The owner of the boutique 'House of Zana' wins the trial with Zara. The name comes from her husband's Albanian
The owner of the 'House of Zana' boutique has won the legal battle with the Zara trademark.
Amber Kotrri, who runs her own business "House of Zana" in Darlington, was told by Zara that her concept was almost identical to Zara and that she should close it. They accused him of copying the name and the visual aspect. The case went all the way to the Court.
The court ruled in favor of Amber arguing the decision that "the connection between the two businesses was irrelevant".
Amber is over the clouds. She said that the decision has lifted a huge burden from her shoulders.
"It's been more than a year in my life. I am a stay at home mom of three young children. I spent hours preparing the evidence documents," says Amber.
She says that when she was notified of the Court's decision by email, she was in the theater with her children.
"It is a long document. I couldn't read it because of the shivers. It took me a few days to find the courage to spread the good news. It was very stressful, but we won", said Amber Kotrri.
Julia King, representing Zara, said the Zana name was a bit of a gimmick and customers could get confused.
Amber's husband is Albanian and she named the business "House of Zana", from the Albanian word for fairy.
At the end she says: “I would say to anyone in a similar position, keep fighting, it will be worth it in the end - be brave and ignore the threatening way the letters are worded. You know your business best, you know the meaning behind every name, and if you've built it, then fight for it. I could not tell my children that I closed my business because someone older told me to do so.
Representatives from Zara did not comment on the decision, but wished Amber Kotrri further success.