How to Pronounce Designer Names A-Z

You may be fashion obsessed but those names can be challenging! Prabal Gurung, Ann Demeulemeester even the seemingly simple Lanvin can cause confusion. It’s like they do it on purpose. Why can’t they all be Tom Ford or Marc Jacobs?

By knowing how to pronounce designer names correctly you can avoid potential embarrassment. Whether discussing the latest collections or referring to a particular designer at Bergdorf’s it will be most helpful and prevent that awkward pause when you’re not sure what to say.

Refer to this A-Z list to help you save face the next time you have to refer to one of these tricky names. And check out these two videos for bonus lessons!


Ok just a little humor…  I promise this one is correct  xx!


Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tey

Alber Elbaz: Ahl-bare El-bahz

Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo

Alessandro Dell’Acqua: Ala-sahnd-roe Del-la-kwa

Alexandre Vauthier: Aleks-andr Vau-tee-ay

Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen

Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tey-Ann

Anna Sui: Anna Swee

Ann Demeulemeester: Ann Deh-mule-eh-meester

Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march

Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa

Azzedine Alaia: Azz-eh-deen Ah-lie-ah



Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka

Balenciaga: Bah-len-see-ah-gah

Balmain: Bahl-mahhhhn

Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta

Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree

Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Proar-some



Cacharel: Cash-er-el

Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era

Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee

Chaiken: Chay-ken

Chanel: Shuh-nel

Christian Dior: Dee-yor

Christian Lacroix: La-kwah

Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tahn

Comme des Garçons: Comb dey Gahr-sown



Dior Homme: Dee-yor Om

Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chey and Gah-bah-na

Dries Van Noten: Dreeze Van Know-ten

DSquared: Dee Squared



Etro: Eh-tro



Fausto Puglisi: Fao-sto Poo-yee-zee

Fendi: Fend-ee



Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew

Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-bah-tease-ta Vah-lee

Gianfranco Ferre: Gee-ahn-franco Feh-ray

Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee

Gucci: Goo-chi

Guy Laroche: Ghee La-roash



Haider Ackermann: Ay-der Ak-er-man

Hedi Slimane: Eddy Slim-mahn

Hermès: Air-mehz

Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay

Hussein Chalayan: Hoo-sane Cha-lion



Issey Miyake: Eees-ay Mee-yah-key



Jean Paul Gaultier: J-awn Paul Go-tee-ay

Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock

John Varvatos: John Var-vay-toes

Junya Watanabe: Joon-yah Wah-tah-nah-bey



Kinder Aggugini: Kinder Ag-ooh-gee-nee

Kris Van Assche: Kris-van-ash



Lanvin: Lahn-vaun

Loewe: Loh-wev-eh

Louis Vuitton: Loo-wee Vwee-tahn

Lucien Pellat-Finet: Lu-see-en Peh-lought Fin-ay

L’Wren Scott: La-ren Scott



Madame Gres: Madame Gray

Mainbocher: Mayn-bo-shay

Maison Martin Margiela: May-sohn Mar-tin Mar-jhell-ah

Marchesa: Mar-kay-sah

Marithe Francois Girbaud: Jer-bo

Markus Lupfer: Mar-kus Lupp-fur

Mary Katrantzou: Mary Cat-tran-zoo

Missoni: Miss-own-ee

Miu Miu: Mew-mew

Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay

Moschino: Mo-ski-no



Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez

Nicolas Ghesquière: Nee-co-la Guess-ki-air



Olivier Rousteing: Oh-liv-ee-ay Rhoos-tain

Olivier Theyskens: Oh-liv-ee-ay Tay-skins

Ovadia & Sons:  Oh-vah-dya and Sons



Phoebe Philo: Fee-bee File-oh

Prabal Gurung: Prah-bull Goo-roong

Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er



Raf Simons: Rauph See-mon-s

Ralph Lauren: Lauren (as in the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)

Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo

Riccardo Tisci: Rik-ar-do Tish-ee

Rochas: Row-shahs

Rodarte: Row-dar-tay

Roksanda Ilincic: Roksanda ill-in-chik Rock-sand-a Ill-in-chich



6267: Six-two-six-seven

Salvatore Ferragamo: Sal-vah-tor-reh Fair-ra-gah-moh

Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel

Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee

Swarovski: Swore-off-ski



Thakoon: Tah-koon

Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moo-gler

Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)

Tocca: Toe-ka



Ungaro: Oon-ga-ro



Versace: Ver-sah-che

Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay



Yigal Azrouël: Yee-gal Ahz-roo-el

Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Yam-ah-mo-to

(Yves) Saint Laurent: Eve-sahn-Lau-ron



Zac Posen : Poe-zen

Zegna: Zen-ya


HOMEWORK: Which names do you find most challenging? Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments!


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