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How to Pronounce Designer Brands

An a–z guide to up your fashionista game

 

You are out shopping, eyeing some fabulous designer garb and then it hits you, you have no idea how to pronounce the brand! Up your fashionista game and never be stumped by a designer name again. Here’s a handy A–Z list of how to pronounce some of the toughies out there. Need help with a name? Type it into the comments and I'll add it to the list!

 

A

ALTUZARRA

ALTUZARRA

Agent Provacateur – AH-ghant pro-VAC-a-TOOR

Altuzarra – al-tu-ZAH-ruh

Ann Demeulemeester – ANN de-MOO-leh-meester

Armani Preivé – ar-MAHN-ee PRE-vay

Azzedine Alaïa – AZZ-uh-deen a-LYE-ah

B

BOTTEGA VENETA

BOTTEGA VENETA

Badgley Mischka – BADGE-ley MISH-ka

Balenciaga – ba-len-SEE-ah-guh

Balmain – bahl-MAHN

Bottega Veneta – boh-TAY-guh VIN-un-tuh

Bvlgari – BUHL-guh-ree

Burberry Prorsum – BUR-bur-ee PROR-sum

Boucheron – BOO-sher-ohn

C

CHRISTIAN DIOR

CHRISTIAN DIOR

Camilla Skovgaard – ca-MILLA SKOVE-guard

Carolina Herrera – caro-LEE-na herr-AIR-uh

Cartier – KAH-tee-ay

Céline – seh-LEEN

Christian Dior – KRIS-chen dee-YOR

Christian Lacroix – KRIS-chen la-KWAH

Christian Louboutin – KRIS-chen LOO-boo-tahn

Commes de Garçons – KOM day gar-SOHN

 

D

DOLCE & GABBANA

DOLCE & GABBANA

David Yurman – DAY-vid YUR-man

Dior Homme – dee-YOR OHM

Dolce & Gabbana – dol-CHAY and ga-BAH-na

Dries Van Noten – drees van NO-ten

 

 

G

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

Giambattista Valli – JOM-ba-TEE-sta VA-lee

Giuseppe Zanotti – gi-SEPP-ee za-NO-tee

Givenchy – gee-VAHN-shee or zhee-von-she

Gucci – GOO-chee

 

J

JOIE

JOIE

Jean-Paul Gaultier – JOHN PAUL GO-tee-ay

John Galliano – JOHN gal-ee-AH-no

John Varvatos – JOHN var-VAY-tos

Joie — ZWhä

Junya Watanabe – JOON-ya wa-tah-NAH-beh

 

 

M

MAISON MARGIELA

MAISON MARGIELA

Mackage – MA-cahge

Maison Margiela – may-SOHN mar-GELLA

Manolo Blahnik – ma-NO-la BLAH-mick

Marchesa – mar-KAY-sah

Missoni – miss-OH-nee

Miu Miu – MEW MEW

Miuccia Prada – MYOO-cha PRA-da

Monique Lhuillier – mo-NEEK lool-YAY

Monse – mon-SAY

Moschino – mo-SKEE-no

 

R

REBECCA MINKOFF

REBECCA MINKOFF

Rebecca Minkoff –re-BECCA MINK-off

Riccardo Tisci – ri-CAR-do TI-shee

Roberto Cavalli – RO-ber-TO cah-VALL-ee

Rochas – ro-CHAS

Rodarte – ro-DAR-tay

Roger Vivier – RO-ger viv-VEE-yay

Roland Mouret – RO-land MOO-ray

 

V

VALENTINO

VALENTINO

Valentino – val-en-TEE-no

Van Cleef & Arpels – van CLEEF and ar-PELLZ

Versace – ver-SAH-chee

Via Spiga – VEE-AH SPEE-gah

Viktor & Rolf – VIK-tor and ROLF

Vionnet – VEE-oh-NAY

 

E

ERDEM

ERDEM

Emilio Pucci – un-MEE-lee-oh POO-chee

Erdem – ERR-dem

Ermenegildo Zegna – ERR-men-Gil-do ZAYN-ah

Etienne Aigner – eh-TEA-yen AHN-ay

Etro – ET-row

 

H

HERMÈS

HERMÈS

Hermès – err-MEZ

Hervé Léger – ERR-vey Le-JAY

 

 

 

K

KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE

KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE

Karl Lagerfeld – KARL LAH-ger-feld

Kiki de Montparnasse – KEE-KEE day MONT-par-nass

 

 

 

 

 

N

NORMA KAMLI

NORMA KAMLI

Nanette Lepore – na-NET le-PORE

Narciso Rodriguez – nar-CIS-co rod-REE-gez

Norma Kamali – NOR-ma kah-MAL-ee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S

SIGERSON MORRISON

SIGERSON MORRISON

Salvatore Ferragamo – sal-va-TOR-ay fair-ah-GAH-mo

Sergio Rossi – SER-gio ROSSI

Shiseido – shi-SAY-do

Shu Uemura – SHOO oo-moo-RAH

Sigerson Morrison — see-GER-son MOR-i-son

Sonia Rykiel – SO-nya REE-key-el

Swarovski – swar-OV-skee

 

Y

YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTY

YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTY

Yigal Azrouël – YEE-gal AHZ-roo-el

Yves Saint Laurent – EVE sahn LO-rahn

 

F

FENDI

FENDI

Fendi – FEN-dee

 

 

 

 

 

I

ISABEL MARANT

ISABEL MARANT

Isabel Marant – IS-a-bel MAR-ant

Issey Miyake – ih-SEE mee-YAH-ke

 

 

 

L

L'OCCITANE

L'OCCITANE

L’Occitane – L-OSS-i-tayne

Lancȏme – LAHN-cohm

Lanvin – lahn-VAHN

Laura Mercier – LOR-ah mer-see-AY

Loewe – LO-ay-vay

Louis Vuitton – LOO-ee VWEE-ton

 

P

PROENZA SCHOULER

PROENZA SCHOULER

Perricone MD – pear-i-CONE M-D

Piazza Sempione – pee-AH-zah SEM-pee-oh-nay

Pour La Victoire – POOR lah VIC-tor-ee

Prabal Gurung – PRAH-bal goo-RUNG

Prada – PRA-da

Prevage – preh-VAHGE

Proenza Schouler – pro-ENZA SKOO-ler

Pucci – POO-chi

 

 

 

T

THAKOON

THAKOON

Tag Heuer – TAG HOY-err

Thakoon – TA-koon

Thierry Mugler – TERRY MOO-gler

Trovata –  tro-VA-ta

 

 

 

 

Z

ZAC POSEN

ZAC POSEN

Zac Posen — ZAC PO-zen