Summer Johnson - Co-Founder
Summer Johnson is the Co-Founder of Upward Magazine, and has traveled all over the world with her husband and two children. Summer is an artist that has a BFA and had sold her artwork in shows and galleries extensively. Summer currently resides on her country estate outside of Manhattan where she shepherds a dozen chickens, two Red Dobermans and helps with two hives of honey bees. Outside of starting a magazine, her favorite travel times have been swimming in the beaches of Sydney and visiting Psy’s recording studio in Korea.
Sebastian Bland - Creative Director
Sebastian’s flair for design is what gives SUITCASE its inimitable appearance. Seb became one of the first members to join the team, designing our print edition, apps and website. A countryman through and through, he often escapes the city for the Cornish coast and the Shropshire countryside where he grew up. Forever in search of the ultimate burger, Seb is the inventor of Five Guys Fridays and knows his way around the steakhouses of Buenos Aires like the back of his hand.
Emily Ames - Managing Editor
Growing up between London, New York and Trinidad & Tobago, Emily travelled extensively across the Americas before ending up in Barcelona in 2012. It was here that she began her career at SUITCASE, writing a column on her experiences in the Catalan capital. Music in all its forms is the driving force behind Emily’s travels across the globe – catch her at an old-school street dance in Portland, Jamaica or a samba club in Brazil.
Travel philosophy: “Adventure, yeah. I guess that's what you call it when everybody comes back alive.” – Mercedes Lackey.
On the bucket-list: The Deep South, USA.
Kate Hamilton - Senior Editor
Kate grew up across three continents; she lived in the Deep South in her pre-teen years but shook off the southern drawl when she moved to Hong Kong. After spending a year in Barcelona and Madrid, where she worked at Vogue Spain, Kate began editing and writing for SUITCASE. With a dual First Class degree from Edinburgh University in English and Spanish, Kate is most definitely the linguist of the team, and always travels with books and an excessive amount of stationery.
Travel philosophy: When in Rome...
On the bucket-list: Tokyo, Oaxaca, New Orleans.
Tona Stell - Fashion Director
Tona was born and raised in London, but after living (and falling in love with) Sydney she is always looking for a way back to the beach. She is a gifted photographer and stylist, and crosses the globe at least five times a year to shoot fashion editorials with local teams. She has worked in Tokyo, Seoul, Iceland and the Philippines and has shot at some of the most famous locations in the world including the Maracaña Stadium in Rio and the City Palace in Jaipur.
Travel philosophy: “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux
On the bucket-list: Central America
Maria Alafouzou - Head of Digital
Maria brings a wealth of travel expertise after stints in Paris at the International New York Times and National Geographic. Her passport is full of stamps and she’s always on the lookout for her next adventure. Maria is a firm believer that the culture and history of a destination is best told through its food, so she doubles up as our culinary expert and has a long list of recommendations that span Michelin-starred restaurants and road-side cafés.
Travel philosophy: "Screw it" (Jumps.)
On the bucket-list: Greenland, Botswana, Chile.
Natalie Kenneally - Head of Partnerships
Having worked in publishing for over 12 years and as the oldest member of the team, Natalie is a media veteran. Her work has taken her around the globe but she has never resided far from her hometown of London.
Be it a project for SUITCASE, her next travel adventure, a birthday, a wedding or a home renovation, Natalie is happiest when she is planning. (Seriously, she'll plan your wedding for you free of charge.) When she is not planning anything, you'll catch her escaping the city at a spa, soaking up the sun in Greece or island hopping in the Indian Ocean. Her favourite travel experience to date was swimming with oceanic mantas and whale sharks in the Maldives.
On the bucket-list: Diving Ambergris Caye in Belize and walking the Inca trail
SAVANNAH BAKER - Fashion Editor-at-Large
Living between Jamaica, New York and London has given Savannah a deep understanding of urban style and native heritage. She has worked with Lana del Ray and Rita Ora and has styled SUITCASE shoots in Jamaica, L.A., Las Vegas and Greece, while her work as both a stylist and photographer has featured in i-D., Dazed, and Vogue Italia. Her most recent creative endeavour, Pum Pum Socks, is a sock brand and creative platform inspired by the reggae spirit of Jamaica and Japanese Harajuku style.
Travel philosophy: RESPECT
On the bucket-list: Brazil, Ethiopia, Tibet, Burma.
THE CURIOUS PEAR - Issy Croker and Meg Abbott - Contributing Food Editors
Best friends Issy and Meg have spent the last decade sitting across tables from each other, travelling the world knife and fork in hand. It was inevitable that the two would eventually combine to become The Curious Pear, intent on bringing you reviews, food features and interviews with the culinary crowd, as well as pieces on their favourite eating spots from around the world. Issy makes up the photography side of the duo, while Meg records each bite in words.
Travel philosophy: What would Don Draper do?
On the bucket-list: Tangier, San Francisco, Mexico City.
JUICEBOX - Becky Tong and Adam Callan - Music Editors
You could say that the duo were surrounded by music from the get go. Becky, daughter of Pete Tong, has spent her life between L.A., Ibiza and London working at record labels and DJing at the crème de la crème of fashion parties. Adam DJed and worked at in A&R at Sony before meeting Becky at Relentless Records and founding Juicebox. What originally started as a blog soon became a night to showcase the best new talent from around the world – such as Kidnap Kid, Ella Eyre and Bondax – and is soon to be a label.
Travel philosophy: Plan every trip around (vegan) food
On the bucket-list: Master Japanese cooking, rainforest hike with Daisy Lowe, yoga in the Himalayas, karaoke with Harajuku girls in Tokyo.
LINDSAY CARLSON - New York Editor
After graduating from Oxford University, Lindsay moved to New York City to work in film and digital media (leaving everything behind except her dry sense of humour). The American-Brit has been part of the SUITCASE team since day one – partying with Nile Rogers in Miami, battling alligators in New Orleans and sampling Wes Anderson-themed restaurants in Shoreditch. As New York Editor, Lindsay is our US point of call and oversees all things NYC. She also remains the only one we know to use her iPad as a pillow when travelling.
Travel philosophy: It's five o'clock somewhere
On the bucket-list: Hike through Patagonia, smoke a cigar in Cuba, ride a horse in Texas.