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Mar17
Designer Name Pronunciations: Class Is In Session
"I really like those Dolce (pronounced it Dol-SAY) and Gabbana sunglasses," the salesgirl says to another salesgirl without realizing she had mispronounced the name. 

Everyone who had witnessed this little faux-paus looked at each other with knowing glances.  Someone decides to correct her...

"It's Dol-CHAY & Gabbana."

"Well, excuuusssse me!" she retorts. 

This little scene was typical during my career at Nordstrom.  When you worked for a company that carried tons of foreign designers, it was easy to come across a name that you didn't know how to pronounce. 

Haute-Couture IV



Need a primer on designer name pronunciation?  Check out this list over at the DJP Blog (via Fashiontribes)  The Budget Fashionista also has a guide to top designers.

What do you think...If you can't pronounce it, should you not be able to wear it?

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