Elite Traveler 2019

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FALL 2019



elite traveler

FALL 2019


Carla wears Paul Smith green wool blazer, $1,095, cashmere sweater, $650, wool pants, $495, Paul Smith in New York, +1 646 613 3060, paulsmith.com; Valentino leather boots, $1,370, Valentino in New York, +1 212 355 5811, valentino.com; Delvaux green satin bag, $4,100, Delvaux in New York, +1 212 471 3195, delvaux.com; Boucheron earrings in 18K yellow gold with 30.10 carats malachite and .63 carats diamonds, $13,970, boucheron.com; Brooch, stylist’s own

No matter your age, fall’s arrival always brings the urge to upgrade your wardrobe (blame childhood’s yearly back-to-school shopping trips), so it is the perfect timing for our inaugural Style issue. We have scoured the globe to bring you the best fashion, watches and jewelry for men and women. From sparkling gems in Jaipur, India to Spanish fashion in Madrid’s sunny streets and Fendi’s impeccable Italian craftsmanship in Tuscany, we have left no stone unturned in our search for the finest, and most timeless, pieces out there. In our fashion shoot, we take fall’s ultimate runway trend, monochrome dressing, to the bucolic British countryside’s historic Monkey Island Estate, which recently reopened as a luxury hotel and chic hideaway in Bray, England. We also speak to designer extraordinaire Christian Louboutin about his obsession with travel and his affinity for Bhutan, where he designed a collection with local artisans (aptly named LouBhutan) to celebrate the country’s artistic traditions. The third edition of the year’s Top 50 Watches presented a particular challenge to Roberta Naas, our contributing timepiece editor and one of the world’s preeminent watch journalists. As watchmakers continually strive to outdo each other, narrowing down the field to 50 watches is a tough job, requiring multiple trips to Switzerland to see the watches in person. If you’re looking to get away rather than shop, take to the high seas with our Top Yacht Itineraries. You’ll find exclusive journeys and the yachts to charter in each destination. More of a landlubber? Jet off to the city by the bay with our roundup of the Top Suites in San Francisco. We also have guides to the capital of country music, Nashville; an exploding metropolis in China, Macau; a sultry Spanish city, Seville; and a relaxing island vacation spot, the Seychelles. Did your favorite watch make the list? Are there any destinations you want to know more about? As always, you can reach us at editorial@elitetraveler.com


Kristen Shirley visits Jaipur, India with The Gem Palace

Samantha Coles makes a new friend at North Island, Seychelles

Emma Reynolds dines at Husk in Nashville, Tennessee

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Behind the scenes at our inaugural Style issue’s fashion shoot at Monkey Island Estate in Bray, England


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Contributors Jaipur, India

New York


CEO, Sanjay Kasliwal USA


Worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine

Half-Indian, half-Italian, Shalini splits her time between her birthplace of Italy; Jaipur, India (home of her family’s jewelry company, The Gem Palace); and New York, where she oversees operations for her father’s eponymous line, Sanjay Kasliwal. In addition to her work in the jewelry industry, the lawyer-turnedbusinesswoman also runs her own fashion label, Shalia.

Jamie joined Sotheby’s nearly 30 years ago, and is responsible for launching the company’s wine auctions in New York in 1994. The worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine since 2016, he has broken countless auction records around the world in the course of his career. When he’s not working, you can find him tasting wine all over the world, and enjoying Mexico and Brazil’s cultures. p79


New York


Contributing timepiece editor


One of the first female watch journalists, Roberta has reported on timepieces for nearly three decades. In addition to being Elite Traveler’s contributing timepiece editor, she runs her own site, A Timely Perspective, and has authored six books on watches. Roberta has hand-selected the best watches in the world for this year’s Top 50 Watches. p84


Growing up in an Air Force family inspired Stephanie to pursue aviation at a young age. After 30 years in the industry, Stephanie was named JetSuite president in 2018 — the first-ever woman president of a privateaviation business. Though she’s traveled the world, she loves to visit sunny Cabo San Lucas — a quick flight from her home in Dallas. p80

Words Emma Reynolds, Photo Giloppe Photography

President, JetSuite


Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

by Kristen Shirley

THE VOYAGER Shalini Kasliwal No trip to Jaipur, India would be complete without visiting the historic Gem Palace. Generations of travelers, royalty and celebrities have come to ogle traditional Indian jewelry, sensational diamonds and significant stones. Now, siblings Samir and Shalini Kasliwal, the ninth generation to work in the family business, run the company in India and in the US. While the half-Italian, half-Indian beauty calls New York City home, she spends a significant amount of time in Jaipur and in Italy, where she grew up. The duality of her childhood affects her in many ways, and she has a distinctive style in Jaipur. The region is known for beautiful block prints, and Shalini can’t get enough of them — she created her own line of dresses, Shalia, that features traditional block prints and modern, Indianinspired silhouettes. She loves to shop at Anokhi, which sells typical Indian clothes, as well as some of Jaipur’s coolest concept stores: Teatro Dhora and her brother’s store, Parampara. And of course, she wears stunning jewels as often as possible. “I love to stack bracelets, but when I’m here, I love to wear important jewelry like a choker. I love huge earrings, especially diamonds. I don’t get to wear that type of jewelry all the time. Certain pieces of jewelry you can’t wear anywhere else.” The Gem Palace

1. Shalia Mogara dress, $320, worldofshalia.com 2. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in 18K yellow gold, $34,650, Wempe Jewelers in New York, +1 212 397 9000, rolex.com 3. Sanjay Kasliwal Jaya choker in 18K yellow gold with 95 carats emeralds and 38 carats diamonds, price on request, by appointment at Sanjay Kasliwal in New York, +1 212 988 1511, gempalace.com 4. Aquazzura Almost Bare sandal, $450, aquazzura.com

Photo Lodovico Colli de Felizzano

“I go to Andraab for beautiful em mbroidered shawls. My mom literally has a whole closet filled with them.”