Company History

Mr. George Harcourt founded our company in Toronto in 1842. Harcourts is the oldest robemaker in North America.  Harcourts has maintained a tradition of the highest quality workmanship and tailoring for over 168 years.  To this day, our garments are individually tailored and sewn by skilled craftspeople in the Heart of Toronto, Canada.  The Harcourt family operated the business as a family concern until 1965 and created a wonderful legacy consisting of a clientele of the leading figures in Canada and all over the world.

The business has been owned by the Cooper family since 1973.

In the course of our history, we have prepared garments for nearly every member of the Royal family including Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the political elite in Canada and the United States.  We produce the highest quality Made in Canada legal fashions, academic regalia, as well as choir robes and vestments for the clergy. 

Harcourts is proud of the loyalty that its employees and customers have shown to the company. Our customers understand how we conduct business and in many cases are familiar with our craftspeople. We produce most of our products from our plant adjacent to our showroom in Downtown Toronto. We believe that this set up allows us complete control over quality and delivery.

Harcourts has historically been the primary supplier to the legal profession. We continue to maintain that position through our network of dealers across Canada. We supply Judicial and Barrister attire to the Canadian Federal government, the Provinces and Territories of Canada, as well as the Caribbean courts and the British Commonwealth. 

Harcourts robes are the highest quality available. The materials that we use have been time tested and in some cases are made exclusively for Harcourts.  Our workmanship combines the best of Traditional methods and Modern technology.  Most of our workmanship is done by hand by our skilled craftspeople.  Our garments are cut individually and by hand to ensure detail and custom fit.  We use machine stitching for a strong long lasting garment, though we continue to use hand stitching for the finer details of our products.  Our gowns are hand shirred, which is the only way to produce the fullness and elegance of traditional styling. 

Individual attention and the highest quality materials characterize Harcourts excellence.