Hardy Blechman

Hardy Blechman is a British designer and the founder of renowned streetwear brand maharishi. Born in Bournemouth in 1963, Blechman grew up collecting cigarette cards, military medals and Judo belts. After embarking on a “psychedelic journey” during time spent in Southeast Asia during his teens and early twenties, Blechman began working for an Indonesian clothing supplier. Founding maharishi in 1994 with an accompanying factory in India, Blechman initially set out to challenge the status quo in the fashion industry by making clothes out of hemp. Although this ultimately proved unsuccessful, his side project repurposing surplus industrial and military garments took off. Having pioneered the popular urban warrior look of the ‘90s, Blechman arguable defined the look of the latter half of the ‘90s with his 1995 Snopants design, which won him the title of “Streetwear Designer of the Year” of the British Fashion Council Awards in 2000. Blechman also spent over a decade researching and writing an encyclopedic tome of knowledge on camouflage called DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material, which was published in 2010. Blechman continues to hone his aesthetic and philosophy of “pacifist military design” through maharishi to this day.

maharishi Celebrates Winter Solstice With Graphic-Driven Holiday Capsule
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maharishi Celebrates Winter Solstice With Graphic-Driven Holiday Capsule

Featuring prints of reindeer herders, shamans and agaric mushrooms.

maharishi Drops Seasonal DPM: "CHACRUNA FOREST STRIPE"
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maharishi Drops Seasonal DPM: "CHACRUNA FOREST STRIPE"

Inspired by South American medicine, Ayahuasca.

Maharishi's Latest Headwear Converts From Cap to Mask
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Maharishi's Latest Headwear Converts From Cap to Mask

Referencing the USGI extreme cold weather mask.

Liam Hodges x FILA & Eight Other Key European Drops
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Liam Hodges x FILA & Eight Other Key European Drops

Including new Raf Simons x Fred Perry and Stone Island Shadow Project.

maharishi Celebrates Everything Is Recorded Album With Exclusive Tee
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maharishi Celebrates Everything Is Recorded Album With Exclusive Tee

The brand’s founder also designed the album artwork.

London Fashion Week Men's: maharishi's Hardy Blechman on The Changing Face of the Fashion Industry
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London Fashion Week Men's: maharishi's Hardy Blechman on The Changing Face of the Fashion Industry

Time out with the “see now buy now” pioneer.

Hardy Blechman on the Versatility of Camouflage and the Religious Motifs in maharishi's 2016 Spring/Summer LCM Show
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Hardy Blechman on the Versatility of Camouflage and the Religious Motifs in maharishi's 2016 Spring/Summer LCM Show

Both functional and innovative, maharishi caters to the urban, street-ready audience looking for modern iterations of military garbs.

James Bond and Hardy Blechman Discuss Undefeated x maharishi x adidas Originals Capsule Collection
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James Bond and Hardy Blechman Discuss Undefeated x maharishi x adidas Originals Capsule Collection

Streetwear labels Undefeated and maharishi have joined forces for a collaborative capsule that

PORT Magazine: Hardy Blechman of maharishi Talks Camouflage
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PORT Magazine: Hardy Blechman of maharishi Talks Camouflage

Conversing about the origins of camouflage, maharishi founder Hardy Blechman sits down with PORT

 
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