20 Fashion Brands You Might Be Mispronouncing

Fancy French designers: You expect them to throw you for a loop. But when some of your shopping-mall staples (like Uniqlo and Zara) betray you with an overly complicated (or perhaps super simplified) pronunciation, it makes you want to shop only at stores like Gap or the Limited. Here, 20 fashion brands you might be mispronouncing.

hermes

HERMÈS

The wrong way: Her-mez
The right way: Air-maze
As in: The trademark silk scarves (and leather goods) are air-maze-ing.

 

loubs

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

The wrong way: Chris-chan Loo-boo-tin
The right way: Kreest-yahn Loo-boo-tahn
You know, those (impossibly) high-heeled, red-soled shoes on all your favorite celebs.

 

zara

ZARA

The wrong way: Zah-rah
The right way: Dzah-dah
Everything we’ve ever known is a lie.

 

joie

JOIE

The wrong way: Joy-ee
The right way: Zjwah
You sort of have to say it with jazz hands.

 

maje

MAJE

The wrong way: Mayje
The right way: Mahj
Valley girl, no. French girl, yes.

 

ralph lauren

RALPH LAUREN

The wrong way: Ralph Lore-EN
The right way: Ralph LAU-ren
Everyone only thinks he makes it fancy. (He doesn’t.)

 

acne

ACNE

The wrong way: Ack-knee
The right way: Ahk-nay
You had acne as a teenager. You have minimalist raincoats as an adult.

 

miu miu final

MIU MIU

The wrong way: Mee-you mee-you
The right way: Mew mew
You know, like a cat.

 

marchesa

MARCHESA

The wrong way: Mar-chez-ah
The right way: Mar-kay-sah
Aka every wedding dress you’ve ever pinned.

 

monique

MONIQUE LHUILLIER

The wrong way: Mo-neeq Luh-lee-air
The right way: Mo-neeq Loo-lee-ay
The dreamy brand responsible for the other half of your #weddingdressgoals.

 

elie saab

ELIE SAAB

The wrong way: Eh-lee Sob
The right way: Ee-lee Sahb
You’ll sahb when you see the price tag on one of these red-carpet faves.

 

manolo

MANOLO BLAHNIK

The wrong way: Mah-no-lo Blah-neek
The right way: Muh-no-lo Blah-nick
Um, did you not watch Sex and the City?

 

rodarte

RODARTE

The wrong way: Roh-dart
The right way: Roh-dar-tay
Hey, if it’s good enough for Emma…

 

versace final

VERSACE

The wrong way: Vare-sah-che
The right way: Vur-sah-chee
That would be Ms. Vur-sah-chee herself with Jenny from the block.

 

CDG

COMME DES GARCONS

The wrong way: Com Dez Gar-konz
The right way: Cohm-day-gar-sohn
And here you thought those cute little hearts were for kids.

 

uniqlo

UNIQLO

The wrong way: You-nick-low
The right way: You-knee-chlo
Long live walls of sweaters.

 

adidas

ADIDAS

The wrong way: Ahh-di-das
The right way: Ah-dee-das
Put more emphasis on the “dee” and less on the “ah.”

 

saucony

SAUCONY

The wrong way: Sah-cone-ee
The right way: Sock-a-knee
Knees, joints, running, shoes…whatever it takes to remember things.

 

lululemon

LULULEMON

The wrong way: Loo-loo-lem-on
The right way: Loo-loo-leh-mon
Emphasize on the first “lu” and not the “on.”

 

bebefinal1

BEBE

The wrong way: Beh-beh
The right way: Bee-bee
Raise your hand if you had one of those bedazzled logo shirts as a confused tween/teen/young adult.