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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.

Celebrating the Innovative Watches of Voutilainen

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. One of the industry’s most beloved independent watchmakers, Kari Voutilainen is as well-known for his artistry and dedication to métiers d’art as he is for his innovative, and sometimes mind-bending, timepieces featuring in-house movements. Voutilainen uses traditional horology techniques, but the resulting timepieces are anything but traditional thanks to […]

The Ultimate Gift Guide

By Kristen Shirley

Glamorous jewels and complicated timepieces are just a few of the special gifts in our ultimate guide. Graff necklace in platinum, 18K white gold and 18K yellow gold with 48.37 carats yellow diamonds and 67.61 carats white diamonds, price on request, available at Graff in New York, +1 212 355 9292, graffdiamonds.com A Girl’s Best Friend Bulgari High Jewelry necklace […]

Zenith Unveils World’s Most Accurate Mechanical Watch

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Zenith unveils Defy Lab, what it calls the world’s most accurate mechanical watch. This is possible because of a new oscillator: a single piece of 0.5mm-thick silicon that replaces the traditional sprung balance. This innovation allows it to oscillate at a frequency five times higher (15 Hz) than a […]

John Lobb Launches Women’s Ready-to-Wear Collection

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. With a female artistic director, Paula Gerbase, in house, it’s a natural evolution for storied men’s shoemaker John Lobb to reintroduce its women’s ready-to-wear collection (bespoke women’s shoes were always available in its Paris atelier, and Gerbase tells us that women have been buying the men’s shoes in smaller […]

Radiant Rubies for the Holiday Season

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Rubies have long been considered the ‘king of all gemstones,’ but we love rubellites and red sapphires nearly as much. And yes,while red stones are perfect for the holiday season, these pieces feature stunning craftsmanship and stones that are well suited to wear year-round. At Graff and Bayco, rubies […]

The Season’s Most Covetable Colorful Coats

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Winter blues? Not when you’re wearing a fabulous coat in a Crayola-bright color. Solid-colored, color-blocked or in a sharp print—we love them all. Embrace head-to-toe color courtesy of Givenchy, where streetwear influences are tempered by over-the-knee boots and a flared skirt. At Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld makes sharply tailored plaid […]

Introducing A Lange & Söhne’s Handwerkskunst Timepiece

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. In a showcase of its manufacture’s skill and artistic prowess, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst is the sixth limited-edition timepiece to bear A Lange & Söhne’s prestigious handwerkskunst (craftsmanship) designation. Testing its artisans, A Lange & Söhne combines engraving and enameling for the first time on a dial. […]

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Voyagez with Louis Vuitton at a New Exhibit

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. Travel and Louis Vuitton. For over 150 years, the two have been inextricably linked. And while classic monogrammed trunks covered in stamps from exotic destinations instantly come to mind, there’s so much more, as you can see firsthand at the house’s New York exhibit, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. For its […]

Securing the Unbookable Suites of Las Vegas

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler. While Las Vegas is famous for its over-the-top hotels, some of its most lavish suites are kept a secret and are only known in high roller circles. Cosmopolitan introduces a set of brand new suites for its guests at private gaming salon, The Reserve, which has a minimum of […]