It’s a style fake pas.
The British model of swanky journal Vogue is being hammered within the courtroom of public opinion after sending a cease-and-desist letter to the proprietor of the Star Inn at Vogue, situated within the rural hamlet of Vogue, England.
“We are concerned that the name which 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,” wrote Sabine Vandenbroucke, chief working officer of British Vogue writer Conde Nast Britain, in an obnoxious letter despatched to pub proprietor Mark Graham.
The small-town publican snapped again in opposition to the media conglomerate, profitable rave evaluations for his witty but fierce protection of Vogue’s village honor — and its historical past that predates the founding of the journal by a whole bunch of years.
“I note in your letter that you have only been in existence since 1916 and I presume that at the time when you chose the name Vogue in the capitalized version you didn’t seek permission from the villagers of the real Vogue,” Graham wrote, as reported by CornwallDwell.
“I also presume that Madonna did not seek your permission to use the word Vogue (again the capitalized version) for her 1990s song of the same name.”
One individual advised on social media that the journal rename itself “Vague” to keep away from any future confusion with the village; one other famous it’s ridiculous to assume “some people may mistake a pub for a magazine.” Others advised the village countersue to guard its model id.
Lee Bowles famous that the journal has given the pub priceless publicity.
“What a brilliant advertisement! I’ll definitely be visiting this pub when next in the area,” he wrote.
“There’s always too much a case of the big boys trying to stomp on the little boys, and as soon as I realized what they were trying to do, I went, ‘You’re not having me, my handsome,’” Graham informed UK broadcaster ITV.
Vogue is a hamlet in St. Day Parish (pop. 4,400), Cornwall, about 250 miles west of London.