November 25, 1968 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Known for||Launching Wallpaper* & Monocle magazines. "Fast Lane" column in the Financial Times newspaper.|
The only child of Canadian football player Paul Brule (of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and Montreal Alouettes), and Virge Brule, an Estonian artist. He attended, but did not graduate from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1989 and trained as a journalist with the BBC. He subsequently wrote for The Guardian, Stern, The Sunday Times and Vanity Fair.
First magazine venture and design work
In March 1994, Brûlé was shot twice by a sniper in an ambush in Kabul while covering the Afghanistan war for German news magazine, Focus. Brûlé lost partial use of his left hand resulting in a long hospital stay, during which he read many home-design and cooking magazines, which he found mundane. In 1996, Brûlé took out a small business loan and launched Wallpaper, a style and fashion magazine which was one of the most influential launches of the 1990s. Time Inc bought it for £1m in 1997, and kept Brûlé on as editorial director. During this time at Wallpaper, Brûlé focused his attention on a branding and advertising agency he'd started, called Winkreative, which he still runs and which has counted among its clients companies like American Express, Porter Airlines, British Airways, BlackBerry and Sky News.
In 2001, he became the youngest ever recipient of the British Society of Magazine Editors' Lifetime Achievement Award. That year he and Winkreative were hired to design the "look and feel" of Swiss International Air Lines at their relaunch, after the collapse of Swissair.
In May 2002, Brûlé left Wallpaper and concentrated on Winkreative. He had a no-compete clause with Wallpaper for 2.5 years.
In 2005, Brûlé hosted the TV media magazine The Desk on BBC Four. In 2006, he co-produced Counter Culture, a documentary series about cultural aspects of shopping, on the same channel.
Recent journalistic work
He is a columnist for the Financial Times, and has also written for the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag. His "Fast Lane" column - written for the weekend edition of the Financial Times - covers his observations on travel, international design trends, and high-end consumer goods. Typically, his comments are gathered in the course of his travels during the prior week, which often involve visits to locations across several continents.
In 2006, Brûlé announced in "Fast Lane" that he would be taking a break from the column to work on projects. Shortly thereafter, the International Herald Tribune announced a "new weekly column on urbanism and global navigation" by Brûlé, starting in the Spring of 2007. However, in 2008, Brûlé left the International Herald Tribune to revive his weekly "Fast Lane" column for the newly relaunched Financial Times weekend edition.
In October 2006, Brûlé announced that he would create a new magazine, to be called Monocle, which launched February 14, 2007. Brûlé later stated "Monocle is the media project I always wanted to do".
Monocle is a journal published ten times a year in the UK – but with 'bureaux' in Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, and Zurich. It covers everything from politics to shopping. Monocle bears the tagline, "A briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design". It is said to have been valued at £70m by a new Japanese investor in 2014. The magazine is said to be selling more copies than Brûlé's former Wallpaper magazine.
On 11 May 1999, Brûlé gave an interview to Evan Solomon of Hot Type, a literature program on CBC Newsworld, in which he announced that he was estranged from his father due to the latter's disapproval of Brûlé's homosexuality.
In 1997, the Independent reported that Brûlé was the companion of Patrick Cox, a British shoe designer, though the couple reportedly broke up a year earlier. Brûlé is now in a relationship with Mats Klingberg, former banker and current owner of London's Trunk Clothiers.
On 3 July 2006, the British website pinknews.co.uk voted Brûlé 37th on its list of the most influential gays and lesbians in the United Kingdom. The year before, he came in 43rd on a similar list of influential gays and lesbians that was published in the Independent on Sunday (26 June 2005).
- "Brûlé, Tyler". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 95–98. ISBN 9780824211219.
- Brûlé's father does not appear to have used any diacritical marks or accents on the family surname.
- Material Boy Shift magazine, May 1998
- NY Magazine
- PR flurry heralds Swissair relaunch, BBC, 28 March 2002
- The Guardian
- Monocle is the media project I always wanted to do The Independent
- flashesandflames.com How Tyler Brûlé is Building a Global Media Brand 2014/08