Ed Burstell and Bobbi Brown met more than two decades ago when the former was a young cosmetics buyer at Henri Bendel and the latter had just launched a line of lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman. Back then, they used to meet for breakfast brainstorming sessions. Now, Burstell is the managing director of Liberty Ltd. in London and Brown has achieved global fame as a makeup artist and entrepreneur whose very presence can induce tears of hysteria. Brown and Burstell are still fast friends who relish working closely together, and their shared history clearly pays off. This year, Liberty will break the 1 million pound mark in sales of Brown’s namesake brand.

Ed Burstell: Bobbi, how do you do what you do and not be a diva? From the start, all you’ve ever given anybody is your best advice.

Bobbi Brown:
I think it’s because I’m from Chicago and I come from really good stock and I married really well. My husband wouldn’t stand for any kind of attitude. And I love what I do. I like to break rules and now that I’m part of a big corporation, the only way to be true to who I am is to break all the rules.

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