By: Mark Thomas
"I launched my blogsite 1dpapperlatino.com about year ago. The reason I launched the blog was to speak about the three things in life I love most and I think everyone does as well: fashion, home decor and food. Who doesn't like those three things?"
Mr. Montes' works as an Interior Decorator, "That's my bread and butter." His blog is a labor of love that showcases his creativity for future clients as well as incorporating his love for style and food. "Instead of having a portfolio or book, I put my work on the website so people can take a look," he notes.
Montes grew up in Texas, the son of Mexican immigrants. Prior to relocating to Kansas City, he worked in the family dealership and briefly as a massage therapist. From an early age he had a passion for decorating, a passion that was fostered by his mother, who valued his youthful input, "I've been doing it for years for friends and friends of friends. I have always been told I have a good eye."
Montes finds that many of his clients are younger than he initially expected. He's able to assist the young and time crunched with tasteful and timely home decor. While most of his jobs are residential he has recently added some commercial projects. "There is no job for me too small or too big," he says with a smile.
The first year of his decorating business has been a whirlwind of establishing accounts with suppliers, putting together legal paperwork, and building a website, or as he says, "dotting a lot of 'i's and crossing a lot of 't's!"
His blog also generates business as well as attention. Several designers have reached out to him to showcase product. Montes is often recognized in restaurants outside the metro area for his succinct commentary. For the fashion shots on the blog, Montes hires a professional photographer to make sure the look is right. "Everything that has come so far, I'm just thankful for. I'm letting things grow organically."
Montes also emphasizes that the 1 in 1dapperlatino indicates his ethic of building his business and brand himself. Dapper and Latino round out a very accurate description.
Josh is a member of both the MAGLCC and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. He serves on the MAGLCC board of directors and is focused on continued diversity and inclusiveness for the Chamber. "I want to reach out to both Gay and Straight Latinos that are in business. We are all in this to help each other. The chamber (MAGLCC) is not a clique or a country club...it's valuable."
Jogging, reading and "cooking when I can" are his recreational activities.
Initially Montes felt some culture shock after transplanting, but says, "Kansas City has been good to me. I continue to meet wonderful people."
He closes with, "We all eat, we all get dressed and we all care about our surroundings."
You can read his blog at 1dapperlatino.com/ or follow on Instagram 1dapperlatino