How to Properly Pronounce the Names of 20 French Designers

Amazingly, some people pronounce it exactly as it's written which is a real 'no no', but there's a further subtlety to the word too. 'Even if you break the word in two, as you should do, it should finish with an 'ess' sound and not a soft 'ez'.

Hello Dee, Balenciaga is pronounced, Bah-lin-cee-ah-gah. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig Founded: The pronounciation of Balmain is Bal-mah. Thank you for your site! Great blog, very helpful.

In fact, it almost seems like having a tricky-to-pronounce label name is a rite of passage for many high-end designers (How many silent H and S sounds can an amateur linguist handle?!) Even fashion editors like us occasionally get stumped when it comes to flawlessly verbalizing even the most ubiquitous French brand names like Louis Vuitton and Givenchy.
Use the guides below to explore more of the world of fashion designer pronunciation in all it's confusing, surprising and interesting glory: Designer Pronunciation , from InStyle: A slide alphabetical guide to how to pronounce designer names including Altuzara, Commes des Garçons, Balenciaga and more.
Ever found yourself stuck for words when trying to pronounce some of the trickier names in the fashion lexicon? Us too. So, for anyone who has ever stumbled over Salvatore Ferragamo or mumbled their way through Maison Martin Margiela, we've compiled the ultimate cheat sheet to help you master the dialects of the designer alphabet.
With more than names, this is the ultimate how-to guide on pronouncing tongue-twisting designer names such as Louboutin and Demeulemeester.
Of course, at this point, you're adept at articulating all the actual design house monikers — Loo-ee Vyee-tahn, duh — but the actual designers' names can still cause some perplexing situations or lively debates (like, is it Roksanda Ill-in-chick or Ill-in-chich?!).
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Amazingly, some people pronounce it exactly as it's written which is a real 'no no', but there's a further subtlety to the word too. 'Even if you break the word in two, as you should do, it should finish with an 'ess' sound and not a soft 'ez'.

After intensively researching names and sounding them out, plus additional rounds of editing, fact-checking, and finessing, we present you with a phonetics guide to help you accurately pronounce each one. Demna Gvasalia, since Founded: Tomas Maier, since Founded: Founder of Marni Since: Dries Van Noten Founded: Bertrand Guyon, since Founded: Stefano Pilati, since Founded: Until recently, Riccardo Tisci Founded: Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, since Founded: Thanks for the comment.

Growing up in the 80s, the pronunciation of Aigner was always butchered. What is the correct pronunciation of Etienne Aigner? Hello Cynthia, great question!

Actually, it is pronounced in two slight variations. I hope that helps. How do you pronounce Perse in James Perse? Good spot, how could I have missed someone who was a major influence on the fashion industry!

But then again, it might vary depending on ones accent! Designer Name Audio Guide. June Views. Find All Posts of This Month:. The Chic Spy Hello Agents of Chic, I'm your source for chic style and entertainment intel on fashion, film, and pop culture.

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Any future updates one new designers? Like Vetements, Jacquemus etc…. The pronunciations are as follows: Thanks for visiting my site. Chicly Yours, The Chic Spy.

What about Michael Kors? Really, I just want to know if the s is silent or not. Hello Lilly, Thanks for asking! Hello Kab, The pronunciation would be Sane-tuh J-ahn. Thanks for visiting Ms. I am glad you found my designer pronunciation guide helpful! Such a great idea! How about Skovgaard, as in Camilla Skovgaard?? Afterall do you call Munich Muenchen?

For the best answers, search on this site https: Lots of people pronounce it "her-meez" but it's really "air-mays". Learned that in my fashion marketing class, so I'm pretty sure it's accurate! How to correctly pronounce the name "Nevaeh"? Can you correctly pronounce my last name?

We've heard them all: designer names, pronounced in every way imaginable. Obviously, there's only one correct way to say them; obviously, we're To help everyone get on the same page, we compiled a designer pronunciation guide that comprise the most commonly mispronounced names in fashion. Ever found yourself stuck for words when trying to pronounce some of the trickier names in the fashion lexicon? Us too. So, for anyone who has ever stumbled over Salvatore Ferragamo or mumbled their way through Maison Martin Margiela, we've compiled the ultimate cheat sheet to help you master the dialects of the designer alphabet. Of course, at this point, you're adept at articulating all the actual design house monikers — Loo-ee Vyee-tahn, duh — but the actual designers' names can still cause some perplexing situations or lively debates (like, is it Roksanda Ill-in-chick or Ill-in-chich?!).