How This Resortwear Designer Does Vacation
Tagging along in Mexico with J.J. Martin.
Imagine your day job required you to fly halfway across the world to paradise, where your days are filled with piña coladas, strolling through ancient ruins nested in a tropical jungle, and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Diane Kruger and Jason Wu. Well, if you’re Cov-alum J.J. Martin, designer of La Double J, this is your reality. But because we couldn’t join her on this particularly fabulous (international) celebration of her new pop-up shop at Hotel Esencia, she let us tag along by way of her personal photo diary. Click through the below to see her amazing Mexican working vacation.
“I flew from Milan to Mexico for the opening of a pop-up shop for my clothing label Double J Editions at Hotel Esencia on the Mayan Riviera. It was a remarkable place—perfectly remote and yet wonderfully chic at the same time. We were right on the Caribbean Sea with wonderful weather, great yoga and lots of friends. The hotel put together a fantastic cocktail party and outdoor pop-up shop under the coconut trees, where guests like Jason Wu, Jane Lauder, Fabien Baron and Diane Kruger all swung by to check out our new collection. The collection features all new clothes made from vintage patterns from the 1920s-1980s, which we have taken from the Mantero silk archive in Lake Como. We also brought along a lot of the vintage jewelry we sell on ladoublej.com and special pillows we made exclusively for Hotel Esencia. I like the remote, traditional parts of Mexico that are far from crowds: I really enjoyed the paradise found at the hotel, as well as our special trip to Coba, a tiny village with ancient Mayan ruins that I found completely fascinating. Valladolid, a colonial town with wonderful little shops was a highlight. It was truly a fabulous trip.”