While the ways of the world can be puzzling, we do our best, whenever possible, to avoid looking like schmucks. But, going around pronouncing Polo Ralph Lauren like the name of the busty Italian actress all but condemns one to that fate.
To prevent such embarrassing gaffes in the future, take a moment to examine the proper pronunciations of top designers, graciously prepared by new men’s style magazine Valet.
We find these to be the most commonly mispronounced designers:
• Hermès: AIR-mehz
• Louis Vuitton: loo-E vo-WE-ton
• Raf Simons: rauph SEE-mon
• Versace: ver-SAH-chay
• Givenchy: Zshee-VON-she
• Dries Van Noten: DREEZE van KNOW-ten