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Richard
1 day ago

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5.0
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Lisa
2 days ago

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5.0
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Love Recollections!

Why Recollections?

Great dresses at great prices!

Garment Choice

Love this dress! Have 15 of them in different prints.

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Ivy
2 days ago

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5.0
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I always have great shopping experiences with Recollections.

Why Recollections?

I have been wearing nothing but Recollections clothing since 2015. I've no desire to wear anything else : )

Garment Choice

The sale prices are great and all three dresses come with pockets!

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Karen
3 days ago , CA

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5.0
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Love your quality workmanship.

Why Recollections?

Beautiful outfits.

Garment Choice

Love the style.

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CAROLYN
3 days ago

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5.0
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The website is very easy to navigate.

Why Recollections?

I have ordered 3 dresses in the past and they have all been lovely. Excellent quality.

Garment Choice

I have been waiting to choose a dress where I could have a floral and stripe together. And finally a print combination and color is available that I really like.

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Brenda
3 days ago

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5.0
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very easy to find what you want

Why Recollections?

I have bought before and love products

Garment Choice

because I couldn't find the Diana Regency dress that I wanted.

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Jennifer
3 days ago

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5.0
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Everything has been great with Recollections! The quality and fit is wonderful.
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Hope
4 days ago

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5.0
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Easiest shopping experience possible

Why Recollections?

Past purchases were perfect. You are the most dependable seller of Regency styles.

Garment Choice

At the Joseph Priestley House in Northumberland, PA, I portray a visitor from England who would have worn the latest styles.

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Joann
5 days 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
5 days ago

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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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