Mission: How do you pronounce that designer’s name?

Have you ever wondered or pondered how to pronounce a designer’s name like Louboutin or Givenchy?

Well, here is a how-to pronounce guide, so that the next time you’re out with your BFFs imagine how impressed they’ll be when you’re tossing around your new designer vocab.

Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay

Agnes B: Ah-ni-ess Beh

Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo

Get the full AUDIO list at http://thechicspy.com/?p=433.

Chicly Yours,
The Chic Spy


  Chic and Charming wrote @

Genius post! Every girl should know this!

  Ms. P&C wrote @

Love it! So very clever…

  Diabolina wrote @

love this.

great blog!

  nuvonova wrote @

This is great but I must correct Moschino. I did an internship there, and it is..

Mos-keen-o .. if you can tell the difference? But then again, it might vary depending on ones accent!

  D wrote @

you forgot Yves Saint Laurent

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

I believe the pronounciation of Mo-ski-no is the same sound of Mos-keen-o.

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Thanks D, I have added Yves Saint Laurent. Good spot, how could I have missed someone who was a major influence on the fashion industry!

  Cynthia wrote @

How do you pronounce Perse in James Perse? Is it just like “purse”, or something else?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Cynthia, great question! Actually, it is pronounced in two slight variations. Purse is one of them (as in a lady’s purse) and the other is the first ‘e’ in Perse is pronounced like the ‘e’ in the word pet. I hope that helps. Thanks for responding!

  Lynn wrote @

Growing up in the 80s, the pronunciation of Aigner was always butchered. What is the correct pronunciation of Etienne Aigner ?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Lynn, the pronounciation for Etienne Aigner is Eh-tee-yen On-yay. Another good one I missed. Thanks for the comment.

  Laura wrote @

Hi. How about Lambertson Truex? Thanks!

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Laura,

Richard Lambertson and John Truex are known the world around for their luxurious handbags and accessories. How could I miss this one? The pronounciation is as it looks, Lam-bert-son Tru-ex. Thanks for the comment!

  Lauren wrote @

THANKS! that was sooo helpful! now i know how to say “givenchy”!!

  etienne wrote @

awesome! :) you are a genius. how about versace? ver-sa-shay?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Thank you Etienne, good call on Versace!

  Katie wrote @

This list is very helpful, but how do you pronounce Balmain?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Katie,

Good one! The pronounciation of Balmain is Bal-mah. I will add it to the list.

Thanks for asking!

  Darcy wrote @

What about Diane von Furstenberg?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Great question Darcy! Diane von Furstenberg is pronounced as it looks. Fur-sten-berg.

  Amanda wrote @

This is soooo cool! I absolutely LOVE this blog idea! I’ve been so embarrassed that I didn’t know how to pronounce some of these names, and now I’ve got something to go by. THANKS!

  Kate wrote @

Very cool !
Please, how do you pronounce L’Wren Scott ?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Kate,

The pronunciation for L’Wren Scott is Le-ren Skot. Thanks for visiting.

  e wrote @

this is great! I keep hearing people say Ralph Loren and want to say HE’S AS AMERICAN AS IT GETS! LAUREN, PEOPLE!!! :)

  Liz wrote @

Great blog, very helpful. For Hermes and Herve Leger though the first part isn’t pronounced “air”, it’s more like “ehr”

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Liz,

Thanks for the heads up. I wanted to use the easiest recognizable pronunciation for readers.

  Renee wrote @

Hi I wana know the correct pronounciation for tis brand – Anges B…Anya Bay..? or Ag-nes B…? sigh…

  Renee wrote @

oops spellin mistake.. shld b *Agnes B*

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  Khita wrote @

this has been very educational. seriously.

  jimmy wrote @

hey i was wondering how would you pronounce alexandre herchcovitch

  Saadia wrote @

U forgot abt. D&G.

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Thank you Saadia! The pronounciation for Dolce & Gabbana is Dole-ch-aye Ga-bon-na.

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Jimmy! Alexandre Herchcovitch is pronounced Ah-le-zan-dreh Hair-ch-co-vich.

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Renee, Agnes B is pronounced ah-ni-ess-beh.

  Popi Smith wrote @

How do yuo pronounce Dana Buchman?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Popi. Dana Buchman is pronounced Day-nah Buck-man.

  Mary wrote @

Could you please elaborate on Tibi? I’ve been saying it wrong (tee-bee) and can’t tell from the guide what the correct way is. Either way, thanks so much for the great blog. I’ve probably checked this 5x since summer!

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Mary. Tibi is pronounced Tbi as in tu-by.

  Dee wrote @

This is a bit late but I still hope you can help out on this.

How do you pronounce Balenciaga?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Hello Dee,

Balenciaga is pronounced, Bah-lin-cee-ah-gah.

  Michelle wrote @

Hi there, if I remember correctly, the associate at the Ermenegildo Zegna Outlet Store outside of Tuscany, told me that “gil” in Ermenegildo is prounounced “jeel,” like “jack and” jill,” not “geel” like “go”
So it’s actually Er-men-a-jeel-do. Hope this helps. :)

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

Thank you Michelle! You are correct as well. I was thinking readers would read “geel” as they do “gee,” the expression, which is pronounced like “jeel.”

Chicly Yours,
The Chic Spy

  hklovejoy wrote @

Thank you so much for this super guide!

  Polly wrote @

Thanks for posting this article; it’s incredibly helpful!
How do you pronounce Chloë Sevigny though?

  Pepe wrote @

Thank you so much! Just what I needed.

  Sherry wrote @

How do you pronounce chic? Although this may seem minor – there is no “sh” sound in spanish. So would you please give proper pronunciation for chic?

  Mignon A. Gould wrote @

The origin of the word “chic” is French.

  Sherry wrote @

Thank you so much. This is a great help. How do you say Indecence? This is a fragrance by Givenchy.

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