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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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About this Company

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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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Robert
Today

Does not take gift cards!!!!

Why Recollections?

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Garment Choice

Wife like the flannel long sleeve and lace!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Sarah
Today , MI

Recollections is awesome! They are so accommodating and have great stuff! They sent me free swatches of a couple of the fabrics they use, they were willing to make the waistline of a dress I ordered one inch lower at no extra cost, and they were very communicative during the process. My order ended up getting delayed, and they let me know in advance and gave me a 10% off code. I would definitely recommend!

Why Recollections?

Their prices and selection are better than any other place that offers what they offer. Their products do not feel or look like costumes and so can tell they put a lot of care into what they make!

Victorian Corduroy Suit
Victorian Corduroy Suit
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Today

Great dress, weird size.

I ordered it during a 20% sale, so I got a super great deal on the dress. I was impressed with the quality, though the size was a little disappointing. They say on the website that their sizing is generous, and that is definitely true. But it makes it hard to know what size to get because I don’t know that the sizing is generous enough for the next size down to fit ok. So, if you order your normal size, be prepared to take it to a tailor or tailor it yourself.


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Joan
Today , Indiana

I have been looking for a long time here because it is fun. It is easy to shop here, sizing is simple, and checking out was really easy.

Customer Service
5/5

Why Recollections?

Who else sells things like this? I see alot of old fashioned things out there, but many don't have the polished look/quality.

Garment Choice

I have been wearing "plain" Amish like garments for 20 yrs, because it was the closest thing to what we wanted for me ( we are Quaker). But I wanted something a little different, no apron, but very simple. I just couldn't decide if I wanted to invest and try this look until now. I think I can make it work and feel more feminine than in my other clothes.

Company Response

We are so happy to hear we can help! Thank you for your comments and rating!

Victorian Edwardian Twill Skirt on sale
Victorian Edwardian Twill Skirt on sale
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good quality, but doesn't look good on everyone

The skirt and vest are well designed and sewn, however, they are not my thing. I suppose I ought to know better by now, since I have been buying most of my clothing custom made for 2 decades. For me, I do not like the bunchy elastic waist. I am pretty short and do not have a very defined waist because my ribs are practically sitting on my hips. so having the torso extended did help. I need to give up on full skirts - they overwhelm a short person - at least in my opinion, at least for myself. I had them shorten it too much and anyway it does not hang like the picture on me and I think if I was taller it might look less bulky. In the picture the skirt gets wider at the bottom and not the top, but I am not tall enough for the gradual widening to be noticeable. Also, I have not used twill often and didn't realize how thick the material is and that adds to the problems. I prefer a polyester/suiting material for less bulk. It ended up looking kind of like a Western cowgirl outfit - the buttons added to that effect and one fell off in the first wash. The others seem very tight, though. I am not fat, but am curvy, & when your short and curvy, you can easily look chunkier than you are in clothes made of thick material and have bunchy waistlines. So, I do not blame Recollections for this problem. I do think it would look best on someone taller and willowy. But not everyone cares about looking a bit chunky!! I think this outfit would last many yrs, as it is a high quality material and well sewn.

V-neckline Twill Vest
V-neckline Twill Vest
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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Joe
1 day ago

I had problems checking out with the website freezing.

Why Recollections?

Excellent quality and reputation


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Rachel
Today , PA

Love it! Your site is wonderful!

Garment Choice

I bought this last year and wanted a new color!

Why Recollections?

You offer plus sizes

Company Response

Thank you for your feedback and rating Rachel!

Abigail Victorian Gown
Abigail Victorian Gown
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Today

Be the belle of the (National Civil War) ball!

This is the second time I’ve bought this dress (two different colors). I love it a lot! I got tons of compliments and more importantly felt beautiful and enjoyed Virginia reeling the night away in this dress!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Sariah
1 day ago , Utah

I love this company. My order was delayed by two months due to supply issues, and they contacted me every step, even offering me a discount on a future order due to the delay! It was worth the wait!! Each email I sent them was responded to within a few days, and was always polite and courteous. 100% fantastic customer service.

Customer Service
5/5

Why Recollections?

A co-worker recommended them, and I couldn’t be more happy.

Garment Choice

It looked comfy.


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Connie
2 days ago , New York

Very responsive to questions; beautifully made clothing.

Customer Service
5/5

Why Recollections?

Quality and variety of period clothing

Garment Choice

Helps complete my outfits.

Zina Victorian Drawers
Zina Victorian Drawers
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2 days ago

Wonderfully made, as are all the items I have ordered


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Lori
4 days ago

Love this site first time ordering.

Why Recollections?

Love the vintage clothes

Company Response

Thank you for your rating and comments!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer T. L.
6 days ago

So far, so great!

Why Recollections?

I had (and sadly outgrew!) one of your dresses in the past, and got more compliments on it than any other dress I wore at my historic site. One of the other docents at my current site bought one of your dresses recently, and when I got the cyber Monday sale email today and saw a style appropriate for our site, in the fabric I wanted, and on sale, I knew it was meant to be.

Garment Choice

The style is suitable for the Victorian home where I volunteer as a docent and living history coordinator, and the fact that it was in stock and in the paisley I wanted was icing on the cake. It's also helpful that it's a washable cotton fabric, which makes it so much more practical for all-day events on a historic farmstead.

Company Response

Thank you for your comments and rating - we hope you love your new dress!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Sariah
1 week ago

Great customer service, fantastic communication, and well-made products.

Why Recollections?

Co-worker recommended them to me.

Garment Choice

I love the colors, the style, and the price!

Company Response

Thank you for your comments and rating!!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Anne
1 week ago

Quick and easy!

Garment Choice

It looks like a nice apron.

Why Recollections?

You have excellent quality clothing!

Company Response

Thank you for your comments and rating!!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Francesca
1 week ago

the site kept asking me to sign it would do it then when i hit continue it would go back to nothing in my cart. one of the dresses I was trying to order completely went away and I cant find it again. I am trying to put in a pin which i have know idea what it could possibly be I am never asked for it I am extremely frustrated and busy. is there another way to order??

Why Recollections?

I love the clothes have been ordering from you for years.

Garment Choice

I need it and needed the one I cant find again but I have no more time for this

Company Response

Technology can be terribly frustrating!  Please call us before this happens again - we can take your order over the phone!! And if you have to leave a message, please know we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Erisabeisuu
1 week ago , Oklahoma

Very helpful staff, my order was handled efficiently, and all the alterations where spot on.

Customer Service
5/5

Why Recollections?

After browsing through several sites, Recollections had the best ratings, reviews, and quality.

Garment Choice

To fully portray the character I was appointed by my director.

Company Response

Thank you for your comments and rating!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Catherine
1 week ago

Lovely options.
Thank you for having plus sizes.

Why Recollections?

Plus sizes and variety of styles for Regency Gowns.

Garment Choice

I participate in the Alafaya River Rendezvous each year and I add a garment to my wardrobe each year.

Company Response

We aren't all cookie-cutter sizes - we're all different in our own way!! That's one of the best parts of Recollections - helping dress folks from just shy of an XS to plus size XXXXL and a bit more. Thank you for your rating and comments!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Thea
1 week ago

Quick and easy. Thanks for making it simple.

Why Recollections?

Past business and quality items

Garment Choice

For our Dickens Faire

Company Response

We are excited to offer our new line of "in stock - ready to ship" items along with our traditional "made when ordered" garments. Thank you for your comments and rating Thea!!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Linda
1 week ago

The representative was very helpful in assisting me to getting the correct product.

Garment Choice

Need for the play” Little Women”

Why Recollections?

I chose this for the best attire for the play “ Little Women”

Company Response

Thank you for contacting us! And for your rating and comments.


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Kim
1 week ago

good . Last time it was bad

Why Recollections?

nice

Garment Choice

like it

Company Response

I hope your experience continues to be a good one. Thank you for your comment and rating.


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Katrina
1 week ago

Ordered my wedding dress from you nearly 10 years ago, and now I’m back for some vests!

Company Response

Thank you for your comments and rating!!


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Susan
1 week ago , Tennessee

Super customer service. Answered all my questions and helped with my options.

Garment Choice

I need a stock item because of my procrastination.

Why Recollections?

Some of the reviews stated that the item that they were chose were used for museum period costume.

Company Response

Thank you Susan!

1 week ago

Disappointed

I do not like the material it is made from. It is not authentic. It also noisy when you walk. I did not even use.

Victorian Styled Work Dress
Victorian Styled Work Dress
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1 week ago

Nice Work Dress

This dress is well made, easy to wash and comfortable.


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Shopper Approved - Verified Customer Francesca Y.
2 weeks ago

It was hard to find the shopping site again, because it has been a few years since I ordered from you. but I love the way the clothing is made and the side pockets are great.

Why Recollections?

The workmanship is outstanding!!

Garment Choice

I need a good black dress.

Company Response

Thank you for coming back to us!


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