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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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Etsuko
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5.0
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I had quite some time to think about which size is right for me, so I’m afraid that I might lose information while thinking too much... but I didn’t have to retype everything and check out was smooth.

Why Recollections?

I always enjoy viewing your beautiful clothes and even though my size doesn’t fit with your size chart exactly I wanted to wear them. Hope it will fit!

Garment Choice

Looks beautiful and elegant, also maybe it might make me looks slimmer with big flower print.

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MARY
Today

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5.0
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Easy and user-friendly.

Why Recollections?

I'm a fanatic about all things Victorian/Edwardian.

Garment Choice

It was very lacy and feminine, which represents what I love about these two eras.

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Ellen
1 day ago

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5.0
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Never had a problem. Always convenient and efficient. Great customer service.

Why Recollections?

Quality

Garment Choice

Look, fit, fabric.

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Mrs. Claus Dress

Love this dress.

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Lara
1 day ago

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5.0
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Super easy to check out!

Why Recollections?

Love your quality and fashions!

Garment Choice

It’s beautiful!

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Meredith
1 day ago

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5.0
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All good!

Why Recollections?

I prefer these types of garments to modern styles

Garment Choice

I always wear an apron. I'd like one with more coverage for harvest season. I wear an average of a size 8. I hope this fits and isn't too small! Thank you!

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Sharon
1 day ago

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5.0
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it's easy and reliable shopping online with Recollections

Why Recollections?

I use Recollections for most of my wardrobe for living history and reenactment events

Garment Choice

I'm developing another person for future living history and reenacting

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Maria
1 day ago

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5.0
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Good experience. Excellent company to work with.

Why Recollections?

Beautiful costume choices.

Garment Choice

Hat to match an outfit previously purchased at Recollections.

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Audrey
2 days ago

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5.0
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Easy to use website! I love that I can put in my measurements and y'all help me with sizing!
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karen
2 days ago

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5.0
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no problems and fun

Why Recollections?

this is my 6th gown from recollections all have been made super well and very good quality >> very heavy material not thin cheep stuff >>

Garment Choice

my gowns are not taffeta this will be my first one

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sandra
3 days ago

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5.0
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Greta site and easy to use

Why Recollections?

best selection

Garment Choice

somewhere in time weekend at Grand Hotel

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Michele
3 days ago

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5.0
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Easy check put, unique items I love.

Garment Choice

I am a volunteer at a historical site.

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Tina
3 days ago

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5.0
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Easy ordering

Why Recollections?

Referral by family

Garment Choice

Anniversary party

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lillian
3 days ago

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5.0
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great BLOUSES !!!!! Great everything. I love Recollections !!! Lilly

Why Recollections?

Recollections has the BEST service and the nicest and most competent Ladies online for anything.

Garment Choice

Best blouses and merchandise in the world. Lilly

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Jayne
4 days ago

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5.0
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Thank Donna for telling me about the memorial day coupon.

Why Recollections?

I always do.

Garment Choice

I have a pink and white jacket and skirt from you for it to go with.

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Patricia
4 days ago

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5.0
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So far, So good.

Why Recollections?

Like what I bought on Etsy.

Garment Choice

Need for my Edwardian impression.

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Kathleen
5 days ago

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5.0
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Recollections has so many wonderful styles to choose from! They provide good size charts and have a variety of patterns and colors. I have ordered from them before and always satisfied with my purchases.

Why Recollections?

It is my favorite place to order Victorian style clothing.

Garment Choice

I wanted something light for summer.

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susan
5 days ago

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5.0
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It is a very relaxing experience

Why Recollections?

receive an email

Garment Choice

Add to my Mrs. Claus outfits

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Patricia
6 days ago

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5.0
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I love working with your company and am always pleased with the service and product.
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BRENDA
1 week ago

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5.0
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quick response regarding availability of a clearance item.

Why Recollections?

variety of items & have been a customer of many years.

Garment Choice

will go with a variety of skirts or western pants -- both modern & period.

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Paul
1 week ago

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5.0
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fast and easy

Why Recollections?

I buy most of my period pieces from them

Garment Choice

need a mask for a convention that matches my 1950s dress I am waiting to receive

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