Celebrating International Day of Sign Languages!
Today, we celebrate the International Day of Sign Languages! At Erve, we believe in creating a supportive environment that encourages everyone to feel at ease – from staff to suppliers, partners and customers.
Sign language at Erve
Did you know that we all know some sign language at Erve? In our design team in the Brussels office, we have a deaf colleague – Sara.
Sara has been working at Erve since 2013. “I really love working at Erve,” she says, “because I can do what I love most: drawing a lot and being creative with colleagues that support me on all kinds of levels. They even learned sign language for me!”
Throughout the years, Sara has been teaching sign language to everyone in the Brussels team. We started out with the alphabet and can now all sign fluently!
To communicate with new colleagues – who don’t know sign language yet – Sara reads lips with ease, plus she gives new colleagues weekly lessons in VGT (Vlaamse Gebarentaal, or Flemish Sign Language).
Sign language around the world
With approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide, the different variations of sign languages develop naturally depending on spoken language, cultures and regions. So, just as with spoken languages, there are also dialects in sign language. Across the world, there are over 300 different sign languages.
New designs for a special day
To celebrate today, Sara has created designs inspired by sign language. Reach out if you would like to see her pitch!
Erve is a European leader in character licences and brands. We produce branded fashion and apparel featuring TV, film, cartoon and video game heroes. As part of Erve Group, we have eight offices across three continents and we control the supply chain between raw materials and stores. Starting with our in-house design team and portfolio of licences – we source, produce, pack and transport collections at the request of major fashion retailers. With 37 years in the industry, our dynamic team values growth, transparency and customer focus. Our exceptional quality and sustainable practices have earned us a reputation for excellence.
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