U.K. pub owner says Vogue magazine publisher asked him to change the name of his small village business
There’s often a star in Vogue magazine, but probabilities are, the Star Inn at Vogue, a pub, has been about extended. Baffled? So was the proprietor of The Star Inn at Vogue pub, who claims Vogue journal publisher Condé Nast just lately despatched a letter declaring the pub’s name could “cause problems” – and requested if he could adjust it.
The pub’s landlord, Mark Graham, explained he not only obtained the letter, which BBC News has witnessed, but when he replied, Condé Nast wrote again.
The letter Graham initially gained stated: “We are concerned that the identify you are applying is heading to bring about difficulties mainly because, as significantly as the basic public is concerned, a connection in between your organization and ours is most likely to be inferred.”
Graham experienced recently registered the organization as a personal constrained company on Businesses Property, the U.K.’s registrar of firms.
“Make sure you would you kindly let us know what area of business enterprise your organization is trading/intending to trade, and whether or not you will transform your company’s title in get to stay clear of issues arising,” the letter continues. The letter, which appears to have come from the workplace of Condé Nast Britain’s Main Running Officer Sabine Vandenbroucke. CBS News has not independently confirmed the letter.
Graham explained he believed it was a joke at to start with “but seemingly it is genuine.” The pub has been in the smaller U.K. village of Vogue for 150 years, and Graham felt the letter was “a little large-handed.”
“So, I imagined I might send them a letter back – getting major-handed too,” he explained to BBC Information.
“Although I located your letter appealing on the just one hand, I also discovered it hilariously funny on the other,” he wrote.
In his reply to Condé Nast, he described “that the village has been here for 200 many years, the pub somewhat a lot less than that. We chose the identify of the pub to be the identify of the village,” he reported. He extra that Madonna did not check with the village to use “Vogue” for the title of her hit 1990 track possibly.
Graham claimed he viewed as countering their claim, considering that “we were listed here initially,” and joked that they must begin a journal for the village named Vogue magazine.
He reported he acquired a reply from Condé Nast. In the next letter, the publisher said it was “grateful” for Graham’s reply, and to discover extra about the pub “in this lovely aspect of our country,” BBC Information experiences. Condé Nast reported it has a workforce that often screens the use of the identify Vogue. It was alerted to the use of the identify for the pub as a result of Organizations Residence.
“You are very suitable to take note that additional exploration by our team would have discovered that we did not need to mail these kinds of a letter on this occasion,” the letter study, according to BBC Information.
CBS Information has reached out to Condé Nast and Condé Nast Britain for remark and is awaiting response.