London-based designer, Beatrix Ong has won critical acclaim, the receipt of the Freedom of the City of London in 2012 and a MBE on Her Majesty The Queen’s 2011 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of her services to British Fashion.
An alumnus of Central Saint Martins, she earnestly began a career in fashion with rapid ascension – from a magazine intern at Harpers Bazaar, New York to creative director of Jimmy Choo at just 22 years old.
In 2002, Beatrix Ong launched her eponymous shoe range, which quickly garnered significant attention and became available in the world’s most prestigious stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Liberty, Luisa via Roma, and Dover Street Market (for which she developed an exclusive collection). Her collections landed her a place on the Independent newspaper’s Top 10 Leading Shoe Designers list, alongside Manolo Blahnik.
Ong has collaborated with some of the world’s most respected designers, brands and artists. Special edition projects included collaborations with luxury travel case maker, Globe-Trotter and sports brand Nike with her collectable Nike Blazers.
In 2013, Beatrix Ong joined Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and UK Prime Minister, David Cameron on delegations to China to promote British creativity.
In 2015, Ong was a member of the delegation of His Royal Highness Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge to China as part of the GREAT Festival of Creativity.
June of 2015 saw the launch of the highly anticipated new concept collection from Beatrix Ong, specially introduced with the Design Museum in London.
Beatrix Ong shoes became part of the prestigious permanent collection of The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Ong’s work also featured in the acclaimed exhibition at the V&A: Shoes, Pleasure and Pain, which is now on tour worldwide until 2019.
In 2016 her first foray into furniture design with a piece specially commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine, launched at Saloné del Mobile in Milan. The ‘Shoe Tree’ is currently touring the world’s design museums in Milan, Hong Kong, Korea and Chicago.
Ong founded Extension, a strategic creative agency which immediately took on International fashion, technology and F & B brands to meet the demands of her services and experience in design and business.
At the beginning of 2017, Ong was a speaker at Time Inc’s Innovation by Design Conference and at the end of the year she accepted an invitation to take part in The Economist’s 1843 Most Exciting Cities Debate in London. Beatrix also was included in a panel discussion at the Mayor of London’s London & Partners event with Hylink, along with directors from Alibaba and Google to discuss Digital in China.
In 2018, she will be speaking on Sustainability x Design at the Time, Fortune and Wallpaper* Brainstorm Design in Singapore.
Ong became a committee member of the English National Ballet and the Gala Committees for the British Film Institute and Historical Royal Palaces from 2010 to 2017. Beatrix Ong currently sits on the Development and Communications Committee for the Design Museum, London.
Beatrix Ong is also an Honorary Freeman of one of the oldest Livery Companies in the United Kingdom, The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, prior to receiving Freedom of the City of London in 2012.