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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 New Personal Helicopter by SureFly

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. The day when reality looks like a scene from a futuristic sci-fi movie where flying cars fill the skies has come a bit closer with the news that SureFly’s eVTOL aircraft has entered FAA type certification. This personal helicopter looks more like a passenger-sized drone than helicopter—it has eight […]

A Closer Look: the Innovative Timepieces by Lang & Heyne

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. With masterfully finished and innovative movements paired with classic dials, independent German watch brand Lang & Heyne has carved out a niche for itself in the watch world. Collectors looking for something different, but with the highest quality, turn to the Dresden-based manufacture. Its in-house movements highlight not-frequently-used finishing […]

Behind the Scenes with Graff

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Known for its incredible high jewelry, as well as acquisition and polishing of some of the world’s most famous diamonds, including the Letšeng Star (a 550-carat rough diamond) and the Magnificence (the largest emerald-cut D flawless diamond in the world), Graff’s exquisite craftsmanship and exceptional stones set it apart […]

Travel Style with Indré Rockefeller

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. After a career in fashion and obtaining an MBA from Stanford University, Indré Rockefeller founded the super-chic luggage company Paravel. In her travels around the world sourcing the coolest new fashion designers, she was disappointed that the luggage she saw was utilitarian and not reflective of the fabulous destinations […]

Golden Orbs in High Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Celestial bodies, bubbles and golden cages filled with rock crystal are just a few of the ways that designers showcase the brilliance of gold. Several of these pieces twist and twirl, revealing secret stones or transforming into something new. Marina B Atomo necklace in 18K yellow gold, $39,000, Marina […]

A Closer Look at Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Patek Philippe dedicates countless hours to preserving uncommon artistic métiers in its ultra-exclusive collection of clocks and watches — Rare Handcrafts. Many pieces are never seen in public; they pass nearly directly from the workshop to the client’s hands. CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL Patek Philippe creates only a handful of beautiful dome […]

First Flight: Experiencing the Icon A5

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. No runway? No problem. With a sense of adventure, the only limit to the all-new Icon A5 light-sport aircraft is the amount of free time you have to explore. Approaching the tiny plane on the tarmac at Westchester Airport, I had to wonder if I’d gone too far.Was I […]

The Seasons’s Most Feminine Trend

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Bring some romance into your wardrobe with the season’s most feminine trend, dark florals. Boucheron high jewelry flower ring in titanium and 18K yellow gold with 5.99-carat purple sapphire, pavé spessartite garnets and pavé colored sapphires, price on request, Boucheron in London, +44 207 514 9170, boucheron.com

Moonlight Skiing in St Moritz

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. What could make skiing in glitzy St Moritz an even more exclusive affair? Closing down Corvatsch mountain during the full moon and skiing by moonlight, of course. Three times a season, Glüna Plaina (which means “full moon” in Romansh, one of Switzerland’s four national languages) provides an enchanting opportunity […]

Into the Wild from Sheldon Chalet

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Only from a remote spot atop a glacier, hours from civilization, could you walk outside your room and see some of the world’s most majestic sights. At ultra-luxury lodge Sheldon Chalet, you won’t sacrifice comfort in exchange for your proximity to the Alaskan wilderness. Read on for an exclusive […]