Hardy Blechman is head designer of maharishi, the company he founded in 1994. Blechman, whose former experience lay in the international military and industrial clothing surplus trade, started maharishi by producing hemp and other natural fibre clothing as well as recycling workwear and military surplus.

In 2000, Blechman was named Streetwear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. A second line, MHI,was launched by Blechman in 2001. In 2003, Blechman also set up a company producing non-violent toys. His flagship MHI store, DPMHI, opened in 2004.

In his first book published the same year, Blechman explored the subject of camouflage in great depth. DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material won Best Book of 2004 in Wallpaper’s Design Awards issue and was one of The Daily Telegraph’s Books of the Year 2004.