Deana Bianco is the editor of runawaynow.com and a natural nomad. Although she was born on the east coast of America, she grew up on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She has been living in New York City for ten years and works as a freelance writer. Her favorite traveling companion is her dog, Gizmo.
Evgeni Kogan is a marketing manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, currently based in Moscow, Russia. Born in St.Petersburg, Russia during the last days of disco, he lived most of his life in New Zealand and has recently made the journey back to Eastern Europe. In Russia he is finding his roots, improving his Russian and waging a personal daily battle against the 'taste vacuum' that is this amazing country. Having been here for two months already he proudly boasts an entirely Dolce and Gabbana free wardrobe, which, if you know Moscow, is quite an achievement.
We welcome stories, photos and tips from friends of runawaynow.com. Recent stories include Shalom Harlow and Aaron Ward's visit to the great bear rain forest in British Columbia, Sir Richard Branson's favourite spot on Australia's north eastern coast and Emma Love's favourite hip and fun eateries in London.
Jamie McLellan was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1978. He grew up in Wellington with stints in Palmerston North and Bandung, Indonesia.
Since graduating in 1999 with a BDes in Industrial Design, Jamie has designed for manufacturers and consultancies in Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and America.
Most recently, Jamie was employed as Senior Designer to well known Briton, Tom Dixon. Jamie's work often finds him in slightly obscure locations such as the back streets of Jaipur, India and Ghanzhou, China. When he is not traveling as a designer, he will be following his passion for windsurfing and sailing to places such as Tariffa, Maui and Lake Garda.
Having recently returned to New Zealand, Jamie now runs his own design studio working on projects ranging from furniture and lighting to sports goods to small scale civic architecture.
Karen Walker is a fashion designer who lives in the forest in New Zealand while her work can be found in the best stores in every major city in the world. Apart from designing her passions have always been writing and traveling and she's contributed travel pieces for Condé Nast Traveler, Nylon, Elle and Vogue. She's a natural traveler who's obsessed with discovering new things.
Katie Lockhart loves sending postcards and aerogrammes when she is travelling. Favourite travel haunts are usually based around other peoples houses, seeing what they treasure, collect and how they live. Just back from working in the UK and Europe as an interior designer / stylist Katie is now based in New Zealand. Katie has contributed to the Milan based interior design magazine Case da Abitare for the past six years and her interior projects have appeared in international publications such as Casa Vogue and World of Interiors.
Marion Hume has spent over two decades in the fashion industry. She travels the globe reporting from anywhere fashion happens, be it Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Marrakech or the slums of Nairobi. She is the International Fashion Director of The Australian Financial Review and also writes for the Financial Times and The Telegraph and Conde Nast Traveller in the UK, W in the US and Harper's Bazaar Australia.
A former contributing editor to TIME Magazine, US Vogue and US Harper¹s Bazaar, she has been fashion editor of The Independent and The Sunday Times. THE LOOK, the 1992 six part BBC documentary series she spent two years' working on in the early 90s has recently be re-screened on TV around the world and is heavily viewed on vimeo to this day. Marion is also a consultant to the United Nation¹s agency, the ITC's Ethical Fashion Programme, where key collaborators include Vivienne Westwood and Ilaria Fendi.
Mikhail Gherman is a Creative Director at Publicis New Zealand and also at Karen Walker. His work has taken him to every imaginable location in every corner of the world. He was born in the U.S.S.R. and now lives in New Zealand. Mikhail loves new ideas and new destinations.
Being the son of a fighter pilot, Murray Bevan has always been more than a little obsessed with flying and travel. Once his dad joined Air New Zealand he was quick to work the discount system in his favour and soon he was swimming in Rarotonga and sailing his plastic aircraft carrier around the pool to the soothing sounds of the Top Gun soundtrack.
Bevan family trips were never to towns in the middle of New Zealand's north island, they were to the Shangri La in Singapore or Venice Beach in Los Angeles. His claim to fame is to have spotted the primo guy on roller blades with the bull's eye guitar before he was on TV. Jealous?
Being project manager for runawaynow.com allows Murray to live vicariously through his jet-setting friends while toiling away at the fashion pr company he runs in Auckland, New Zealand.
Paperplane is a twice yearly travel magazine that was launched in 2005 by the publishers of Australian art and youth culture magazine Monster Children. It is designed for creative individuals who travel regularly, and draws on the talents of a group of like minded writers and photographers from around the world.
Peter Hunt has photographed all over the world, from cock fighters in Bali to Kathakali dancers in Kerala. His work has appeared in Time magazine and in Vogue, the British weekend supplements for The Independent, The Telegraph and The Observer as well as numerous publications in Australia. While he travels for much of the year, he hates flying.
Valery Gherman has been a New York City based makeup artist for the last four years having moved there from New Zealand, where he began his career over 10 years ago. He works on the fashion collections in Paris and New York and travels the globe extensively lending his beauty expertise on shoots for magazines that include Pop, US Vogue, UK Elle, Travel and Leisure, L'uomo Vogue, Black magazine, and other countless international lifestyle and fashion publications. He visits his hometown of Auckland one to two times a year to see family and friends. Though the flight may be long, he thinks that there are worse ways one can spend 24 hours than catching up on reading, watching movies, and sleeping.