Vogue journal threatens authorized motion to Cornish pub in the event that they don’t change title

A family-run pub in a small Cornish village has been requested to alter its title by the publishers of Vogue magazine.

The Star Inn at Vogue, owned by husband-and-wife Rachel and Mark Graham, will get its title from the village it’s in – Vogue, close to Redruth.

In March, the Grahams acquired a letter from Condé Nast, which acknowledged that the title of their institution might “trigger issues” if individuals believed it was affiliated with the well-known vogue journal.

“So far as the general public is worried, a connection between your online business and ours is more likely to be inferred,” the letter stated.

“Please would you kindly tell us in what discipline of enterprise your organization is buying and selling/aspiring to commerce and whether or not you’ll change your organization’s title with a purpose to keep away from issues arising.”

Rachel, the pub’s landlady, stated the couple initially thought the letter was a prank.

“After we first acquired the letter, we thought ‘that’s a bit daft, is that this a joke?’ After which we realised, ‘no this can be a bit severe’,” she instructed The Impartial.

She stated the authorized motion was possible triggered by the couple registering their enterprise as a restricted firm in February.

Nevertheless, they’ve been working the enterprise with its title for 17 years, and the constructing is considered greater than 100 years previous.

In his response to the writer’s authorized staff, Mark stated he discovered the letter “hilariously humorous”.

“If a member of your workers had taken the time to analyze, they might have found that our firm is within the small village of Vogue,” he stated.

“Sure, that’s proper, Vogue is the title of our personal village, which has been in existence for a whole lot of years.”

“In reply to your query of whether or not we might change the title of our firm, it’s a categoric NO,” he added.

Mark defined that the title of the Star Inn was chosen based mostly on its location. He additionally questioned whether or not Vogue’s publishers had thought of the village when naming the journal.

“I observe in your letter that you’ve got solely been inexistence since 1916, and I presume at the moment whenever you selected the title Vogue, you didn’t search permission from the villagers of the true Vogue for his or her permission.

“Be at liberty to come back to Cornwall and go to us for any additional info you require. I might love to point out you round our small village. I’ll even purchase you lunch and a beer in your hassle.”

Whereas the couple are but to obtain a response from Condé Nast, Rachel stated they don’t suppose additional authorized motion is probably going.

“We’re not likely involved about it,” she stated. “Any individual simply didn’t do their homework after they first noticed the title [of the pub] pop up.

“If they’d simply googled us, they might have seen we’re only a small neighborhood pub with no contradiction to them as {a magazine}. Plenty of Cornish persons are very up in arms [about it].”

The Impartial has contacted Condé Nast for remark.


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