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4.9 Overall Satisfaction Rating

Based on 540 Ratings

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250+ 5 stars in a row

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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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Jennifer
Today

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5.0
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"The website is easy to use. The garments exciting."

Why Recollections?

I am a member of a pioneer association who like to dress in that era for events.

Garment Choice

We will be attending an event honoring the suffragettes.

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Jenny
Today , PA

5.0
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"The dress I purchased was beautiful and well made, it was perfect for what I wanted. "

Why Recollections?

They had the most options in the style I was looking for and reviews seemed extremely positive.

Garment Choice

The style was just what I was looking for, and the print was lovely. I wore it to a Civil War reenactment and got lots of compliments.

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Cheryl
1 day ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Great!"

Why Recollections?

Recommended by seamstress

Garment Choice

Recommended by seamstress

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Kathleen
1 day ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"You make it easy!"

Why Recollections?

Ordered before.

Garment Choice

Looking for something new for fall.

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Janice
1 day ago

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5.0
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"I love the dresses from recollections! This will be my 7th one."

Why Recollections?

They have quality dresses! Love the styles!

Garment Choice

I love style and the color combo.

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CARON
2 days ago

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5.0
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"You have amazing clothes to choose from. That's the hard part. What to choose? I will be back. I'm a member of DAR and I have several events to attend."

Why Recollections?

quality

Garment Choice

cost

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Stasia
2 days ago

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5.0
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"Easy to use website, well organized! Great selections."

Why Recollections?

Internet search

Garment Choice

Loved it!

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Amy L.
2 days ago

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5.0
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"Good"
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Kathy
3 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Always a great selection and easy to complete the order"

Why Recollections?

Quality workmanship, wide selection of styles and fabrics.

Garment Choice

Shopped for the past 6 months to try to find the right look for a Revolutionary War event but none can equal that of Recollections. Wish there were more to select from though. I can count on it being good quality.

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Renee
3 days ago

5.0
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"They outfits are absolutely gorgeous! We will send pictures from our wedding. I cannot thank you enough for making my sisters outfit to her measurements, it made a HUGE difference!!"

Why Recollections?

Quality and options.

Garment Choice

For our wedding that has an Edwardian theme.

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Sandra
4 days ago

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5.0
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"I found the glove options clear and just what I was looking for."

Why Recollections?

I have used your site before.

Garment Choice

I have white gloves, I needed black, too.

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Denise
4 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Very quick and user friendly"

Why Recollections?

Quality clothing and great customer service

Garment Choice

Just what I was looking for to go to a Tombstone party

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Theresa
5 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"I love shopping here!!!!"

Garment Choice

Need a quick civil war dress that fits and isn’t too expensive

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Renee
5 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"It was fast"

Why Recollections?

The dresses are very Beautiful

Garment Choice

Because I need it to match my husband's best

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Summer
5 days ago

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5.0
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"So so happy to see a place that supports the big girls who still love to play dress up"

Why Recollections?

They have my size not many places do not

Garment Choice

I live in a small town founded in the 1800's and we dress up during a history weekend I also hope to join a show held by our museum.

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Mary
5 days ago , OR

5.0
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"Very helpful and we are very satisfied with the products we've recieved"
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

you had something close to what we needed and were willing accommodate our needs

Garment Choice

needed for a play

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Laura
6 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Good selection"

Why Recollections?

Recommended by friend.

Garment Choice

To complete an ensemble I own.

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Karri
6 days ago , TX

5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"They do a beautiful job on the dresses, but it is challenging sometimes to speak with someone if you have a question. I've ordered several dresses and have only had to return one. The other four I own are beautiful, including this last one. I can't wait to wear it. I've also sent a lot of business their way. "
CustomerService
5/5

Why Recollections?

Quality and design

Garment Choice

Fabric,color,cut and design

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Debra
6 days ago

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5.0
Overall Satisfaction Rating

"Always a great experience with Recollections!"

Why Recollections?

Wonderful service and great products!

Garment Choice

A completer piece for an ensemble.

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Dale
1 week ago , MT

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5.0
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"Old familiar friends, I know where to find you!"

Why Recollections?

Good experiences over the years.

Garment Choice

I will be volunteering at The Sodhouse Ranch located within Malheur Wildlife Refuge. Pioneer wear is appropriate.

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