Shoe designer Beatrix Ong debuts merchandise in Singapore inspired by great-grand uncle Sun Yat Sen

British shoe designer Beatrix Ong is better known for working directly under Jimmy Choo - but she also happens to be Sun Yat Sen's great-niece.
British shoe designer Beatrix Ong is better known for working directly under Jimmy Choo - but she also happens to be Sun Yat Sen's great-niece.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Beatrix Ong has collaborated with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall to design a line of exclusive merchandise for the museum which  includes tote bags, notebooks and badges emblazoned with a design inspired by Sun Yat Sen's ideals of Universal Lo
Beatrix Ong has collaborated with the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall to design a line of exclusive merchandise for the museum which includes tote bags, notebooks and badges emblazoned with a design inspired by Sun Yat Sen's ideals of Universal Love. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF SUN YAT SEN NANYANG MEMORIAL HALL

SINGAPORE - British shoe designer Beatrix Ong is better known for becoming head of Jimmy Choo Couture at just 22 years old - but she also happens to be Sun Yat Sen's great-grand niece.

Her prestigious family tree was just one of those things she never thought about, says Ong, now 43 and an independent designer, who refers to the first president of the Republic of China as Dr Sun. "I didn't really understand it until I was about 14 - I think I'm probably asked more about it in Asia," she tells The Straits Times.

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