Dilip Kapur was born in New Delhi and moved to Pondicherry at the age of six. He grew up in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, went to school at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from Princeton University in International Affairs, Mr. Kapur completed his PH.D at University of Denver, School of International Studies in International Affairs. Mr. Kapur took up a job in a leather company while pursuing his PH.D. It was during those nine months that he recognised his passion towards the art of crafting leather. He returned to India in 1977 to live in Auroville and started Hidesign, a two-man artisan shop, as a hobby in 1978 and has since masterminded Hidesign to its current leadership position. He still teaches students in Auroville on International affairs. He often takes walks in the forests of Auroville with his dogs, rides his Enfield and likes to travel when he can.