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Cator Sparks
Works at www.TheManual.com
Attended Riverwood High School
Lives in New York City
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Remembering Mabel
On Wednesday March 12, 2014 I laid my sweet cat Mabel to rest. I had no idea how emotional the experience would be. She has been a part of my life since 2000 but always on the periphery. She was rarely cuddly, always skittish and and every so often, had abh...
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Sorry about Mabel. They can be so special to us. I too have one that is 16 years old now and just does her own thing in my house.  Never much trouble.  Just wish she could clean her own litter box, but other than that she is very little trouble. So here's to Mable!!!! May she be at peace.
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This vacation was only three weeks ago yet seems years away!
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Growing up in the South Cator began traveling at an early age. He learned to parlez la langue française in Paris, to flamenco in Madrid, to dress in London and found his inner F. Scott in India. Amidst this divine debauchery, Cator attended the College of Charleston for two years and wrote for the Cougar Pause, which doubled its readership when Cator's quill hit the pad.

Cator gave Paris a shot for a semester and all was a fiasco save his nights at La Palace's VIP room or at the scandalous Follies Pigalle. The next stop on Cator's grand tour of life was London. Cator morphed from a rave 'til dawn club kid to the gentleman his mother dreamed he would become. During his metamorphosis, Cator learned the art of Fashion Journalism and how to write freely and express himself in a whole new genre. He was truly in his element.

Upon his arrival back in Atlanta, Cator began to wilt, so he bid Atlanta adieu. 1999 was a pivotal year; His boss at the time the divine Jeffrey Kalinsky offered him a job at his new pioneering store in the blood stained Meatpacking District. Cator knew this was his golden ticket.

Moving up to NYC with Jeffrey was a real eye opening experience. August 29, 1999, Jeffrey opened and the neighborhood began to morph.

Cator left the retail world after six months and began his PR career in the offices of Kevin Krier and Associates and later Fournier Communications and BPMW. After a magical trip to India where he met his mentor and realized his dream of being a journalist would only be realized if he took the first step. Upon return he went part time, started pitching and, thanks to all the editors he met through his PR career, his freelance career began. 

Currently Mr. Sparks is the EIC of TheManual.com, and has written for 1stdibs.com, Elle Décor, The New York Times, Acne Paper, Details,Style.com and VanityFair.com. He also has a column on The Huffington Post.


Cator has no problem tackling a good fashion story or event since he is out and about nearly every night whether it be the Frick Ball uptown or a Visionaire party downtown. Cator has been featured for his own dandified style in Ike Ude’s Style File, The Daily Telegraph, Stylelikeu.com and in Bill Cunningham’s section of The New York Times, Evening Hours. 


Cator lives in a townhouse in Harlem where he has been Block President for five years running. Recently Cator was commissioned a Colonel of Kentucky by Governor Steven L. Beshear and has requested all friends and family call him ‘Colonel Cator’ from now on. 

Education
  • Riverwood High School
    Magnet Program for International Studies, 1990 - 1994
  • College of Charleston
    Party, 1994 - 1996
  • American InterContinental University
    Fashion Marketing, 1997 - 1998
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