After graduating from high school in Hong Kong and England, Beatrix studied at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design and the London College of Communication, followed by a course at the Fashion Institute of Technology before returning to London to attend the renowned Cordwainers College in London.
Following an internship at the Fashion Department of Harper’s Bazaar in New York, Ong secured a highly coveted design position at Jimmy Choo.
Wanting to push the boundaries of beautiful shoemaking was always at the heart of Ong’s decision to go solo. Another reason was to take up the challenge of making shoes comfortable enough to wear during the day and special enough for them to carry on wearing in the evening.
In September 2002, Beatrix Ong realised her dreams and launched her debut collection at the Metropolitan Hotel during London Fashion Week. This collection immediately caught the attention of international press and buyers alike, leading to over 30 prestigious stockists worldwide in its first season.
September 2003 Beatrix Ong shoes are seen on the catwalks in London and New York at Maria Chen and Temperley. October The Independent Newspaper names Ong as one of the 10 Leading Shoe Designers amongst Manolo Blahnik and Patrick Cox.
In March 2004 the front cover of Shoo Magazine hails Beatrix as ‘The New Choo’.
In 2005 Beatrix has a lot of collaborations. In March she creates shoes exclusively for the launch of Pringle of Scotland’s first show during Milan Fashion Week. In April Beatrix Ong creates ‘With a Spring in Her Step’ – a one-off piece commissioned by the Financial Times. And in May to celebrate the release of the new British film - Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Beatrix Ong, by special invitation, creates an illustration and shoe inspired by the movie for a special exhibition supported by Buena Vista International.