Pronouncing Balmain, Louboutin and Other Fashion Designers and Luxury Brands


//*(1.16.2012) updated regularly

Happy Chinese New Year, Cebu! To celebrate new beginnings this 2010, Instyle Cebu is going to be releasing more local Cebu fashion and Cebu fashion designers’ dossier. Even expect live street fashion at its finest! There will be more beauty and healthy features and perhaps might even add in dining in Cebu! Keep posted for that, too. Lately, I have been obssessed with Cebu events and best makeup finds so perhaps this year will be gilded to several of those beauty and makeup review tips.

How to Pronounce Fashion Designers Names


Now let us start off with this mini guide on how to pronounce your favorite fashion designer’s name.


A. Lange & Söhne [ah LANG-eh unt ZUN-neh]
Agnes B
(Anne-yes Bee not Buh)
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin (al-BEAR el-BAHZ for lon-VAN)
Alessandro Dell’Acqua (Ala-SAND-roe del-LA-kwa)
Anais Anais (Aney-Aney)
Andrew Gn (Ahn-drew Jen)
Ann Demeulemeester  (ann DEH-moo-lah-MEE-ster)
Anna Sui (Anna Swee)
Anya Hindmarch (Un-ya Hine-march)
Aquascutum (Ah-kwa-skew-tum)
*Audemars Piguet  awe-de (short e on de)-MARR pee-GAY
Azzedine Alaia (Aze-DEEN Ah-lie-yah)
Badgley Mischka (badge-lee meesh-ka)
Balenciaga (Bah-len-see-AH-gah)
Bally (Ba-li)
Balmai (bal-mahn)
Baume and Mercier bawm-and-mers-yey
Bebe (Bee-Bee)
Birkenstock (Bir-ken-schtock)
Blancpain  BLONK-pan (very soft n on the end)
Bottega Veneta (BO-teg-a VEN-eta)
Baume et Mercier bohm ay mers-yay
Boudicca (Boo-dih-ka)
Bulgari (bull-ga-ree)
Burberry Prorsum  (bur-bur-ree por-some)
Byblos (Bee-blow-s)
Cacharel  (Kar-sha-hell)
Carolina Herrera  (caro-leena Ay-reh-ra)
Cartier – Car-ti-yey
Celio – Chel-yo
Chanel – Sha-nel
Charriol – Shar-ee-ol
Chicco (baby products) – Ki-ko
Chloe – Klo-ay
Christian Dior – Kree-styang/ Christiane – Krees-tyan Dee-yor
Christian Lacroix – Kree-styan la-KWA
Christian Louboutin – Kree-styan Loo-bi-TUHN (listen to JLo’s new single!)
Clarins – Clarans
Comme des Garçons: Comb day gar-SONG (flared nostrils for the French)
Diane von Furstenberg : pronounced like its spelled – Von for Vo(h)n
Dior Homme: dee-yoR-OM (french for MEN – silent “H”)
Dolce & Gabbana: DOLE-chay and gab-BON-a
Donna Karan – Donna Karen
Dries Van Noten: DREEZE van KNOW-ten
DSquared2: DEE squared
Emilio Pucci: EH-mee-lio Poo-chee
Empire – Um-pir
Estee Lauder – Es-tay Lo-der
Etienne Aigner : eh-tee-yen on-yay
Etro – Ay-tro
Ermenegildo Zegna (ehr-mene-jeel-yo-zey-nya)
Fa:ge – Farge
Faconnable – Fa-so-nab
Fancl – Fang-kel
Fendi – Fen-dee
FUBU: Foo-boo, as in For Us By Us; not: Ef-You-Bee-You
Furla – Foor-la
Gaultier – Go-tee-ay
Gianfranco Ferre – Jee-an-franco Fer-re
Giorgio Armani – Gjyerjo-Ahrmanee
Girbaud – Jir-bow
Givenchy: Zshee-VONg-she
Gucci: GOO-chi
Guerlain – Gher-lahn
Guy Laroche – Gai-La-rosh
Haider Ackermann
Hedi Slimane: Eddy slim-MAHN
Hermès: AIR-mehz
Hervé Léger : air-vay lay-zjay
Issey Miyake: Ee-say Mih-yak-kee
Jaeger-Le Coultre yay-GER le-COOL-tre (short e on the end)
James Perse : pronounced like “purse”
Jean Paul Gaultier : zhan paul go-tee-ay
John Varvatos: John var-VAY-toes
Junya Watanabe: JUNE-ya Wah-TAH-nah-bay
Kerastase – Ke-ras-tass
Kris Van Assche: Chris van-ASH
Ksubi – Soo-bee
Lambertson Truex : lam-bert-son tru-ex
Lancome – Lan-kom
Lanvin : lon-vawn OR lon-vahn
Les Copains – Ley Copahn
LeSportsac – Leh-sport-sac
L’occitane – Lok-si-tan
Loewe – Low-ev-ay
Louis Vuitton : loo-wee vwe-tahn OR vhee-tawn
Lulu Castagnette – Loo-loo Kas-tan-yet
Mphosis – Em-fosis
Madame Gres : mah-dam gray
Maison Martin Margiela: MAZE-on Mar-TIN mar-GEL-a
Marchesa : mar-kay-sa
Martin Margiela – Maar-TEEN Mar-GEE-lah
Martine Sitbon – mar-teen-sih-bohn
Miu Miu – Mew-Mew
Monique Lhuillier – Mo-neek Lool-leeyay (hello, Cebu!)
Moschino: mo-SKEEN-o
Narciso Rodriguez : nar-si-so rod-ree-gus OR rod-ri-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière (NEE-ko-la guess-KYAIR).
Nike – Nay-ki
Oscar de la Renta: (Os-car deh-la Ren-ta)
Piaget – Pia-jhey
Pierre Cardin : pee-air car-dain
Patek Philippe pat-ECK phil-LEAP
Pinault-Printemps-Redoute – (pee-no prangtam redoot)
Plaid – Plad
Porsche – Por-sha
Prada – Pra-duh
Proenza Schouler – Pro-enza SKOOl-er (my fave to pronounce)
Pucci – poo0-chee
Raf Simons: rauph SEE-mon
Ralph Lauren : Lauren (like the girl’s name, not lo-ren)
Renault (ruh-NO) and Peugeot (puh-ZHO).
Rochas – Ro-sha
Rodarte : row-dar-tay
Romeo Gigli – Ro-meoh gee-lee
Salvatore Ferragamo: Sal-va-TOH-reh Fair-a-GAH-moe
Shu Uemura – Shoe Ooh-eh-moorah
Skechers (Skeh-chers)
Sonia Rykiel : saun-ya ree-kee-eel
Tag Heuer – Tag Ho-yer
Thakoon : ta-koon
Thierry Mugler – Ti-ye-ri Moog-ley
Tibi : tbi (not Tee-bee – make it like “T” is silent)
Tocca : toe-ka
Trussardi – Troo-sahr-dee
Ungaro : oon-ga-ro
Vacheron Constantin (va-sha-RON con-ston-TAN).
Veronique Branquinho: Ve-ro-NEEK BRANG-kee-no
Versace : ver-sah-chee OR ver-saw-chay
Xoxo – So-So
Yohji Yamamoto: YO-jee ya-MA-moto
Yves Saint Laurent: EVE Sane-LOR-aunt
Zac Posen : poe-zen
Zegna: ZANE-ya

Oh, well. There you go! Jimmy Choo might have been missed by who doesn’t know how to say, “My favorite Choo-s are Jimmy Shoes!” Or Tory Burch for Birch Tree? Maybe in the future we might go local, yes? (above photos are taken online)

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  • G

    This is an interesting read. I didn’t know Chicco is pronounced that way–to think I had a lot of those for Nina and Sean when they were younger.

    • Kristine

      I know, right? I still keep getting back to this list from time to time just in case. :)

  • jm

    are u pinoy? if u are, then dont act smart. u’re just a third world countrymen.

  • Kristine Roa

    Hi Jm, yes, I’m Pinoy and I’m not acting smart, just helping out provide a guideline for others out there. If helping out is a crime, please lock me up :)

  • candice cheung

    thanks for sharing! the information is really helpful. ^^

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