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Speak Chic: How To Pronounce Designer Names by BrandsExclusive

Have you ever been tragically tongue-tied trying to master those difficult, yet delightfully-chic designer names in a room full of fashion-savvy folk? You’re not alone. Often the hot topic of conversation at the beginning, middle, and end of fashion month, this highly frowned upon fashion faux pas is an easy one to commit.

The spelling of certain names can be pretty mind-boggling, especially if they are foreign or six syllables long. It might seem like a lot of people you meet are completely immune to pronunciation blunders. But for those of us who are hit with the sinful inability to speak chic, things can get a little awkward.

To keep judgmental sneers and sniggers at bay, we’ve created a nifty cheat sheet with easy-to-sound-out phonetic pronunciations for the most commonly-massacred names in fashion. With a little bit of persistence and practice, those designer names will be rolling off the tongue in not time.
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Acne:  Ahk-nay

Balmain: Bahl-mahhhn

Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e- ta

Bulgari: Ball-gah- ree

Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur- ree Pror-some

Chanel: Shun-nel

Christian Louboutin: Christian Loo-boo- tan

Comme des Garçons: Comb dey gah-sown

Dolce & Gabbana: Dole-chay and Gabb-anah

Dries Van Noten: Drees van know-ten

Fendi: Fend-ee

Givenchy: Zjee-von- shee

Gucci: Goo-chee

Hermès: Er-mez

Hervé Léger: Air-vay Le-jay

Issey Miyake: Iss-ee mee-yah- key

Jean Paul Gaultier: Zhon Paul Go-tee- ay

Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock

Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah- nah-bai

Lanvin: Lon-vin

Maison Martin Margiela: May-sohn Martin Mar-jhell-ah

Madame Gres: Madame Gray

Moschino: Mos-key- no

Missoni: Miss-own- ee

Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee- aye

Miu Miu: Mew Mew

Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain

Raf Simmons: Rauf See-mons

Rodarte: Ro-dart-taye

Swarovski: Swore-off- ski

Thakoon: Ta-koon

Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma- mo-to

Yves Saint Laurent: Eve San Lau-ron

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3 Must-Visit Fashion Museums by BrandsExclusive

Think your personal collection is a little lacking? Then be sure to accessorise your next vacation with a detour through these iconic fashion museums.

Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

If you consider yourself a next-gen Carrie Bradshaw, you’re certain to find a kindred spirit in Sonja Bata – arguably North America’s most dedicated footwear fanatic. Her collection – which numbers a whopping 13,000 – is displayed on rotation within an award-winning five storey architectural structure in downtown Toronto, and emphasises the cultural, societal and environmental significance of shoes throughout history. Think chestnut crushing clogs and torturous contraptions used in Chinese foot binding, as well as enough 20th century celeb shoes to keep you drooling for hours.

What’s on: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, open until October 2017


Tassen Museum Hendrikie (Museum of Bags & Purses), Amsterdam

With a collection of over 5000 bags, purses, suitcases and pouches – the largest of its kind in the world – Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo are serious players in the arm candy game. Their collection is tucked behind the walls of a charming canal house in Amsterdam’s UNESCO world heritage ring, where visitors are taken on a Western time-warp from the late Middle Ages right through to the present day. Among the masterpieces are Margaret Thatcher’s iconic carry-all, and a Versace piece worn by Madonna. You can also shop handbags, have high tea or get married in one of the various period rooms #weddinggoals.

What’s on: The Bead Goes On, June 19 – September 18, 2016


Victoria & Albert, London

Picking just one from all the fashion museums isn’t easy, particularly in Europe, but for a snapshot of fashion throughout the ages, you can’t look past the V&A. The art and design powerhouse of over 2.3 million objects has a fashion collection touted as the largest and most comprehensive in the world. It dabbles in rare historical gowns from the 17th and 18th century, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture, as well as costume, armoury, medieval jewellery – look, if you can wear it, the V&A probably has it. Be sure to wear comfy shoes as meandering through this lofty temple of couture will require a substantial time and energy commitment.

What’s on: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, open until March 12, 2017

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10 Modern Museums You’ll Definitely Want to Visit

Museums – most larger cities have them and most of us want to visit them when we’re exploring a new city. Luckily there’s a treasure trove of jaw-dropping modern museums around the world just waiting to be checked out and sadly most of us will probably not even scratch the surface of what’s out there. We can do our best though! If you’re looking to investigate some cool museums, check out these 10 that will surely have you wanting to visit.

10 Modern Museums You’ll Definitely Want to Visit

Coop Himmelb(l)au designed the The Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) in Shenzhen, China, with a silver floating “Cloud” that houses a cafe, museum store, and book shop within its massive open plaza.

Photo by Rafael Gamo

Museo Soumaya was designed by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise and it houses a massive art collection of 15th to mid-20th century works, as well as the most number of Rodin sculptures in a private collection. Located in Mexico City, the museum’s exterior may be clad in a busy skin of hexagonal tiles, but the interior boasts a calm, soothing presence.

Photo by Darren Bradley

Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup are behind the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., with David Adjaye as the lead designer and Philip Freelon as the lead architect. Its incredible exterior features a bronze filigree shell that projects a bold and unforgettable statement.

Photo by Boegly + Grazia photographers

Located in Montignac, France, the Lascaux IV: The International Centre for Cave Art is an educational museum where visitors get to check out 20,000-year-old Lascaux cave paintings. It was co-designed by Snøhetta and Duncan Lewis Scape Architecture who created an interior that helps evoke a cave-like feel.

Photo by Shigeo Ogawa

The Fukushima, Japan located Miyahata Ruins Museum holds everything related to the Jomon Period around the 10th Century BC. Located on Jomon ruins, the museum was designed by Furuichi and Associates with a geometric wooden roof structure that references caves called grotta where their people used to live.

Photo by Zhang Guangyuan

The 1911 Revolution Museum, designed by CADI, celebrates Chinese history in the city of Wuhan and operates as a way to educate the children on the 1911 Revolution. The red, U-shaped building makes a dynamic statement with an outdoor public space that welcomes visitors.

Photo by Roland Halbe

In 2017, the Jean Nouvel designed Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened for visitors after many, many years and lots of delays. It showcases a domed ceiling with a layered geometric pattern that lets light filter through.

Photo by Takuji Shimmura

The Estonian National Museum was built in the city of Tartu to represent the country’s history and pride. An international competition was held and the winning design was by Dorell.Ghotmeh.Tane, who ignored the proposed site plans and instead designed it on a former Soviet military base. The sloped roof of the all-glass building looks to lift into the sky, almost like the path of an airplane.

Photo by Javier Callejas

The impressive Andalucia’s Museum of Memory in Granada, Spain, was designed by Alberto Campo Baeza, who had a goal to make it “the most beautiful building.” Its central courtyard is home to a winding ramp that connects the floors while giving visitors a place to stroll and reflect.

Photo by Nic Lehoux

Renzo Piano Building Workshop collaborated with Narud-Stokke-Wiig on the waterfront Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway. A slanted glass roof covers the sail-like structure and filters a soft light onto the modern art that fills the contemporary museum.

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The Handyfan Popsicle is a Deliciously Cool Concept

The Handyfan Popsicle is a Deliciously Cool Concept

There was an undeniable sense of deja-vu upon seeing the efforts of Korean industrial design student 7 Nepo pop into my feed. His popsicle-shaped design, the Handyfan Popsicle looks remarkably similar to a design I proposed years ago working as a toy designer while heading up a new line of a children’s collection of treat-based accessories (unfortunately tooling costs nixed the project).

The novelty and appeal of the design relies upon our childhood associations of good times with cooling down with a popsicle in hand. The inclusion of a leather strap serves the purpose of portability, especially appealing to those used to traveling by crowded public transportation during the summer months. Though, one has to wonder how the user is supposed to hold up the fan in a vertical position with the proposed soft strap; if redesigned with a wrist loop with a snap, the fan could conceivably be hung from an overhead subway car handrail to cool nearby riders.

Admittedly, even with the inclusion of what appears to be a USB-C port located on the rendered case for recharging purposes, there’s nothing particularly cutting edge about the design…it’s simply a cute example of student work, utilizing the proven and effective fan mechanism seen countless times before. Nevertheless, it’s “cool” to see the idea I once imagined in another iteration proposed by another generation of designers – a nostalgic treat of sorts.

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BDDW for FEIT: A Collaboration Between Two Expert Designers

BDDW for FEIT: A Collaboration Between Two Expert Designers

How did a collaboration between a footwear designer and a furniture designer come to be? They both share and uphold the same values in producing high-quality, expertly crafted products that can stand up to the test of time and trends.

Tull Price of FEIT and Tyler Hays of BDDW teamed up to create a very limited run of 60 pairs of hiking boots, each handled with care in Price and Hay’s individual studios for separate steps of the design process. The leather uppers were dyed, painted or embossed by hand in BDDW’s Philadelphia studio and then sent to FEIT to be hand-lasted and hand-sewed. The hiking boots come in an array of solid colors, patterns and nature-inspired markings.

Each pair is packaged in a custom wooden box that has been individually numbered and made by BDDW. Each pair also comes with a catalogue that documents the design process and a limited edition custom poster.

To purchase a pair, visit FEIT x BDDW.

Photos by Ben Pogue.

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