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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 styling shoots, including our covers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

The Menswear Designers Finding Inspiration in Travel

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the Elite Traveler Luxury Escapes Edition 2017/2018. From Costa Rica to South Korea, designers have pulled inspiration from pieces as varied as metallic woven bracelets and indigenous patterns. Nepal Shamballa Leading the charge in the men’s jewelry world, and providing a very persuasive argument, co-founder and creative director of Shamballa mads Kornerup lives and perfectly epitomizes the […]

Match Your Jewelry’s Stone to Your Vacation

By Kristen Shirley

Deciding which jewelry to bring on vacation is always a dilemma. It’s difficult to find the perfect statement piece that is also casual enough to blend in wherever you end up. Our recommendation is to pick distinctive earrings in a brightly colored stone and keep the rest of your look simple. And if you can match the stone’s origin to […]

Marking the 10th Anniversary of Ateliers deMonaco

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ateliers deMonaco, whose launch was the culmination of Fredérique Constant head watchmaker Pim Koeslag and CEO Peter Stas’s lifelong dream of creating a minute repeater. The brand focuses exclusively on high horology, blending Monaco’s enduring glamour with Swiss precision. In 10 short […]

The Best Travel Inspired Swimwear

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the Elite Traveler Luxury Escapes Edition 2017/2018. Swimwear is heavily influenced by travel, and for good reason. Designers pull inspiration from the stripes of a beach house, the colors of the sand and the sun setting over the ocean. MOROCCO Jade Swim In her minimalist but never boring collection, former fashion editor Brittany Kozerski employs her trained […]

A Modern Ode: The FB 1.4 Chronometer

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. A modern ode to a revered 18th-century watchmaker who created marine chronometers and was the official clockmaker to the French king and navy, Ferdinand Berthoud is a special division within Chopard. This group of watchmakers is dedicated to interpreting his works through a 21st-century lens using high-horology techniques. In […]

This Seasons’s Fab Floral Womenswear

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Even though it’s only resort season, spring has sprung. Delicate floral patterns appeared throughout the collections. Rosie Assoulin used flowers on elegant gowns, as seen here, and on crop tops, dresses and even a pair of overalls. CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Brock Collection has taken the industry by storm […]

The Bulgari Watch Made Exclusively for Maserati Owners

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Car and watch collaborations are a dime a dozen—it seems like every prestigious car brand has a luxury watch bearing its name. How to stand out from the crowd? For starters, reserve the watches exclusively for the car owners. Add on a dial design inspired by a car’s dashboard […]

Purple Jewelry for Modern Royalty

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. While we are far from the days when Queen Elizabeth I forbade anyone outside the royal family from wearing purple, the color remains associated with power, prestige, wealth and yes, royalty. Channel your inner queen with these purple jewels, which feature amethyst, tanzanite and sapphires. From Cartier’s latest high-jewelry […]

The Timepieces Made for Travelers

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the Elite Traveler Luxury Escapes Edition 2017/2018. Watches with a changeable strap allow you to travel the globe with just one timepiece that works for every occasion, whether it’s swimming in the ocean, hiking a mountain or a black-tie dinner. Take yours on an-around-the-world private jet trip. Baume & Mercier Classima Chronograph Responding to clients’ desires to […]

Into the Deep: Playful Ocean-Inspired Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Whether it’s a playful octopus swimming in the ocean’s depths or a palm tree swaying gently on the beach, the marine world offers plenty of inspiration for designers. In a recent addition to his beloved Crazymals series, de Grisogono founder Fawaz Gruosi rendered an endearing octopus called Buddy in […]