A Fashion Pronunciation Guide

HermesShould you ever find yourself in the position of buying a bag at Hermes, darlings, the last thing you want to do is enter the store and say:

"Oooooooh, I just LOVE me some HER-Meeeez!!!!"


Because it's pronounced "Err-MEZ."

It doesn't matter whether you can afford to buy designs from Proenza Schouler or Lanvin -- you can at least learn to pronounce them.

After all, you never know when you'll find yourself front row at a Fashion Week runway show ...

Or at least that's what I keep telling myself.

Read on to find out the correct way to pronounce some of the biggest designer and brand names in the fashion industry. And if I missed one you've been wondering about, let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the list!


Proenza Schouler: Pro-IN-za SCHOOL-er

Bebe: BEE-BEE (I said "Bay-bay" for years. OOPS.)

Ralph Lauren: Ralph LOHR-ren (NOT "Ralph Lo-REN")

Donna Karan: Donna Karen

Ungaro: OON-ga-ro

L'Occitane: Lox-ee-tan

Max Mara: Max Mah-ra

Givenchy: Zhee-VON-shee

Lanvin: Lohn-VAN

Bulgari: BOOL-ga-ree

Herve Leger: Err-VEH Le-zhay

Louboutin: Loo-boo-tahn

Balmain: Bal-MAHN

Gaultier: GO-tee-AY

Tocca: Toe-kah

Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ee Moo-glay

Any questions?

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