It is absolutely ESSENTIAL for That IT Girl readers to know how to pronounce designer names to perfection.  I mean it is a cardinal sin and a huge fashion faux pas to an extent, however, true to form, I have put together a list of the [american]pronunciation of some of the most common and popular designers. Print this list…memorize it if you have to…just do not go on your next shopping trip without it!

A

Abaete- Ah-bye-ah-tay

Agnes B- Ah-ni-ess  Beh

Alejandro Ingelmo- Allay-handro  In-gel-mo

Allessandro Dell’Acqua- Ala-sand-dro  Del-la-kwa

Alexandre Herchcovitch- Ah-le-zan-dreh  Hair-ch-co-vich

Andrew Gn- Andrew Jen (rhymes with “pen”)

Andy Trê-Anh-  An-dee  Tay-Ann

Ann Demeulemeester- Ann  Deh-moo-lah-mee-ster

Anya Hindmarch- Ahn-ya  Heind-march

Arthur Mendonça- Ar-thur  Men-doe-sa

B

Bagdley Mishchka- Badge-lee  Meesh-ka

Balmain- Bal-mah

Bottega Veneta- Bo-teg-a  Ven-e-ta

Bulgari- Bool-gah-ree

Burberry Prorsum- Bur-bur-ree  Pror-some

C

Carolina Herrera- Caro-leena  Hair-era

Ceasare Paciotti- Che-sah-ray  Pah-cho-tee

Chaiken- Chay-ken

Charriol- Sha-ree-ol

Christian Lacroix-  Chris-chan  La-kwa

Christian Louboutin- Chris-chan  Loo-boo-tan

Comme des Garcons- Comb  Day  Gar-son

D

Diane von Furstenberg- Dy-ann  von  Fur-sten-berg

Dior Homme- Dee-oar  Om

Dolce & Gabanna- Dole-chay  and  Gab-bon-a

Dries Van Noten- Dreeze  Van  Know-ten

DSquared2- Dee-squared

E

Ermenegildo Zegna- Er-men-a-geel-do  Zen-ya

Etienne Aigner- Eh-tee-yeh  On-yay

F

G

Gareth Pugh- Gar-eth  Pew

Givenchy- Zshee-von-she

Giambattista Calli-  Gee-ahm-bah-tista  Valley

Gucci- Goo-chi

H

Hedi Slimane- Eddy  Slim-mahn

Hermès- Air-mehz

Hervé Legér- Air-vey  Lay-Jay

I

J

James Perse-  James Purse

Jean Paul Gaultier- Zhan  Paul  Go-tee-ay

Joeffer Coac: Joe-fur  Kay-ock

John Varatos- John  Var-vay-toes

Junya Watanabe- June-ya  Wah-tah-nah-bay

K

Kris Van Assche- Chris  Van Ash

L

Lambertson Truex- Lam-bert-son  Tru-ex

Lanvin- Lon-vin

Loewe- Low-ev-ay

Louis Vuitton- Loo-E  Vo-ee-ton

L’Wren Scott- Le-ren  Skot

M

Madame Gres- Madame Gray

Mainbocher- Mayn-bo-shay

Maison Martin Margiela- Maze-on  Mar-tin  Mar-gel-a

Marchesa- Mar-kay-sa

Monique Lhullier- Mo-neek  Lo-lee-ay

Moschino- Mo-skeen-o

N

Narciso Rodriguez- Nar-siss-so  Ro-dree-gez

Nicolas Ghesquière- Nee-co-las  Guess-ki-air

O

Olivier Theyskens- Oli-vier  Tay-skins

Oscar De La Renta- Os-car  Day  La  Ren-tah

P

Pierre Cardin- Pee-air  Car-dain

Proenza Schouler- Pro-enza  Skool-er

Q

R

Raf Simons- Rauph  See-mon

Ralph Lauren- Ralph Lauren ( as in “Lauren” the girl’s name, not Loren)

Rei Kawakubo- Ray  Kah-wah-ko-bo

Rodarte- Ro-dart-tay

S

Salvatore Ferragamo- Sal-va-tor-reh  Fair-a-gah-moe

Sonia Rykiel- Son-yah  Ree-kee-eel

Sophia Kokosalaki- So-fee-a  Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee

T

Thakoon- Ta-koon

Thierry Mugler- Tee-air-ree  Moog-lay

Tibi-  Tbi (not Tee-bee)

Tocca- Toe-ka

U

Ungaro- Oon-ga-ro

V

Vacheron Constantin- Va-sha-ron  Con-ston-tan

Veronique Branquinho- Ve-ro-neek  Brang-kee-no

Versace- Ver-sah-chay

Vionnet- Vee-oh-nay

X

Y

Yohji Yamamoto- Yo-jee Ya-ma-moto

Yves Saint Laurent- Eve  San  Lor-aunt (the “t” at the end should be barely audible)

Z

Zac Posen-  Zak  Po-zen

Zegna- Zane-ya