Going the distance
A new label, eight thousand miles, sells ethically, locally and lovingly made bright play clothes for kids
Shweyta Mudgal says one of the things she missed most about her hometown, Mumbai, when she moved to New York City in the US over a decade ago, was the convenience of a neighbourhood tailor. Sick of shopping on the high street through the year, Mudgal says shopping for mix-and-match printed fabrics and meetings with the nearest “masterji" were always at the top of her “When-in-Mumbai" to-do lists. In an attempt to stock her two-year-old daughter’s wardrobe with more than just pink, “princess" clothing bought from stores like Gap and H&M, Mudgal managed to coax her dressmakers into stitching comfortable clothes for her toddler too.