Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia Sparks attended the College of Charleston where he majored in French and later the American College in London where he graduated with honours with a Fashion Marketing degree. Since moving to New York City in 1999 Cator has worked in both beauty and fashion PR, which lead to his transition to full-time journalism in 2008.
Sparks was the editor-in-chief of TheManual.com from 2013-2018. He writes for Architectural Digest, Departures, Bloomberg Pursuits, and 1stDibs to name a few.
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.