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4.8 Overall Satisfaction Rating

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4.7 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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Patti
Today , CA

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5.0
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"Easy once I made a decision! I was so happy with the fit and the quality of the fabric as well as the workmanship of the garments. Now I'm faced with a tough decision: what do I choose next????"

Why Recollections?

Liked the variety of options and the pioneer looks that were available.

Garment Choice

Visiting Tombstone Arizona soon and on a regular basis. As well as Calico Gjost town. I’m not in any reenactor group but I just want to wear this apparel and wander the throughout the towns.

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Alexandra
1 day ago , OH

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5.0
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"The dress looked awesome the moment I opened the package and combined with the shoes make the ghost tours I run more authentic."

Why Recollections?

I wanted an accurate and well made Victorian reproduction.

Garment Choice

I needed some clothing for the ghost tours I ran and a mourning dress just seemed appropriate.

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Kitty
2 days ago , GA

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5.0
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"Every item I ordered was of supreme quality. There was one shirt that I had not noticed had the yoke coming somewhat down the sleeve. The style was not flattering on me so I called to inquire about returning it and ordering a different style instead. Recollections was very helpful in telling me to return that shirt and they would send the new one of my choosing. It has not arrived yet but I am certain that I will be more than satisfied."
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

I needed some Ms. Claus outfits.

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Margaret
2 days ago , CA

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5.0
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"wish you had witch's hats all year"

Why Recollections?

great beauty

Garment Choice

beauty

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Laurie
2 days ago

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5.0
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"it was fine - would have liked to see the picture change with the various colors options"

Why Recollections?

trusted friend

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Bennita
3 days ago , TN

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5.0
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"Beautiful dress. Fits wonderfully and looks great. Thanks"

Why Recollections?

Beaqutiful period clothes

Garment Choice

wANTED SOMTHING SPECIIAL FOR A PARTY.

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Lesah
3 days ago

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5.0
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"I changed my original order from a small to medium. I normally wear size 8 but being so far away, I think I could alter if need. I will be using it to ride a horse. I wish I could send you a picture of me in my skirt on the horse! It was perfect!!!!"

Why Recollections?

I loved your selections.

Garment Choice

because I think I can climb over a horse with it.

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Ralph
3 days ago

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5.0
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"Easy to view site for fashions"

Why Recollections?

Most authentic dresses I have seen on the internet so far.

Garment Choice

Fitted the era needed for the event

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B.
3 days ago

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5.0
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"I called and was pleased to speak with Debbie!"

Why Recollections?

I had ordered before and liked the quality.

Garment Choice

For my granddaughter’s 15th birthday.

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Mary
4 days ago

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5.0
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"Very good reviews online encouraged me to choose Recollections over other period costume companies. Quality of sewingband willingness to adjust pattern to fit me was superior. "

Garment Choice

Loved lace and style

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Pam
4 days ago , IL

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5.0
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"The Civil War Victorian Style Dress is quite lovely. I am impressed with the finish of the gown. The welted seams and the covered buttons. Well Done! "
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

Because I had ordered from Recollections before and had been impressed with the quality.

Garment Choice

I needed a gown to portray a cook of the 1860's. This will be perfect.

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M C.
4 days ago , ID

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5.0
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"I have always been pleased with the service and the product quality!!"
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

Have dealt with them before and always been pleased.

Garment Choice

Women's Suffrage celebration....

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Sandi
4 days ago

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5.0
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"Had internet problems last nite. Appreciate email this am. Internet still slow."

Why Recollections?

Lovely products.

Garment Choice

Need a ball gown.

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Sandra
4 days ago

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5.0
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"I really appreciated that they held my cart. My internet went down last nite before. I finished the order"

Why Recollections?

They have the best period clothes

Garment Choice

It is gorgious

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emily
4 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Fun to shop"

Why Recollections?

Good reviews, right answers when we called by phone

Garment Choice

Look great, color works, right time period

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Susan
5 days ago , CA

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5.0
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"Wanted to know if order was going out. No response but it came shortly after. "
CustomerService
1/5

Why Recollections?

Wanted period appropriate garment.

Garment Choice

Fit the need.

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Susan E.
5 days ago

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5.0
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"Wonderful!"

Why Recollections?

Merchandise looks great

Garment Choice

Need belts for outfits

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Georgeann
5 days ago

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5.0
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"It was great once I realized what I needed. I even had to call because I had a question. Person on the phone was professional and efficient. Thanks."
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Mary
5 days ago

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5.0
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"Good vintage clothes"
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Barbara
5 days ago

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5.0
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"I have made numerous purchases and am curious where coupons come from?"

Why Recollections?

Each garment has met my expectations!

Garment Choice

If I order now, it will come by the time I need a shorter-sleeved blouse!

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