A unique place with a commitment to people and the environment.
In 2010, we’ve opened our first store, Centre Commercial in Paris close to Canal Saint Martin. A place that combines fashion, design and environmental commitment.
“At the beginning nobody believed that we’d succeed. 13 years later we have customers from all over the world visiting our shop. We started with a team of 3 people, now we are more than 20 people. The space has been hybrid since the beginning and still is today.” - Sébastien Kopp, co-founder of VEJA and Centre Commercial.
Centre Commercial was created by Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion – friends since high school who founded the sneaker brand VEJA in 2005. The name Centre Commercial is a reference to the work of philosopher Bernard Stiegler and American sociologist Mike Davis on consumption.
"Centre Commercial first started as the project’s code name, but eventually became the shop’s actual name – intended to redefine what consumption should be,” said Sebastien Kopp.
The store offers a premium selection and chooses its brands with great care. Products are all responsibly manufactured, and you can often find labels that read Made in France, Organic, etc. The selection of fashion projects combines transparency in manufacturing and sophisticated aesthetics.
“We wished to open a place where creators and builders – who are industry leaders – can express themselves. ” said Sébastien in reference to brands that include Norse Projects, Arpenteur, Battenwear, Porter Yoshida, Paraboot, Baserange, Lady White, Studio Nicholson, A Kind Of Guise, Coltesse, Kowtow, Amca Oval, Justine Clenquet, and many more.
As consumers evolve, so do their buying habits. Since the beginning, Centre Commercial has stood out as a leader in the growing conscious consumption trend. Today, we’re able to know where and how our clothes are manufactured, but for those who aren’t there yet (and for those who are), Centre Commercial is a destination.
CENTRE COMMERCIAL, MORE THAN A SHOP
Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillon’s goal is to create a place where their passions and inspirations can meet and mix. A place that combines fashion, design and ecology, housing incredible projects that nobody believes in. To help promote those projects, Centre Commercial regularly hosts events and collaborations. In total, more than 100 events have taken place in the shop’s first thirteen years. These receptions aim to draw a connection between people and projects. Centre Commercial is the proof that you can both wear well-designed clothes and respect people and the environment. Through the brands that Centre Commercial works with, this has expanded from just being an idea to a reality.