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Tyler Brûlé is widely considered one of the most influential media innovators of his generation.
Brûlé launched Monocle in 2007 and since its inception the brand has grown into a unique global media entity that successfully combines print, web, retail and broadcast (film and radio) components.
Brûlé was born in Canada and moved to the UK to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent. He worked as a reporter for the BBC, before turning to print journalism where he wrote for The Independent, Stern, The Sunday Times, The Observer and Vanity Fair.
In 1996 Brûlé launched Wallpaper*, a title that became a publishing phenomenon when it brought together the worlds of design, architecture, fashion, food and travel in one title for the first time, and went on to sell in over 50 countries. The magazine won numerous awards for its design, international relevance and use of typography, and in 2001 Brûlé became the youngest ever recipient of the British Society of Magazine Editors Lifetime Achievement Award.
In May 2002 Brûlé sold his stake in Wallpaper* to focus on developing Winkreative, the full- service branding and design agency he set up in 1998. This award-winning business is distinguished by its international focus, editorial authority and global reach. Clients include: Lexus, Louis Vuitton, Mackintosh, Porter Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Hermès, The Government of Thailand, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Grosvenor, Wimbledon and American Express.
Monocle has become the second ground-breaking publication of Brûlé’s career. It is a monthly international briefing on current affairs, business, culture and design read by over 80,000 paying readers across the globe, with an additional one million people tuning into its radio service, Monocle24, every month.
Monocle, which is published 10 times a year, is distributed in over 65 markets and its reach includes a network of over 30 correspondents, seven bureaux and an expanding mix of video and audio programming.
It also has two dedicated seasonal publications per year: The Forecast and The Escapist. Monocle has also teamed up with publishers Gestalten to launch the Monocle Travel Guides series, as well The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes and How to Build a Nation.
At the same time, Monocle has freestanding shops in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, Toronto and Singapore while also selling its wares on e-commerce site, monocle.com. Monocle launched its first cafe in Tokyo in October 2011, a second cafe in London in April 2013, and a 'coffee bar' in the new Singapore shop and bureau in December 2014.
Brûlé launched an audio service, Monocle 24, in October 2011. It brings listeners a 24-hour mix of fresh conversation, the best of culture, business and design – and is hosted by Brûlé and the Monocle editorial team from its London studios.
In 2011, Brûlé was awarded Ad Age’s ‘Editor of the Year’ trophy, and unprecedented award for an international editor. In 2012 Monocle was named ‘Best brand for living the good life’ in Ad Week’s annual ‘Hot List’.
Brûlé is also a regular columnist for the Financial Times, and is a regular speaker on topics ranging from media to urbanism to international affairs. He is a Canadian and British citizen.