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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.

The 9 Best Hotel Suites in San Francisco

By Kristen Shirley

San Francisco proudly bears a reputation as one of the most diverse and quirkiest cities in the US. The city and the neighboring Silicon Valley are the epicenter of global technology; there is a strong cultural presence with world-class museums and art galleries; its Chinatown is the oldest and largest in the US.  There is no shortage of incredible sights […]

Men’s Fall Fashion: All About Corduroy

By Kristen Shirley

The Seventies are back in full force. The resurgence of corduroy (although this time, it’s tailored and elevated) heralds a new era for the fabric — wear it in traditional blazer form, an unexpected jacket or a sleek loafer. Above: Salvatore Ferragamo corduroy puffer jacket, $2,600, button-down shirt, $630, t-shirt, $430, trousers, $730, Salvatore Ferragamo in New York, +1 212 […]

Inside the Revamped Raffles Singapore

By Kristen Shirley

When Raffles Singapore closed in 2017 for a complete renovation, its dedicated guests were worried. Would the hotel retain its colonial charm? Was it possible to respect its heritage and compete with the slate of new-build hotels that tower around it? Two years later, Raffles emerged transformed and renewed, ready to delight repeat guests with its historic sense of place […]

Women’s Fall Fashion: Pale Pistachio

By Kristen Shirley

Give shades of mint and pistachio the green light this fall. Go all in with a luxurious green coat, or choose jade jewelry for a subtle accent. Above: Sally LaPointe Jade leather trench coat with fur collar, $7,500, sallylapointe.com Above: Marc Jacobs Mint Shetland coat, $2,200, Mint Shetland knee-length skirt, $950, Olive plaid button-down shirt, $450, Melange sweater with scarf, […]

Behind the Scenes: Fendi Mini Peekaboo

By Kristen Shirley

Since its introduction in 2009, Fendi’s peekaboo, the ‘anti it bag,’ has appeared in countless iterations on the runway. We head to the Fendi Atelier and Scuola di Pelletteria (leather school) in Tuscany, Italy to see how the company’s limited-edition Mini Peekaboo bags are made. Everything begins with the famed Selleria Cuoio Romano leather. This naturally grained leather is vegetable […]

Four Incredible Luxury Clock Designs

By Kristen Shirley

As we celebrate 2019’s Top 50 Watches, here we highlight the original form of timekeeping: clocks. Today’s clocks are both incredible technical masterpieces and works of art. As manufacturers are not bound by the constraints of small case sizes, their ingenuity, technical prowess and creativity can be on full display. MB&F, Medusa Price: $27,850 Together with its longtime friend, L’Epée […]

Christian Louboutin on Why Time is the Ultimate Luxury

By Kristen Shirley

Since his first encounter as a teenager with the magical kingdom of Bhutan, French designer Christian Louboutin has been entranced with its architecture, art and people. He speaks to Kristen Shirley about culture, tradition and craftsmanship. Is it possible to conquer the world with stilettos? If you’re looking at the meteoric rise and enduring popularity of Christian Louboutin’s ubiquitous red-soled […]

A Dinner with Six Michelin Stars

By Kristen Shirley

Few budding chefs could ever dream of having the legendary chef Thomas Keller accept one of their suggestions, and even fewer could imagine that one day, they would suggest a transcontinental collaboration dinner and have him say yes. This Thursday, very lucky guests will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime dinner when chefs from Gaon, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Seoul, decamp […]

Luxury Jewels that Capture the Ocean’s Magic

By Kristen Shirley

From its vivid plants and charming sea creatures to its undulating waves, the ocean’s magic is captured by jewelers in intricate pieces featuring vibrant tanzanites and blue sapphires. Diamonds that recall the glint of sunlight reflecting off the water’s surface offset their beauty and intense hues. Above: Yeprem earrings in 18K white gold with 12.45 carats diamonds | $40,300, Bergdorf Goodman […]

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

By Kristen Shirley

Earlier this summer, Rolex honored five visionaries and their audacious projects to save the planet, eradicate malaria, help paralyzed people walk again and protect wildlife through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. One major distinguishing factor of these awards is that the laureates are not being honored for past accomplishments. Instead, the awards are given to promising new projects; this year, […]