50 Designer Brand Names You’re Probably Mispronouncing

Never screw up "Moschino" and "Givenchy" again.

50 Designer Brand Names You’re Probably Mispronouncing

Never screw up "Moschino" and "Givenchy" again.

We’ve all been there. You pool all of your money for the month on a gorgeous designer dress or custom tailored suit for a big event. You show up to said event, feeling like a million bucks, radiating your best possible self. Someone comes to compliment you, of course, and then asks, “Who are you wearing?”

You falter. Your heart pounds. Your palms start to sweat. You realize you have no idea how to actually pronounce the name of the designer, and now, in one second, you’ve been demoted from the king/queen of the palace to a complete and utter peasant fool.

And the worst part is that, every year, new designers with equally indecipherable names sprout on the fashion scene. You’ve only just mastered Givenchy and now you’ve got Yohji Yamamoto to deal with. Luckily, we’ve compiled this handy guide, so you don’t end up with egg on your face at your next fashion-forward brunch. And for more great style tips, here are 14 Must-Have Looks from the Year’s Most Anticipated Movies. 

Aritzia is a fashion designer you should know how to pronounce

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Aritzia

The right way to pronounce it: uh-RI-tsi-ya

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Anna Sui

The right way to pronounce it: anna swee

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Ann Demeulemeester

The right way to pronounce it: ann de-mule-eh-meester

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Azzedine Alaia

The right way to pronounce it: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah

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Badgley Mischka

The right way to pronounce it: badge-lee meesh-kah

balenciaga is a fashion designer you should know how to pronounce

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Balenciaga

The right way to pronounce it: bah-len-see-ah-gah

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Balmain

The right way to pronounce it: bahl-mahhhhn

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Bottega Veneta

The right way to pronounce it: bow-tay-guh vah-netta

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Christian Lacroix

The right way to pronounce it: kreestyan luh-kwa

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Christian Louboutin

The right way to pronounce it: kreestyan loo-boo-tan

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Comme des Garçons

The right way to pronounce it: comb de gar-sohn

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Dolce & Gabbana

The right way to pronounce it: dol-chey and gab-ana

Dries Van Noten is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Dries Van Noten

The right way to pronounce it: drees van know-ten

Ermenegildo Zegna is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Ermenegildo Zegna

The right way to pronounce it: er-me-ne-geel-do zen-ya

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Frederic Fekkai

The right way to pronounce it: fre-de-reek fe-kai

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Guess by Marciano

The right way to pronounce it: guess by mar-chee-a-no

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Giambattista Valli

The right way to pronounce it: gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee

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Givenchy

The right way to pronounce it: zhee-von-shee

Guerlain is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Guerlain

The right way to pronounce it: ghor-lehng

Henri Bendel is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Henri Bendel

The right way to pronounce it: hen-ree ben-del

Hermes is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Hermès

The right way to pronounce it: er-mez

Herve Leger is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Hervé Léger

The right way to pronounce it: air-vay lay-jah

Hussein Chalayan is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Hussein Chalayan

The right way to pronounce it: hoo-sane sha-lion

Issey Miyake is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Issey Miyake

The right way to pronounce it: iss-ee mee-yah-key

Jean-Paul Gaultier is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Jean Paul Gaultier

The right way to pronounce it: zhon paul go-tee-ay

Junya Watanabe is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Junya Watanabe

The right way to pronounce it: jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey

Kinder Aggugini is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Kinder Aggugini

The right way to pronounce it: kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee

Lanvinis a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Lanvin

The right way to pronounce it: lahn-vahn

Loewe is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Loewe

The right way to pronounce it: loh-wev-eh

Louis Vuitton is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Louis Vuitton

The right way to pronounce it: loo-wee vee-tahn

Lululemon is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Lululemon

The right way to pronounce it: loo-loo-le-mon

L'Wren Scott is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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L’Wren Scott

The right way to pronounce it: la-ren scott

Manolo Blahnik is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Manolo Blahnik

The right way to pronounce it: mah-no-lo Bla-nik

Marchesais a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Marchesa

The right way to pronounce it: mar-kay-zah

Massimo Dutti is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Massimo Dutti

The right way to pronounce it: mah-see-mo doo-tee

Carlos Mieleis a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Miele

The right way to pronounce it: meal-uh

miu miu is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Miu Miu

The right way to pronounce it: mew-mew

Monique Lhuillier is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Monique Lhuillier

The right way to pronounce it: monique le-hu-lee-ay

Moschino is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Moschino

The right way to pronounce it: mos-key-no

Olivier Theyskens is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Olivier Theyskens

The right way to pronounce it: oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins

Porsche is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Porsche

The right way to pronounce it: por-shya

Rochas is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Rochas

The right way to pronounce it: row-shahs

Salvatore Ferragamo is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Salvatore Ferragamo

The right way to pronounce it: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh

Sonia Rykiel is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Sonia Rykiel

The right way to pronounce it: sewn-yah ree-key-el

Stuart Weitzman is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Stuart Weitzman

The right way to pronounce it: stoo-art why-ts-min

Thakoon is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Thakoon

The right way to pronounce it: tah-koon

van clef & arpels is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Van Cleef & Arpels

The right way to pronounce it: van kleef and ahr-PELL

Versace is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Versace

The right way to pronounce it: vur-sah-chee

Yves Saint Laurent is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Yves Saint Laurent

The right way to pronounce it: eve san lau-ron

Yohji Yamamoto is a fashion designer's name you should know how to pronounce

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Yohji Yamamoto

The right way to pronounce it: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to

And, if you want to be real fancy, it’s za-GAT, not zah-gat, and AH-di-das, not uh-di-das.

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