Kristen Shirley

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Kristen Shirley is a New York-based luxury expert, writer, and editor who covers travel, fashion, fine watches, jewelry, wine, and spirits. She is currently a contributing editor to Forbes.com and Nobleman, and a freelance writer for luxury publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Travel + Leisure, and Robb Report. Passionate about craftsmanship, rare gemstones, and supporting independent designers, Kristen began her career at Elle in the fashion department, where she trained under former style director Kate Lanphear before becoming the associate market editor. She later went on to become the luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler, where she led the print and digital teams and spearheaded a redesign of the print edition and the website. An avid traveler and foodie, Kristen is drawn to tropical destinations where she can scuba dive, sip rosé on the beach, saber Champagne, shuck oysters, and learn about all things caviar.

• 10+ years of experience covering fashion, style, fine watches, and jewelry
• Received an applied jewelry professional certificate from the Gemological Institute of America
• Received the level 3 award in wine from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, which she passed with distinction
• Received a bachelor's degree in French at Georgetown University
• Studied abroad at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and attended international high schools in Frankfurt and London
•Speaks French
• Founder of La Patiala, a luxury encyclopedia that covers travel, food, wine, spirits, style, beauty, watches, jewelry, and more

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A Wheels Up private plane on a tarmac
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The interior of the Regiis Ova Champagne Lounge
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Exterior of The Mark Hotel during Christmastime
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Floral artist, Azuma Mokoto partners with Glenmorangie for a beautiful floral design on limited edition bottles
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An XO Cessna private jet in flight
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Interior of Multi-sensory art installation in New England This Fall — presented by cartier
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