THE FASHION EMPIRE ZARA FIRST THOUGHT TO GIVE THE NAME OF ZORBA TO THE COMPANY AFTER THE 1964 FILM ZORBA THE GREEK
When it came to naming the high street fashion store, Zara was not Amancio Ortega's first choice. When Zara founder Amancio Ortega was searching for a name for his first fashion store in La Coruña back in 1975, he decided upon 'Zorba' after the 1964 film Zorba the Greek. Zara communications director explains to the New York Times: "I don't think they were thinking of making history, just that it was a nice name, but apparently there was a bar that was called the same, Zorba, like two blocks away, and the owner of the bar came and said, 'This is going to confuse things to have two Zorbas.' After this conversation, they just rearranged the letters to see what they could find and they found "Zara". So that's it!
It is true that behind any success or history there is the greek element... So proud of being Greek! For your information, Amancio Ortega last week named by Bloomberg Markets as the third richest person in the world with a net worth of $53.6 billion. Just a comment to my Greek fellows: We, as Greeks, have so much to give if we think positive, go to work with a smile, be hardworking, friendly and offer hospitality. Apart from the cruel news that are spread around the world for our country, Greeks, we have to be united to face the truth.