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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.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern on Revolutionizing a Historic Brand

By Kristen Shirley

How do you revolutionize a historic watch brand without abandoning its heritage? Breitling CEO Georges Kern, tells Kristen Shirley how he is shaking up the brand — and upending the watch industry — in his quest to make Breitling one of today’s most coveted brands. “When a train passes by, you have to jump on it.” Anyone who has met […]

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A Look at Five Beautiful Floral Watches

By Kristen Shirley

These carved and gilded dials prove that floral watches don’t need to be pink to be beautiful, and beneath these artistic dials lie precise mechanical movements. Graff, MasterGraff Floral Graff perfectly unites a feminine aesthetic, gem setting and a mechanical movement in the MasterGraff Floral timepiece. White-gold flowers bloom across the white mother-of-pearl dial, and to show the movement is […]

Behind the Scenes with Parmigiani Fleurier

By Kristen Shirley

Chances are, even if you don’t have a Parmigiani Fleurier watch, one piece in your collection has parts that its parent company, the Sandoz Family Foundation, manufactured. Its factories are a veritable treasure trove of components made for Parmigiani Fleurier and for the world’s most prestigious brands. While most of its clients require anonymity, some of its more high-profile clients […]

The Best Grand Tourers of 2020: Bentley Continental GT V8

By Kristen Shirley

Designed to handle high speeds and great distances in chorus, Grand Tourers function as both a bragging right and cornerstone for any car manufacturer. Possessing power, grace and beauty, GTs typically include enough seats for four passengers plus luggage, as well as the ability to pass anything that may interfere with its continent-crossing intentions. Few places on Earth are as […]

A Message from Elite Traveler on Covid-19

By Kristen Shirley

Just a few weeks ago, people were happily planning business trips, spring break getaways and summer vacations. How quickly things have changed. Travel has been restricted, flights have been canceled, hotels and restaurants are closing, and there is a pervading sense of fear and uncertainty as Covid-19 spreads across the world.  At Elite Traveler, our globe-trotting staff and contributors’ travel […]

Jungle-inspired Looks to Shake Off the Winter Blues

By Kristen Shirley

Shake off the winter blues with these fanciful tropical prints and jewelry, and maybe even a toucan or two. Above: Dolce & Gabbana dress, $2,495, modaoperandi.com, dolcegabbana.com Above: Valentino dress, $8,500, Valentino in New York, +1 212 355 5811, valentino.com Above: Versace dress, $48,375, bandeau, $225, earrings, $2,475, body chain, $2,475, necklace, $850, belt, $2,475 clutch, $4,595, Versace in New […]

Leaders in Luxury: Jacob Arabo of Jacob & Co

By Kristen Shirley

Very few jewelers are recognizable by just their first name, but Jacob the Jeweler is no ordinary man. At Jacob & Co, he creates mega-watt jewelry for hip hop stars and socialites, as well as multi-million-dollar timepieces for watch collectors. He speaks exclusively to us about his inimitable career, his inspiration and what is next. How did you become interested […]

The Oberoi Rajvilas

Just outside Jaipur’s hectic city center lies a tranquil oasis: The Oberoi Rajvilas. The resort covers 32 perfectly manicured acres filled with stunning Indian architecture, including a 280-year-old temple, a pool with elephant sculptures and charming fringed umbrellas, dozens of strutting peacocks, grand suites and luxury tents. Wherever you go, you are greeted by Oberoi’s famously warm, attentive and hospitable […]

Leaders in Luxury: Sony Mordechai of Imperia Caviar

By Kristen Shirley

Sony Mordechai is on a mission to get everyone to eat caviar, and not reserve it for special occasions. His new company, Imperia Caviar, sells directly to consumers and offers the world’s first caviar club. Here, we have an exclusive interview. Why did you start Imperia Caviar?  I have always been passionate about discovering something valuable or new and sharing […]

Leaders in Luxury: Dave Rudman

By Kristen Shirley

As it expands on its global mission to educate wine professionals and consumers, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has transformed from a small, UK-focused educational charity to a global company that offers qualifications in over 70 countries in more than 15 languages. Elite Traveler exclusively speaks with Dave Rudman, DipWSET Executive Director – WSET Americas, about the educational […]