How To Pronounce Designer Names

Have you been intimidated to join a conversation on a hot new line because you aren’t sure how to say the designers name? Don’t worry…you are not alone…something that is common with fashion designers is that their complicated names are usually hard to pronounce giving people a hard time to grasp and actually say them correctly. Have you ever found yourself in such a situation? If you have, then I’m sure you would want know how different designers names are pronounced. I hope this list below helps you. Another trick if you are still having issues is to try to find live interviews as the person doing the interview has definitely ensured the name is practiced before hand …

  • Anna Sui: anna swee
  • Ann Demeulemeester: ann de-mule-eh-meester
  • Azzedine Alaia: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah
  • Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-kah
  • Balenciaga: bahl-en-see-AH-gah
  • Balmain: bahl-mahhhhn
  • Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta
  • Carolina Herrera: cair-oh-LEE-nah her-RAIR-ah
  • Christian Lacroix: christian luh-kwa
  • Christian Louboutin: KREEST-yahn loo-boo-TAHN
  • Comme des Garçons: comb dey gah-sown
  • Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chey and gab-ana
  • Dries Van Noten: drees van know-ten
  • Ermenegildo Zegna: air-men-eh-GEEL-doh ZEHN-ya , their current designer is Stefano Pilati
  • Gareth Pugh: gareth pew
  • Giambattista Valli: gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee
  • Gianfranco Ferre: gee-ahn-franco feh-ray
  • Givenchy: zhee-vawn-shee
  • Hermès: er-mez
  • Hervé Léger: air-vay lay-jah
  • Hussein Chalayan: hoo-sane sha-lion
  • Issey Miyake: iss-ee mee-yah-key
  • Jean Paul Gaultier: zhon paul go-tee-ay
  • Junya Watanabe: jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey
  • Kinder Aggugini: kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee
  • Lanvin: lahn-vahn
  • Loewe: loh-wev-eh
  • Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vwee-tahn  Their current designer is Nicolas Ghesquiere (NEE-koh-la GEHS-kyair)
  • L’Wren Scott: la-ren scott
  • Maison Martin Margiela: may-ZOHN mar-tahn mar-JEL-ah
  • Manolo Blahnik: mah-NO-lo BLAH-nik
  • Marchesa: mar-kay-sah
  • Marni: mar-nee and their current designer is Consuelo Casatiglioni (cohn-      SWAY-loh cah-steel-YO-nee)
  • Mary Katrantzou: mary cat-trant-zoo
  • Miu Miu: mew-mew
  • Monique Lhuillier: monique le-hu-lee-ay
  • Moschino: mos-key-no
  • Narciso Rodriguez: nar-SEE-so rah-DREE-gezz
  • Olivier Theyskens: oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins
  • Proenza Schouler: pro-en-zuh skool-er
  • Ralph Lauren: ralph LOHR-en.
  • Rochas: row-shahs
  • Rodarte: row-dar-tay
  • Roksanda Ilincic: roksanda ill-in-chikent
  • Saint Laurent: saan loh-rahn with their current designer is Hedi Slimane(ED-ee slih-MAAN)
  • Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh
  • Sonia Rykiel: sewn-yah ree-key-el
  • Thakoon: tah-koon
  • Versace: vur-sah-chee
  • Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lau-ron
  • Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to
  • Versace: vair-SAH-chay


So those are your fashion designer’s names. Always complicated and likely to elicit wrong and varied pronunciations from different people. But with the correct pronunciation listed for each name, I’m sure you are going to get it right next time.

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