In a victory that can heat the hearts of these championing ‘the little guy’ all over the place, the homeowners of a pub within the Cornwall countryside, tucked away within the south-westerly most nook of the UK, have stood agency in opposition to Condé Nast in a battle in regards to the pub identify – and it’s the world writer who has now stood down.
Mark and Rachel Graham, homeowners of The Star Inn at Vogue, which they named after the hamlet the place it’s located quickly after buying the enterprise 17 years in the past, obtained a letter from Conde Nast’s COO Sabine Vandenbroucke, asking them to rename their pub as a result of, she mentioned, a connection between the 2 companies was “likely to be inferred.”
Condé Nast wrote to Mr Graham after the pub was registered as a non-public restricted firm on Companies House, a transfer which alerted the publishers to the identify.
The Grahams initially thought it was a joke by one among their locals, however quickly replied, insisting they wouldn’t be altering the identify, and stating that the Star Inn has been in place for lots of of years.
Mark Graham added in his letter to Condé Nast:
“I presume that at the time when you chose the name Vogue in the capitalised version you didn’t seek permission from the villagers of the real Vogue. I also presume that Madonna did not seek your permission to use the word Vogue (again the capitalised version) for her 1990s song of the same name.”
Now, Condé Nast has despatched an extra letter, accepting that the pub shouldn’t be a big risk to its publishing enterprise. In a letter proven to the Guardian newspaper and BBC, its lawyer wrote:
“You are quite correct to note that further research by our team would have identified that we did not need to send such a letter on this occasion.”
Condé Nast mentioned it was “grateful” for Mr Graham’s letter of reply, and to study extra about his enterprise “in this beautiful part of our country”. It additionally wished the residents of Vogue greatest needs for a cheerful summer time.