You will find constantly a star in Vogue magazine, but probabilities are, the Star Inn at Vogue, a pub, has been about for a longer period. Baffled? So was the operator of The Star Inn at Vogue pub, who claims Vogue magazine publisher Condé Nast lately sent a letter saying the pub’s title might “bring about difficulties” – and asked if he could change it.
The pub’s landlord, Mark Graham, said he not only obtained the letter, which BBC Information has viewed, but when he replied, Condé Nast wrote back again.
The letter Graham first been given mentioned: “We are involved that the name you are making use of is likely to result in troubles simply because, as much as the typical community is involved, a connection in between your company and ours is probable to be inferred.”
Graham experienced not too long ago registered the small business as a non-public minimal corporation on Providers Property, the U.K.’s registrar of companies.
“You should would you kindly enable us know what subject of organization your firm is trading/intending to trade, and irrespective of whether you will adjust your firm’s name in buy to avoid challenges arising,” the letter carries on. The letter, which appears to have occur from the place of work of Condé Nast Britain’s Main Operating Officer Sabine Vandenbroucke. CBS News has not independently verified the letter.
Graham said he assumed it was a joke at very first “but apparently it is serious.” The pub has been in the tiny U.K. village of Vogue for 150 decades, and Graham felt the letter was “a minimal large-handed.”
“So, I assumed I might ship them a letter again – becoming significant-handed too,” he told BBC News.
“Even though I identified your letter interesting on the one hand, I also uncovered it hilariously funny on the other,” he wrote.
In his reply to Condé Nast, he spelled out “that the village has been in this article for 200 many years, the pub a little bit significantly less than that. We chose the name of the pub to be the name of the village,” he said. He additional that Madonna did not talk to the village to use “Vogue” for the title of her strike 1990 tune possibly.
Graham reported he viewed as countering their claim, because “we were being in this article initial,” and joked that they ought to start out a magazine for the village called Vogue magazine.
He stated he acquired a reply from Condé Nast. In the 2nd letter, the publisher stated it was “grateful” for Graham’s reply, and to study additional about the pub “in this attractive portion of our place,” BBC News studies. Condé Nast mentioned it has a group that regularly monitors the use of the title Vogue. It was alerted to the use of the title for the pub as a result of Organizations House.
“You are fairly correct to notice that further more investigation by our staff would have discovered that we did not need to have to send this kind of a letter on this occasion,” the letter examine, in accordance to BBC News.
CBS News has reached out to Condé Nast and Condé Nast Britain for comment and is awaiting reaction.