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Christ­mas web­shop, a sign of our local engagement!

Bits of love cre­at­ed a Bruges Christ­mas web­shop for local hand­made prod­ucts. Hand­made and buy­ing local is more impor­tant than ever in these times. 

10/12/2020

Hand­made and buy­ing local­ly is more impor­tant than ever in these times. As a con­sumer, you sup­port the local econ­o­my but you also buy a sus­tain­able prod­uct and you reduce your eco­log­i­cal foot­print. Espe­cial­ly for the end-of-year, Hand­made in Bruges and the Bruges dig­i­tal stu­dio Bits of Love devel­oped a tem­po­rary Christ­mas web­shop. Via www​.sho​phand​madein​brugge​.be you can buy orig­i­nal prod­ucts from more than 30 pro­duc­ers and choose from four themed gift box­es. So, if you are look­ing for a spe­cial gift and want to sup­port the Bruges pro­duc­ers, you should def­i­nite­ly pay a vis­it to this tem­po­rary Christ­mas webshop.

Hand­made in Bruges pro­motes Bruges as a city of inspir­ing cre­ators. Project employ­ee Eve­lyne Demey explains the unique ini­tia­tive. The coro­na mea­sures also had a major impact on the Bruges pro­duc­ers because they often had to tem­porar­i­ly close their stu­dio or shop. That’s why we are giv­ing them extra sup­port dur­ing this end-of-year peri­od: with a tem­po­rary webshop. 

When Bits of Love indi­cat­ed that they want­ed to do some­thing for the local mer­chants, just like we did, we put our shoul­der to the wheel together.”

The Christ­mas web­shop (www​.sho​phand​madein​brugge​.be) has been devel­oped with knowl­edge from Bits of Love and from the pas­sion for local engage­ment. The Bruges dig­i­tal stu­dio and its team reg­u­lar­ly sets up projects around sus­tain­abil­i­ty and social involve­ment. Jes­si­ca Kell­ner of Bits of Love: As a Bruges com­pa­ny, we want­ed to do some­thing for the local com­mu­ni­ty in these strange times. Dur­ing the first lock­down, we devel­oped wan​del​bingo​.be (walk­ing bin­go) for chil­dren. This time we want­ed to sup­port local entre­pre­neurs. We are very fond of hand­made prod­ucts and were, there­fore, imme­di­ate­ly enthu­si­as­tic about the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Hand­made in Bruges for a Christ­mas webshop”.

The ini­tia­tive of Hand­made in Bruges and Bits of Love also receives the full sup­port of the City of Bruges. Pablo Annys (Alder­man for Social Affairs, Work & Enter­prise): The eco­nom­ic impor­tance of the Hand­made in Bruges’ net­work for our city can­not be under­es­ti­mat­ed. The 84 label hold­ers togeth­er gen­er­ate a turnover of more than 23 mil­lion euros, 85% of which is focused on the local mar­ket. The COVID cri­sis has also affect­ed them, which is why this web­shop is an extra boost for all. And the col­lab­o­ra­tion between Hand­made in Bruges and Bits of Love makes it a strong Bruges sto­ry.”

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