How Do You Pronounce Fashion Designer Names Correctly?

High-fashion and designer style is great, but how do you pronounce all those designers' names? One of the most intimidating parts for newbies diving into the world of designer menswear is just figuring out how to say all the names. Here's some basic tips and a guide so you sound like you know what you're talking about. 

One of the best tips is to know where the designer or fashion house originates. If they're French, you'll want to drop the final vowels on words, just breath the Hs and slur the words together a bit.  Meanwhile for the Italians and Japanese, you'll want to pronounce those vowels at the end with gusto.

If you're looking to expand your fashion lexicon, here is your cheat sheet.

Alessandro Dell'Acqua

Italian
Ala-SAND-roe del-LA-kwa

Ann Demeulemeester

Belgium
ann DEH-moo-lah-MEE-ster

Bottega Veneta

Italian
BO-teg-a VEN-eta

Burberry Prorsum

UK + Latin
BUR-bur-ree proar-SOME

Comme des Garçons

French
Comb day gar-SON

Dior Homme

French
dee-OAR OM

Dolce & Gabbana

​Italian
DOLE-chay and gab-BON-a

Dries Van Noten

Belgium
DREEZE van KNOW-ten

DSquared2

DEE squared

Givenchy

French
Zshee-VON-she

Gucci

Italian
GOO-chi

Hedi Slimane

French
Eddy slim-MAHN

Hermès

French
AIR-mehz

John Varvatos

USA
John var-VAY-toes

Junya Watanabe

Japanese
JUNE-ya Wah-TAH-nah-bay

Kris Van Assche

Belgium
Chris van-ASH

Lanvin

French
lon-VAUN

Louis Vuitton

​French
loo-E vo-WE-ton

Maison Martin Margiela

​French
MAZE-on Mar-TIN mar-GEL-a

Moschino

Italian
mo-SKEEN-o

Ovadia & Sons

USA
Oh-VAH-dya and Sons


Proenza Schouler

USA
pro-en-zuh skool-er

Raf Simons

Belgium
rauph SIM-mons

Rodarte:

USA
row-dar-tay

Salvatore Ferragamo

Italian
Sal-va-TOH-reh Fair-a-GAH-moe

Versace

Italian
ver-SAH-chay

Yohji Yamamoto

Japanese
YO-jee ya-MA-moto

Yves Saint Laurent

French
EVE Sane-LOR-aunt

Zegna

​Italian
ZANE-ya