SIG: AARON SIGMOND is the founding editor of Smoke, Drink and Trump magazines and the former Group Luxury Editor for Doubledown Media, publishers of Trader Monthly, Dealmaker and Private Air. Currently he is the Senior Contributing Lifestyle Editor of Autoweek and a regular contributor to Playboy, Worth and many other publications and Web sites. He is the author of the critically lauded coffee-table tome Playboy: The Book of Cigars and the coauthor of Graycliff: 300 Years of Grand Bahamian Luxury. Mr. Sigmond is the editor of Mechanics of Style.

BD: BRIAN DAWSON is a writer and journalist who has been an editor at P.O.V., Us Weekly, Blender and Trader Monthly, specializing in the intersection of business, finance and lifestyle coverage. He is also an editorial and custom-publishing consultant for a number of businesses and publications, both print and digital. Mr. Dawson serves as the copy director for Mechanics of Style.


NF: NICK FOULKES is the author of 20 books, including  220 Years of Girard-Perregaux, High Society: The History of America’s Upper Class; Dunhill by Design: A Very English Story; The Carlyle; Dressed To Kill: James Bond, The Suited Hero and The Bentley Miscellany.  Additionally, Mr. Foulkes is the luxury editor of British GQ, a contributing editor to the Financial Times’s How to Spend It magazine and Vanity Fair (U.K.), as well as a regular columnist for Newsweek International. 

EMELVIS MITCHELL is the curator of the Film Independent series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and host of The Treatment, a pop-culture interview show — an eclectic mix of music, news and cultural programming — produced by the Santa Monica–based KCRW, National Public Radio’s flagship affiliate in Southern California. Mr. Mitchell has worked as a movie critic for numerous publications, including the New York Times. He regularly contributes to Interview magazine and was the coauthor of The Black List. 


WB: WARREN BOBROW, a writer, culinary-festival judge and former chef, is the food-and-drink Editor of Wild Table, part of the Princeton, New Jersey–based nonprofit online magazine Wild River Review. His work has appeared in Edible Jersey, Chutzpah, Voda, Tasting Table and — writing in praise of the humble tuna meltSaveur. You can find him online at

ADM: ANTHONY DEMARCO has been a jewelry and watch journalist for both consumer and trade publications for nearly 15 years. His work appears regularly on and JewelleryNetAsia, as well as in the Financial Times. He is the founding editor of the industry blog Jewelry News Network and also covers food, fine spirits and travel.

JF: JACK FORSTER is the U.S. editor in chief of Revolution, a magazine devoted to fine watchmaking. He is a dedicated fan of analog technology and collects mechanical watches, 35-millimeter cameras (including two Leicas) and fountain pens.

MG: MICHAEL GREEN is one of America’s premier wine-and-spirits experts. Currently the wine-and-spirits director and lead presenter for the Food Network’s Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, and the headlining wine-and-spirits personality on the national Buick Discovery Tour, Mr. Green has made appearances on the Food Network, the Today show, MSNBC and CNN, and been featured in the New York Times, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur and Gourmet, where he was the wine-and-spirits expert for 19 years.

NH: NICK HAMMOND is a Britain-based writer specializing in luxury, travel, cigars and other accoutrements of the good life. His work has appeared in Country Life, the Financial Times’s How to Spend It, Cigar Aficionado and more.

CH: CHIP HENDERSON is the general manager of Girard-Perregaux’s flagship boutique on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. A Chicago native, he’s an avid collector of pens, guitars, watches and modern prints. A love of jazz and classical music spurred his interest in aural technology; he writes for Mechanics of Style about the latest gadgets for passionate audiophiles.

NK: NICK KOLAKOWSKI is a New York City–based writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Washington City Paper, Thrillist, Trader Monthly and Private Air, among others. He is also the author of the tongue-in-cheek nonfiction work How to Become an Intellectual.

RN: ROBERTA NAAS is a veteran journalist and author of four books, as well as the founder of the luxury e-newspaper and blog A Timely Perspective. She regularly interviews celebrities and scours the globe for top luxury-related stories and news. Ms. Naas contributes to many consumer and specialty magazines and newspapers worldwide.

RAS: REX ADAM SHEPHERD has been a fountain-pen obsessive for more than a decade. He formerly managed the pen department at Nat Sherman in Manhattan, where he greatly expanded its inventory. Pens are now a hobby, not a profession; however, Mr. Shepherd remains on perpetual lookout for the next one to add to his collection.

SJ: SOOSAN JOON SILANEE is a New York City–based portrait painter and illustrator who creates an original drawing for each “What’s Old Is New Again” posts on Mechanics of Style. Her previous client list includes agencies, design groups and magazines; she also does private commissions. To see more of her work, please visit Soosan Joon Studio.

MAV: MARK A. VIERTHALER, an award-winning journalist and photographer, is the founder of, one of the world’s top blogs for drinks aficionados. Mr. Vierthaler has also designed signature cocktails for a number of leading liquor brands across the globe. He’s a firm believer that when it comes to distilled spirits, you really do get what you pay for.

IW: IAN WILLIAMS is one of the world’s leading authorities on rum and tequila. The author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776, he also serves as the editor of Mr. Williams’s work has appeared in Cigar Aficionado, Maxim, New York, the New York Observer and the Financial Times. He is currently at work on a book about tequila. 

KWKATE WINICK is a luxury-goods and lifestyle journalist whose work has appeared in Trump, The 100 Thousand Club, Worth, Elite Traveler and Vintage magazines, as well as Web sites including, and She is currently the social-media editor for