• LaDoubleJ pop-up shop at Hotel Esencia, photograph courtesy of the hotel

  • LaDoubleJ print pillows for Hotel Esencia, photograph courtesy of the hotel

  • From left: Juan Carlos, Hotel Esencia owner Kevin Wendle, J.J Martin and Alessandro Rossi at the opening party, photograph courtesy of the hotel
Longtime editor J.J. Martin is a hardcore Milan stalwart — it’s her love for the city that led to the launch of the online vintage destination LaDoubleJ. “I wanted to really shine the light on all of the incredible people, places and things that I have discovered in this town as a fashion and design journalist over the last 14 years,” she told us when the site launched. “[It’s about] making vintage more fun and easily shoppable while peeling back the layers on Milan.”

Still, that doesn’t mean one of Milan’s greatest cheerleaders doesn’t get a pang of wanderlust here and there. This month, Martin teams up with Hotel Esencia, on the Mexican Riviera, for a LaDoubleJ pop-up shop and accompanying capsule collection, which strikes the same kaleidoscopic chord for which Martin is known — e.g. splashy print dresses using vintage fabrics from Italy. And it turns out that the 29-room resort — filled with works by Pablo Picasso, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Serge Mouille — could not be a better home away from home for LaDoubleJ; it was initially built as a hideaway estate for an Italian duchess.