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How to Pronounce Designer Names

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How to Pronounce Designer Names

Remember when you weren't sure if Ralph Lauren's name was pronounced like the girl's name or the Italian actress Sofia Loren?* Here's a cheat sheet of some labels from across the pond that aren't as easy as our own Thom Browne and Michael Kors.

Alessandro Dell'Acqua: Ala-SAND-roe del-LA-kwa

Ann Demeulemeester: ann DEH-moo-lah-MEE-ster

Bottega Veneta: BO-teg-a VEN-eta

Burberry Prorsum: BUR-bur-ree proar-SOME

Comme des Garçons: Comb day gar-SON

Dior Homme: dee-OAR OM

Dolce & Gabbana: DOLE-chay and gab-BON-a

Dries Van Noten: DREEZE van KNOW-ten

DSquared2: DEE squared

Givenchy: Zshee-VON-she

Gucci: GOO-chi

Hedi Slimane: Eddy slim-MAHN

Hermès: AIR-mehz

John Varvatos: John var-VAY-toes

Junya Watanabe: JUNE-ya Wah-TAH-nah-bay

Kris Van Assche: Chris van-ASH

Lanvin: lon-VAUN

Louis Vuitton: loo-E vo-WE-ton

Maison Martin Margiela: MAZE-on Mar-TIN mar-GEL-a

Moschino: mo-SKEEN-o

Raf Simons: rauph SEE-mon

Salvatore Ferragamo: Sal-va-TOH-reh Fair-a-GAH-moe

Veronique Branquinho: Ve-ro-NEEK BRANG-kee-no

Versace: ver-SAH-chay

Yohji Yamamoto: YO-jee ya-MA-moto

Yves Saint Laurent: EVE Sane-LOR-aunt

Zegna: ZANE-ya

according to the Wall Street Journal

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