In a victory that will warm the hearts of those campaigning for ‘the little guy’ everywhere, the owners of a pub in the Cornish countryside, tucked away in the south-west corner of the UK, have held their own in a battle against Condé Nast over the pub name – and it’s the global publisher who has now stepped down.
Mark and Rachel Graham, owners of The Star Inn at Vogue, which they named after the hamlet in which it is located shortly after buying the business 17 years ago, received a letter from Conde Nast COO Sabine Vandenbroucke in which they asked to rename their pub because: She said a link between the two companies was “likely to be suspected”.
Condé Nast wrote to Mr Graham after the pub was registered as a limited company in Companies House, a move that brought the name to the attention of publishers.
The Grahams originally thought it was a hoax by one of their locals, but soon responded, insisting they would not change the name and pointing out that the Star Inn has been around for hundreds of years.
Mark Graham added in his letter to Condé Nast:
“I assume that at the time you chose to capitalize the name Vogue, you did not seek permission from the real Vogue villagers. I also take it Madonna didn’t ask for your permission to use the word Vogue (again, the capitalized version) for her 1990s song of the same name.”
Now Condé Nast has sent another letter, accepting that the pub poses no significant threat to its publishing business. In a letter submitted to the Guardian newspaper and the BBC, her lawyer wrote:
“You are absolutely correct in stating that further investigation by our team would have revealed that we did not need to send such a letter on this occasion.”
Condé Nast said he was “grateful” for Mr Graham’s reply and for learning more about his business “in this beautiful part of our country”. It also wished Vogue residents best wishes for a great summer.
https://deadline.com/2022/05/vogue-cornish-pub-landlords-triumph-over-legal-threat-by-conde-nast-1235023818/ Cornish ‘Vogue’ pub owners triumph over legal threat from Condé Nast – Deadline