How §2.SWEATER came about
The clothing of §2.SWEATER was made in a sheltered workshop near Ghent. This enabled me not only to implement the social aspect of the production, but also the local dimension.
When I was looking for the social added value of the new chapter, I stumbled upon a sheltered workshop in the neighbourhood. Small groups of employees with a distance to the labour market were working there under the guidance of a supervisor. The activities are adapted to their possibilities.
The demand-driven approach of the clothing department allowed me to pass on my specific wishes. Together with the supervisor of the group, I considered the possibilities. It soon became clear that with a very limited edition I was rather an atypical customer. Yet I immediately felt a connection.
In the end we decided to produce only one of the 4 to 5 models. Not really a variation in models, but therefore the possibility to work with 12 (!) different fabrics. That wasn't self-evident either. Yet it was a challenge that the team grasped with both hands.
In addition to the social aspect of a tailor-made company, there is also the local aspect. It is wonderful to be able to do the meetings in person, to be able to deliver and pick up everything yourself. The transport needed for the collection is minimal compared to the traditional approach. This 'made in Belgium' story is something to be proud of.