He moved to the UK in 1989 and trained as a journalist with the BBC. He subsequently wrote for The Guardian, Stern, The Sunday Times and Vanity Fair.
He was listed in the "Another Country" section of the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2010. The citation said:
- "Although leading most trends, Canadian-born Brûlé seems to be bucking at least one: the recession. His style-and-business magazine Monocle is expanding; with an ever growing retail chain and a new 60-page print newspaper on sale, he is a one man phenomenon."