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Village pub requested to vary title by Vogue journal

Landlords In Pub

Mark Graham

A village pub in Cornwall has had a letter from one of many world’s largest vogue magazines asking it to vary its title.

The Star Inn at Vogue, considered at the very least 150 years outdated, is within the small village of Vogue, near Redruth.

Vogue journal writer Condé Nast informed the pub its title may “cause problems”.

The writer has since stated after “further research” it “did not need to send such a letter on this occasion”.


Pub landlord Mark Graham stated he discovered the letter “hilariously funny”.

He stated: “I did think they were being a little heavy-handed, so I thought I’d send them a letter back – being heavy-handed too.”

The firm’s letter, seen by the BBC, stated “We are concerned that the name you are using is going to cause problems because, as far as the general public is concerned, a connection between your business and ours is likely to be inferred.

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

Star Inn At Vogue


Condé Nast wrote to Mr Graham after the pub registered as a private limited company on Companies House.

Mark Graham, who has been landlord with his wife Rachel for 17 years, wrote back, saying: “Whilst I discovered your letter attention-grabbing on the one hand, I additionally discovered it hilariously humorous on the opposite.”

Mr Graham informed the BBC: “At first look I assumed it was one of many locals having fun, however apparently it’s actual.

“I explained to them that the village has been here for 200 years, the pub slightly less than that. We chose the name of the pub to be the name of the village.”

He stated he was had thought-about countering their declare over the usage of the phrase as a result of “we were there first”.

Vogue Magazine

Marc Piasecki

Madonna had a success track known as Vogue, launched in 1990, and Mr Graham informed Condé Nast she had not requested the village for permission both.

The letter has additionally prompted him to contemplate additional choices, together with organising “our own parish magazine, called Vogue Magazine”.

The letter from the publishers was despatched in March and requested a reply inside seven days, or it might take “appropriate remedial steps”.

Mr Graham stated he despatched his reply inside this time interval and had since had a response.

‘Regular monitoring’

Condé Nast stated it was “grateful” for his reply, and to be taught extra about his enterprise “in this beautiful part of our country”.

It added its crew “regularly monitor” the usage of the title Vogue and was alerted by Companies House.

The letter stated: “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.”

The firm stated it wished everybody in Vogue “best wishes for a happy summer”.


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