Real NYC Designer Market is so pleased and excited to welcome Eight Thousand Miles… from Mumbai to New York City… we welcome you and are looking forward to having you!
Eight thousand miles is the diameter of the earth. It is also the distance that separates our two home-cities: Mumbai and New York. ‘Eight thousand miles…’ the brand, is an ode to the idea of multiple homes; a sense of simultaneous belonging to more than one part of the world! At the very core of our young brand lies the belief, that all of us are born as free-spirited, non-conformist wanderers. Take one look at our children and there’s no doubt there!
It is to celebrate this sense of self-expression, that our eight thousand mile long journey begins in Mumbai to transcend all the way, up to New York City. We see ourselves as a platform to promote a cross-cultural-design exchange, teamed with a social enterprise opportunity roped in at the sourcing and production stage.
After our first glance at Eight Thousand Miles we had no doubt they were REAL MAKERS! We are inspired! We are excited! We love all the hard work and images on their social media sites! Facebook Twitter We continued to view their images and read about their work and terrific branding ! Smart.Innovative.Creative.Fabulous.Real. That is what we say! “Wear.Love.Wash.Repeat”
Design: Simply put, our design aesthetic is boho-chic – it embodies the vivacity of the bohemian spirit while marrying it to the minimalism of the uber-modern. The fabric being the focus our sihouettes are simple, our styles playful and comfort is our top priority. Our raison d’être is self-expression.
Our maiden collection – a children’s clothing line – combines our obsession with sourcing the best cottons in a myriad array of prints and colours – with designing a fun, hip and comfortable line of clothing/ bedding for little free-spirited wanderers.
Process: Our fabric means the world to us! We personally pre-wash and pre-shrink all our cotton fabric, before the design patterns are handmade by one of seven women beneficiaries of a Mumbai-based NGO – Aadhar Skill Development Trust (ASDT). ASDT enables the economic independence and self-reliance of lesser privileged women in society by training them in the fields of tailoring, montessori education, beauty services and manufacturing food-products. You can read more about Aadhar and it’s cause here – http://aadharskilldevelopment.org/
Our limited edition ‘layered gypsy skirt’ is handmade by Rehnuma, who lives with her husband and four year old daughter in Agra, India. She tailors these by stitching together leftover scraps of 100% cotton fabrics, sourced from textile mills in Delhi, India. We stumbled upon her work at an arts and crafts fair in Mumbai and are thrilled that she has agreed to come work with us, on this limited edition girls’ skirts line.
Every piece of clothing and bedding designed or sourced at eight thousand miles thus helps put yet another woman from an under-privileged household in India, to work.
Our social and environmental outlook ensures that we up-cycle whenever possible; for instance all our blankets are made of recycled vintage cotton saris that are stitched between two outer newer layers of fabric. Our limited collection of girl’s gypsy skirts are made with leftover scraps of quality cotton fabric, procured from textile mills. We believe in the adaptive re-use of long-lasting fabrics, often re-defining and giving them a whole new life in the process.
Our children’s clothing is available in the following sizes (as per age group) –
zero to one
one to two
two to three
three to four
four to six
six to eight
Reversible Receiving Blankets
Two-sided Baby Quilts
Most of our clothing is loosely fit for the maximum comfort of our little busybodies and is in 100% cotton. We recommend that they be hand-washed separately, line dried and worn often.
We look forward to your arrival! We in inspired ! A shout out to Henry Rollins and yourself – thank you! We don’t think you need to be young to do this. We just think you need to do this!
Because we are all born free-spirited wanderers, aren’t we?
See you soon! Can’t wait!
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