“How To Pronounce “Hermès” & More Fashion Brands

10 July 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
Japanese House

In the wide, glitzy world of the fashion industry, fashion houses reign supreme. And for many, many years, these fashion houses have been shaping and reshaping this influential industry one design after another. In case you didn’t know, the world's first luxury design house, which is by the way still in operation and in vogue today, was actually founded in 1837. Nope, that is not a joke, not even a hoax. That house is known as “La Maison Hermès” or as we usually hear of as “Hermès.” Do you know how to say this big-name brand? Hermès is a French name so the first letter h is silent and the last letter s is more of a z sound; therefore, you say Hermès as /ehr-mez/. Can you say Hermès very fast five times without twisting your tongue?

Hermès is just one of the plethora of fashion brands out there. There’s Balenciaga and Chanel and Dior and Louis V (Louis Vuitton) and Givenchy and Gucci and the list goes on. You can even say that these brand names have frequented your eyes and ears as they have been prancing around online and offline platforms. The question is do you know how to properly say these brand names as they’re meant to be said? Hmm, find out as you scroll below this small collection of colorful luxury brand names and their pronunciations.

  • Yves Saint Laurent: eev san lohrohn
  • Céline: seh-leen
  • Dior: dee-yor
  • Beaumont Organic: bow-mont or-ga-nik
  • Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vweeh-tohn
  • Gucci: goo-chee
  • Mugler: moo-glehr
  • L'Occitane: lox-ee-taahn
  • Cartier: car-tee-ay
  • Ralph Lauren: ralf law-ren
  • Mont Blanc: mohnt blohngk
  • Chloé: kloh-weh
  • Chanel: sha-nel
  • Givenchy: jee-vohn-shee
  • Loewe: loh-weh-vay
  • Jacquemus: jahk-moos
  • Vetements: vet-mahn
  • Loro Piana: loh-roh pee-yuh-nuh
  • Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chay and gah-bah-nah
  • Comme des Garcons: comb dey gar-sohn
  • Giambattista Valli: jam-ba-tees-tah vah-lee
  • Sonia Rykiel: sow-nya ree-key-ehl
  • Prada: prah-dah
  • Valentino: vah-lehn-tino
  • Mansur Gavriel: mahn-sur gahv-ree-el
  • Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vuh-neh-tah
  • Marchesa: mar-kay-sah
  • Bvlgari: bul-gah-ri
  • L'Wren Scott: la rehn scot
  • Lanvin: lahn-vahn
  • Longchamp: lohn-sham
  • Balenciaga: buh-lehn-si-ah-guh
  • Hermès: ehr-mez
  • Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yah-ma-mo-to
  • Salvatore Ferragamo: sahl-vah-tor-reh fer-rah-gah-moh
  • Guerlain: gehr-lahn
  • Versace: vehr-sah-chee
  • Moschino: mos-kee-noh
  • Rodarte: row-dahr-tay
  • Jean Paul Gaultier: jhon paul goh-tee-yay
  • Balmain: bahl-maahn
  • Stüssy: stoo-see
  • Dries Van Noten: dreez van noh-ten
  • Lancôme: lahn-kohm
  • Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-ka
  • Christian Lacroix: chris-chawn luh-kwah
  • Anna Sui: ah-na swee
  • Miu Miu: mew mew
  • Schiaparelli: skap-ahr-ehlee
  • Monique Lhuillier: moh-neek looh-lee-ay
  • Christian Louboutin: chris-chawn loo-boh-tahn