Jogging, More than Just a Concept

Jogging, More than Just a Concept

Jogging, a name with a ring to it, and which, above all, resonates with the ingenious desire of two local children, Olivier Amsellem and Charlotte Brunet, to create a space in the heart of Marseille where design, fashion and art communicate uncompromisingly and simply. Olivier, a talented photographer, meets Charlotte, an actress from Marseille, which was elected Capital of Culture in 2013. Then, a place. The hooks, the crumbling walls of the old butcher’s shop remain: in short, taking on a spirit that perfectly suits the collections on display. A sharp selection, Jacquemus, Yazbukey, Adieu Paris, Olympia Le Tan, the publisher Moustache, Jean Baptiste Fastrez’s lighting and many others. The list is long and impressive. In addition, there is a gallery area and recurring partnerships with artists from all disciplines. To top it all off, a pop-up restaurant takes up its summer quarters in the small shady courtyard. On the menu, a chef in residence, fresh products – local of course – and meticulously prepared for a delicious result. Jogging thus pursues its vision, intertwining insatiable curiosity with its search for the exceptional and an ethic that places the human, creativity and benevolence at the centre of everything.

, 103 Rue Paradis – 13006 Marseille. Opening: 11am – 7pm, on monday. 10:30am-7pm, from tuesday to saturday. Phone: +33(0)4 91 81 44 94.

Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet

Charlotte, Olivier, can you tell us about your background?

Charlotte

Before I founded Jogging, I spent 15 years working in the marketing field, and spent seven years putting together the european capital of culture, which took place in Marseilles and Provence in 2013. Jogging naturally fell within the scope of this major event, which transformed the region and helped the shared project with Olivier, Jogging, to make sense.

Olivier

For my part, I’m a photographer!

How did Jogging come about?

Charlotte & Olivier

The idea behind Jogging came from our shared desire to deliver a fashion, art and food concept in Marseilles, giving the city an innovative, avant-garde cultural home.

Why did you choose the name?

Charlotte & Olivier

We invent and create nothing when we are alone. We have always reached out to artists. It was Marion Duclos Mailaender, a close friend and designer from Marseilles, who gave us the name and the idea for Jogging. It’s heavily influenced by 80s and 90s Marseilles, with its IAM, hip hop, and the Vélodrome stadium. We had this image of a boy in tracksuit bottoms and moccasins, with a Mao collar satin shirt open above a bare torso with a gold chain or a Cartier coffee bean chain necklace, with short, gelled hair and a hot Mediterranean girlfriend wearing a mini skirt, perched on top of a Honda Dax bike. The concept of happiness has a very specific meaning here, because it is linked to the idea that poverty in no way stops you from being happy.

Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Jogging, More than Just a Concept
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Jogging, More than Just a Concept
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet

What were the premises originally used as? How did you develop the design?

Charlotte & Olivier

The property was originally a butcher’s shop. We embarked on a very ambitious project, then finally we decided (due partly to lack of funds, and partly by choice) to focus on l’Arte Povera. That is to say, we wanted to remove anything superficial and retain the building’s heritage, which suited the rustic, Mediterranean concept. For that reason, we kept everything from the butcher’s shop, including the name of the very talented former owner on the door. You wouldn’t have thought so, but it put us under a lot of pressure to live up to the standards of the butcher’s shop on the Rue Paradis! Certainly, it was the equivalent of Yves Saint Laurent after Colette!

Who handled the décor? What were your aims?

Charlotte & Olivier

We wanted a very Mediterranean, traditional feel that would be far removed from all the clichés of a traditional shop with spotlights and decorations. We hate plasterboard and the way it’s used today. We would do anything to avoid covering up reality!

How do you choose the brands, designers and artists that you exhibit?

Charlotte & Olivier

We chose our brands from young, emerging labels that didn’t have any presence in Marseilles at the time. There was never any question for us of doing what others do, but to innovate in everything that we do instead.

Jogging, More than Just a Concept
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Jogging, More than Just a Concept
Jogging, More than Just a Concept

Let’s talk about the flavours. How did you create the restaurant?

Charlotte & Olivier

Naturally, flavour is part of our life, and the cuisine takes us back to our roots. The place is magical: our cooks, our guests, and we all delight in being able to bring it to life.

How would you describe the world of Jogging and its philosophy?

Charlotte & Olivier

Imagine the south and dream: everlasting love, overexposure to life, and the Mediterranean. Our guiding principle has always been motivated by the desire to completely redefine the concept of retail by putting lifestyle at the heart of everything we do. That lifestyle relates both to our brands, and our own, powerful identity. We are conscious of taking risks but we can’t complain about making less profit than 20 years ago, as other shops do. We take what we are given by our partners and customers, and by life itself!

Any upcoming plans or dreams?

Charlotte & Olivier

I dream of wanting more! We have lots of irons in the fire but we don’t like saying too much about them beforehand. We are just like any other southern family – very superstitious!

Jogging, More than Just a Concept
Jogging, More than Just a Concept
Boutique Restaurant Éphémère Terrasse Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Restaurant Éphémère Terrasse Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet
Boutique Restaurant Éphémère Terrasse Marseille Jogging Olivier Amsellem Charlotte Brunet

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