[private] Who & Where From?: Jean DeMont, 30, a Paris-born architect, has graduated from Paris’ Ecole des Beux-Arts and UNAM in Mexico where he focused on tropical design and natural cooling environments. He first came to the island in 1999 after completing a volunteer project in southern Honduras. Jean stayed six months and designed Roatan’s original sushi restaurant–Japanese Safarysea. He has been coming to the island every year since, sometimes to relax, other times to offer his design services. “Roatan will always be a part of what I do,” says the young architect.
What & Why: We caught up with Jean at his office in Pineapple Villas where he has spent the last four months designing a project of condominiums in West Bay. His J&M dark blue stressed jeans were bought in Paris for a nifty 20 Euros. Holding them up was a white adjustable belt with a stainless steel buckle. The surplus Collette style accessory was purchased at Collette Paris store for another 20 Euros. “I love shopping at the Marais designer fashion stores,” says Jean, who lives in Marais, one of the French capital’s hippest neighborhoods. Keeping Jean flopping and flipping was a pair of Havaiana off-white flip-flops- purchased for 40 Euros at a street store in Lisbon. Jean’s black knit Lacoste shirt was found at a Paris Lacoste store–90 Euros. “It’s sporty, not too hot and I like black … and white,” says Jean. Completing his look were a pair of Reiz frames with prescription lenses. A purchase at Oliver People store for 450 Euros.
In Conclusion: “Here I am restricting myself. The island hasn’t quite [and might never] embraced the progressive fashion. I wear much simpler clothes than in Pars, but I am still comfortable,” says Jean. “The one thing I haven’t yet done here is wear my belt without looping them through the belt loops.” [/private]