How to Pronounce 65 Designer Names And Put An End To Perplexity

Pronounce-Designer Names

Learning how to pronounce designer names is hard! When it comes to fashion, we are surrounded by a fair amount of oh-so-confusing-designers-and-label names… I personally used to avoid any conversation that might even have the slightest possibilty of mentioning Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere.. I mean seriously, nee-ko-la jes-ke-air , even the so assumed easy-to-sound-out, generously detailed phonetic pronunciation attempt proves to be severely strenuous!! Mind you, it’s with a soft ‘j’..


Pronounce-Designer Names

Bottom line, we feel you.. No matter how passionate you are about fashion, sometimes a roomful of fashion lovers can create a massacre out of some designer names so you’re not alone! Don’t feel bad. To help wrap up fashion week in the most decent of ways, we feel that we owe it to the brilliant talents behind the runways to correctly pronounce their namesake brands..In order to help you never fake your way around verbalizing Demna Gvasalia ( deem-nah vas-ah-liyah), ugh, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of designer names behind the biggest fashion brands out there, with detailed phonetic pronunciations below.


Alessandro Michele || Creative Director || Gucci

a-lay-san-dro me-kay-lay

Alexandre Vauthier

aleks-andr vau-tee-aye

Ann Demeulemeester

ann de-mule-eh-meester

Anthony Vaccarello || Creative Director || Saint Laurent Paris

an-to-nee vah-kah-reh-lo

Carin Rodebjer || Founder and Creative Director || Rodebjer

kaar-in ro-duh-beer

Christophe Lemaire || Founder and Designer || Lemaire and artistic director || Uniqlo U

kree-stoff le-mair

Christopher De Vos || Designer and Partner || Peter Pilotto

kris-tuh-fer de-voes

Consuelo Castiglioni || Creative Director || Marni

con-sway-lo cas-tig-lee-oh-nee

Demna Gvasalia || Creative Director || Balenciaga and Head Designer || Vetements

(veht-mohn) , deem-nah vas-ah-liyah

Duro Olowu

dure-oh o-low-woo

Erdem Moralioglu || Designer || Erdem

er- dem , moralee-oh-glue

Ermanno Scervino

err-mah-no sher-vee-no

Fausto Puglisi

fao-sto poo-yee-zee

Guo Pei


Haider Ackermann

ay-der ak-er-man

Hedi Slimane || Former Creative Director || Saint Laurent Paris

ed-ee slim-ahn

Huishan Zhang

hway-shan tzahng

Hussein Chalayan

hu-se-in cha-la-yan

Jonathan Simkhai

jon-a-thon sim-ky (like “eye”)

Maria Grazia Chiuri || Creative Director || C

maria grah-tzia key-yuri

Markus Lupfer

mar-kus lupp-fur (as in “up” and fur, like, “animal fur”)

Marta Marques || Co-Founder, Marques’Almeida

mar-ta mar-kes

Mary Katrantzou

mar-ee ka-tran-zoo

Alexis Mabille, Alexi-Mabeel

Jacquemus, ja-keh-muhs



Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski || Creative Director || Hermès

nah-dej van-hee sy-bool-ski

Nicolas Ghesquière || Artistic Director of Women’s Collections || Louis Vuitton

nee-ko-la jes-ke-air (with a soft “j”)

Olivier Rousteing || Creative Director || Balmain

oh-liv-ee-aye rhoos-tain

Paulo Almeida || Co-Founder || Marques’Almeida

pow-lo al-may-da

Phoebe Philo || Creative Director || Céline

fee-bee file-oh

Pierpaolo Piccioli || Creative Director || Valentino

pier-paolo pea-shioli

Prabal Gurung

prah-bull (like “trouble”) goo-roong

Raf Simons || Chief Creative Officer || Calvin Klein

rauf see-mon-s

Riccardo Tisci || Creative Director || Givenchy

rik-ar-do tish-ee

Robert Tagliapietra || Designer and Co-Founder || now-closed Costello Tagliapietra and recently launched JCRT

ro-bert tag-lee-ya-pee-ay-tra

Roksanda Ilincic || Designer and Founder || Roksanda

rock-sand-a ill-in-chich

Simone Rocha

see-mone ro-sha

Tadashi Shoji

ta-da-shee sho-jee

Thakoon Panichgul || Designer and Founder || Thakoon

tah-koon pah-nich-gull

Thea Bregazzi || Designer and Co-Founder || Preen

thee-ah bru-gahz-ee

Timo Weiland || Designer and Co-Founder || Timo Weiland

tee-mo why-land

Ulyana Sergeenko

uhl-yahn-uh se-air-jane-koh

Veronique Branquinho

ver-on-neek brahn-kin-oh

Vika Gazinskaya

vee-kah gahv-in-skee-yah

Yigal Azrouël

yee-gal ahz-roo-el



Leofller Randall

Lef-ler randall



Silvia Tcherassi

salvia tsherazzy

Renee Caovilla

ray-nay cow-villa

Chiara Ferragni

Kee-arah Fare-ah-nee

Sies Marjan

Sees (second ’s’ sounds like a ‘c’) Mar-jan (the ‘r’ is in French accent)

Emilia Wickstead

Emilia Wik-sted

Adam Lippes

Adam lip-uhs

Baja East

bah-ha eest

Cedric Charlier

sed-rick shar-li-yay





Rosie Assoulin

row-see ah-soo-lin

Johanna Ortiz

jo-ah-nah or-teez