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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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Velvet Scroll Flapper Dress
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Karen - Today

Flapper dress a big hit

Lovely dress and matching bag. Got lots of compliments at the event!

Why Recollections?

My friends had been ordering from Recollections and had worn several beautiful garments that were from there, to some of our events. Usually I sew my own, but this time my calendar was full and i wouldn't have enough time, so i decided to try Recollections. They have a charming selection.

Garment Choice

I needed a 1920's dress, but I didn't want one of the standard fringe flapper dresses. The velvet scroll dress with bow was more uniquely my style and the copper color was great for me.

Karen

Today - CA

When I became concerned that i would not have my dress in time for the event, I called customer service. She made sure the dress was in production on time (it was within the 4-6 week period indicated on the website). The articles were shipped promptly after they were finished.


Ivory Crochet Gloves
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Carol K - 4 days ago

Love this apron!

These gloves are beautiful and look wonderful on my hands!

Why Recollections?

Love vintage clothing

Garment Choice

I love the styling and do a great deal of baking.

Carol K

4 days ago - TX

It was easy to shop your website. Consider PayPal for payments please.


Victorian Pioneer Edwardian Work Apron on sale
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Carol K - 4 days ago

Well worth the wait to get this beautiful apron. Love cleaning in it.

Why Recollections?

Love vintage clothing

Garment Choice

I love the styling and do a great deal of baking.

Carol K

4 days ago - TX

It was easy to shop your website. Consider PayPal for payments please.


Victorian Flannel Nightgown
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Irene - 1 week ago

Precioso

Precioso camisón, mejor imposible, muy bonito, y cálido

Why Recollections?

Me encanta la ropa de la antigua Norteamérica

Garment Choice

Ya había tenido uno hace años, se hizo viejito, y he querido repetir.

Irene

1 week ago - Barcelona

Siempre he tenido buenas experiencias con Recollections


Georgie Victorian Dress
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Cheryl - 1 week ago

Beautiful and Comfortable!

Every time I go out in this dress, I get compliments. I love it because it is feminine, flattering, and modest. These are made of good quality cotton, so they are always comfortable and very easy to wash and dry. I am so happy with this dress that I wear it everyday. I have been buying them for the last 10 years and have a good supply.

Why Recollections?

Because Recollections uses 100% cotton and makes clothes feminine clothes from the past that I can still wear today with pride. I am very grateful for their selection and quality. In the midst of an age where clothing is scant and ugly, we can still look beautiful and comfortable.

Garment Choice

This garment is flattering, comfortable, easy to care for, and beautiful. It is also one of the cheaper selections that I can afford once in awhile.

Cheryl

1 week ago

The customer service was wonderful. I had a little problem with the fit of the dress sleeve being different, and they looked into it, asked some more questions, and fixed the problem! I am very thankful and thrilled for their sincerity and resolution.


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