Woman’s anger at Tiffany ‘bullying’
A GLOUCESTER woman was shocked when high-end jewellery chain Tiffany and Co threatened her small business with legal action over its name.
Tiffany Parmar, 32, filed a trademark application in April for her beauty business to use the name Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany. But lawyers for Tiffany and Co say the “highly similar” name could bring its brand “into disrepute”.
It threatened to take “any additional steps it considers necessary to protect its rights”.
Mrs Parmar thinks the legal challenge is “ridiculous” and that the international firm is trying to “bully” a small business.
In an open letter to Tiffany and Co, she wrote: “Shame on you. I have no interest in competing with you, nor would I stand a chance. As a very small business I’m so saddened to see that you found it necessary to go after me so aggressively for trying to do things the correct way and trademark my company name.
“I bet even Tiffany and Co had help along the way as a small venture. It’s a shame you feel the need to squash people’s dreams.”
Mrs Parmar, who has two children, set up Lashes by Tiffany in 2014 as a beauty salon at her home in Coney Hill Road.
The eyelash extension specialist still runs the salon, but has invested £5,000 to expand her business under the name Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany.
But Tiffany and Co lawyers sent her an email last week arguing the name would cause confusion and “take unfair advantage of our client’s registered marks”.
Mrs Parmar says she will not withdraw the application and could launch a fundraiser to pay for legal costs if Tiffany and Co takes further action.
Mrs Parmar received £600 from her grandmother Audrey Davies, 80, to enable her to file the trademark application in April.
“She wants to see my business succeed,” she said. “She is proud I work as hard as I do.”
Tiffany Parmar with a client