Managing director, Liberty
Ed Burstell had another successful year at Liberty, with sales up 16% for the six months to July 31. A £1.2m renovation project to add more than 2,400 sq ft of space to the London store is in the pipeline, and Burstell’s plan to invest in niche luxury brands for a point of difference began with the acquisition of hat brand Christys’ Hats for an undisclosed sum. However, Burstell did ruffle a few feathers with a Grazia promotion offering a 20% discount on in-season products from designers in Liberty, angering indies that stock the same brands.
Least likely to… Remove his trademark cravat.
Last year’s position 75