Birch's manufactures a full range of Legal robes to customer's exact measurements, in traditional style, attending diligently to every detail.

Birch’s enjoys a long history of supplying the legal fraternity of South Africa. Their robes can be found in the chambers across the nation from the Constitutional Court Judges to Senior Council, from Barristers and Advocates to Attorneys and Magistrates.

The company also manufactures Senior Council waistcoats, office jackets and Clerks robes.






From general attorney’s robes to advocates attire, Birch’s Legal robes are handmade by our skilled workforces in Grahamstown using traditional styles and shapes. These robes are available in several fabric options to suit your budget.

Birch's manufactures a full range of Legal robes to customer's exact measurements, in traditional style, attending diligently to every detail.

Magistrate's Robe

A black gown with silken braid on yoke and sleeve cuffs, with a 5 cm wide Dark Scarlett Red band affixed to the center of the front panels and parallel on either side of cuff braid. (As stated in regulation 17 as amended in terms of the Magistrates Act of 1993). 

Advocate / Barrister's Robes

Manufactured to the traditional English style with sleeve pleats and pouch attached to the back. Two theories exist regarding the pouch that appear on these robes: one is that it harks back to the 14th century when the defence deposited remuneration into the pouch, which resembled a large pocket sewn into the gown with an opening between the shoulders. This was done in secret as gentlemen in those days did not accept money in exchange for defending a friend. The second theory is that the pouch is a derivative of the mourning robe adopted following the death of King Charles II in 1685. The fashion still remains to this day, though neither theory can be accurately confirmed.

Judge's Robes

Judges robes manufactured in traditional red including cincture, hood and gunbag. Available in two fabrics, Polyester Cashmere and Lt Wt Wool and Trevira.

Accessories such as box pleat lace jabots, lace jabots and plain jabots as well as Advocate's bags with initials hand embroidered in traditional script are also manufactured in our modern factory which employs well skilled and experienced machinists.





Birch’s offers a variety of fabric compositions to suit many budgets. From 100% wrinkle-free polyester, to a cashmere/poly for a richer colour and a softer finish; Birch’s robes offer the busy legal professional a washable and ready-to-wear solution for any courtroom.  The hand tailored robes are created to the highest standards and feature classic fluting, shoulder tab (advocates money bags), pleated sleeves, detail buttons and decorative black trim.

  • Polyester Cashmere / Texturised Polyester
  • Made to Measure (Bespoke)
  • Dry Cleanable
  • Designed, Woven & Made in South Africa.

All legal gowns (except Judges) are available in three fabrics, Polyester Cashmere, Light Weight Wool and Trevira and Textured Polyester.