For the kind of insight into luxury you can’t just pay for, La Patiala is now the global destination on everything exceptional. From acclaimed journalist and luxury expert Kristen Shirley, this online encyclopedia will be your new destination for exclusive intel on the best of the best in any category. Created for appreciators of the finer things in life and for those apprehensive to dip their toe into the intimidating world of luxury, La Patiala is truly for everyone. With topics ranging from food, travel, fashion, and spirits, never worry about recommending a subpar item (or experience) again.
Inspired by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, the site’s name honors the ruler of Patiala’s commitment to luxury goods and his expansive collection of fine jewelry, one of the most impressive in the world. His most famous piece was the Patiala necklace, commissioned from Cartier in 1928. La Patiala is short for La Collection Patiala, inspired by the Maharaja’s dedication to the pursuit of genuine luxury.
Allowing readers to feel confident that they are choosing the best any category has to offer, La Patiala is the ultimate luxury resource. Whether you’re in need of a hotel for a last-minute weekend getaway and don’t want to risk a disappointing experience, or on the lookout for a new favorite fashion brand, La Patiala will have you looking and feeling your best.
“I saw a major void in the market,” says Kristen Shirley, founder of La Patiala. “In a time when there is a surplus of information available, I found there wasn’t one place that carefully curated essential information about luxury. Because of my years of experience as a luxury editor and journalist, I have been a trusted resource to friends, family, and colleagues who would ask me everything from which wines to buy to how they should go about finding the perfect watch or engagement ring. I launched La Patiala to put all this information in one easy and accessible place.”
Unlike other online media outlets, La Patiala is uniquely organized by category and makes sure to highlight its most important stories where readers can access them easily. With a seamless A-Z table of contents feature, readers can easily track down their topic of choosing (and stumble across new and exciting options!). With quick and easy guides as well as long-format deep dives, readers can get intel in any format they choose. The incredible resource will also include videos, curated shopping recommendations, and in-depth explorations into the world’s most exclusive brands. New encyclopedias will be dropped throughout the year, and readers will get premier access to essential information on who and what you should know about luxury.
Words by Emma Ungaro