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Kristen Shirley

Kristen Shirley

Kristen is the luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler and regularly travels the globe looking for the hottest destinations and most decadent hotels, testing new private jets and sourcing the best fashion, watches and jewels. She also has deep connections to food, wine and spirits, frequently interviewing the world's best chefs and most prestigious winemakers and distillers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

A Stunning Selection of Luxury Jewelry Watches

By Kristen Shirley

Few timepieces are as breathtakingly beautiful as high-jewelry watches. Secret watches hide tiny dials underneath sensational stones, and some watchmakers decorate classic shapes and automatic movements with gem-set designs. Bulgari, Serpenti Misteriosi Intrecciati The Serpenti has been a jewelry and timepiece icon since its debut in the 1960s and, this year, Bulgari introduced the first version with a beaded bracelet. […]

Women’s Luxury Winter Fashion: Wild, Wild West

By Kristen Shirley

Embrace fringe, denim and suede. Designers looked to classic Western style and updated it with gold details and pops of color for a modern take. Above: Versace denim dress, $1,795, earrings, $300, foulard, $450, bolo tie, $350, Virtus bag, $2,975, baroque belt, $475, leather bracelet, $650, ankle boots, $2,475; denim jacket, $2,925, blouse, $1,125, suede skirt, $2,450, earrings, $675, bolo […]

An Inside Look at the WSET

By Kristen Shirley

Enjoying wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but choosing wine and building a collection can be an anxiety-inducing prospect for many people. Of course, through collecting, tasting and visiting vineyards, many people develop a great passion and understanding of wine. But if you are the studious type, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) offers superb classes for oenophiles. […]

Dr Sylvia Earle on Protecting The Ocean

By Kristen Shirley

The most well-known — certainly the most fun — marine scientist, conservationist, aquanaut and oceanographer alive, Dr Sylvia Earle has tirelessly advocated for the ocean for over half a century. She speaks with Kristen Shirley about her incomparable career and why she still has hope for the oceans. The list of prestigious honors and world firsts is long for the […]

Behind the Scenes: Van Cleef & Arpels

By Kristen Shirley

Each year, Van Cleef & Arpels’ president and CEO, Nicolas Bos, dreams up a romantic theme for the firm’s exquisite high-jewelry collections. He’s taken us into the ocean’s depths, reimagined classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, and brought to life pairs of charming animals aboard Noah’s Ark. Now, he whisks us to fair Verona in an ode to William […]

The Future of Dom Pérignon with Vincent Chaperon

By Kristen Shirley

As a vintage-only champagne, Dom Pérignon exclusively releases champagne during a good year. Even with its discerning standards, certain vintages become the stuff of legends. Wine critics hailed 2002 as one of the best vintages of the past 30 years, comparing it to the superb 1996. Seventeen years after this magical, warm growing season in Champagne, Dom Pérignon releases the […]

Inside Stefano Ricci’s Amazing Antique Silk Factory

By Kristen Shirley

In an unassuming building in Florence, a team of dedicated women handcraft some of the world’s most exclusive fabrics using ancient looms. The Antico Setificio Fiorentino (ASF) is a place filled with history, where silk threads are created on a warping machine, the orditoio, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and semi-mechanical looms from the 19th century are referred to as […]

Travel Diaries with Shalini Kasliwal of The Gem Palace

By Kristen Shirley

No trip to Jaipur, India would be complete without visiting the historic Gem Palace. Generations of travelers, royalty and celebrities have come to ogle traditional Indian jewelry, sensational diamonds and significant stones. Now, siblings Samir and Shalini Kasliwal, the ninth generation to work in the family business, run the company in India and in the US. While the half-Italian, half-Indian […]

H Moser & Cie CEO Edouard Meylan on Modernizing Tradition

By Kristen Shirley

Since acquiring independent watchmaker H Moser & Cie in 2012, CEO Edouard Meylan has shaken up the sometimes staid watch world. He speaks to Kristen Shirley about changing the status quo. A watch covered in live plants, a perpetual calendar without a way to identify it as a perpetual calendar and the infamous Swiss Mad watch, with a case made […]

Men’s Fall Fashion: Camel Craze

By Kristen Shirley

There’s something super-chic about wearing head-to-toe camel hues. Test the trend with a cashmere sweater and an elegant overcoat or a pair of Chelsea boots and a timeless leather backpack. Above: Fendi jacket, $1,290, shirt, $490, trousers, $1,290, soft travel case, $2,290, Cuban-heel shoes, $990, Fendi in New York, +1 212 897 2244, fendi.com Above: Ghurka Blazer No 278 backpack […]