Founded in 1994 by Hardy Blechman, Maharishi revolves around its founder’s fascination with vintage clothing, especially ex-military garments. Having literally written a book on camouflage, it makes sense that Blechman’s Maharishi presents one of the most authentic vintage military-inspired collections around and has done since it was founded.
“The brand’s DNA is all about playing with opposites such as life and death, east and west, camouflage and high visibility, peace and military,” notes Blechman, who has managed to retain this DNA since 1994 when he offered up the first collection in 100 percent hemp. From pure hemp, Blechman diversified to a handful of military designs like the brand’s now-iconic Snow Pants.
Combining military references like rank insignias with traditional embroidery, often centered around zodiac signs, the label began to gain a following for its unique blend of utility and niche style. Since the early 2000s, it has cemented its place in the annals of streetwear, never straying too far from its signature designs, proving its mettle as a style staple of the modern age. Having just landed at HHV, we thought it was high time to round up some of the items that make Maharishi the legendary force that it is.
Shop the best Maharishi clothing from HHV below.
Japanese Nylon Cap
Made from pure Japanese nylon, this basic flat-billed baseball cap proves the imprint’s ability to go above and beyond, even on the most simple items.
Talk about doing the basics well. This umbrella might be the most technical we’ve seen yet. Made in collaboration with Senz, it features an asymmetrical build to keep your legs dry against rain falling at an angle.
True Key Clip
Keys in the pocket can become a brutal weapon in the time it takes you to sit down. If you’ve never accidentally sat on your keys at the wrong angle, cop a key clip before it’s too late.
U.S. Hanten Shirt
The Eastern wrap-around build of the U.S. Hanten Shirt stands in contrast to the archetypal military khaki colorway.
Vintage Panther Patch Sweater
Cut from pure organic fleece-back cotton, this crewneck sweater is ideal for fall/winter temperatures. With just a vintage patch to the arm by way of detailing, it’s a certified staple.
Vintage Panther Patch Hoodie
And, for those who have pledged their allegiance to the hoodie, here it is with a head-warmer attached.
Art of War & Peace T-Shirt
Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is held as one of the most ground-breaking military works ever made. Dating back to 5 BC, it’s an understatement to say that the work and its influence have stood the test of time. Honor it on the back of this graphic T-shirt.
For label experts and novices alike, the brand’s Utility Pants are a fan-favorite. Cut from pure original American military cotton sateen, they’re hard-wearing and perfectly stylish at once.
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