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Beatrix Ong founder steps down from her footwear business

Footwear designer Beatrix Ong has stepped down as director from her eponymous business with her Pavilion Road store set to close.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Ong’s Chelsea store will be converted to a Boutique by Jaeger store after she decided to take a break from the running on the business. Beatrix Ong footwear and accessories will continue to be sold through Jaeger stores.

Jaeger owner Harold Tillman bought a 60% stake in the designer footwear label in 2008. He said the store on Pavilion Road was only set up as a temporary outlet for the label and that Ong, former Jimmy Choo creative director, is currently spending time abroad.

Tillman’s businesses have seen further change this year. Last week it was reported that Aquascutum, the British luxury heritage retailer, is up for sale. In January, Tillman sold 70% of Croydon department store Allders to its management team and a group of investors.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Why did Ong step down as a director? Also strange because I have seen her attend many events in London, so evidently is not abroad.

    The article suggests that Tillman's business are in trouble.

    Reading between lines, I think its sad to see two great British brands not having worked out.

    But weren't both supposedly 'saved' by Tillman not that long ago?

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  • I agree with Anonymous, Tillman's comment is strange, Ong is clearly not abroad and has commented so on twitter.
    It doesn't seem like she was approached to comment on this news? Seems like no research has been done to verify the comments made by Tillman.

    There are rumours that Tillman was late and in some cases not paying suppliers and that this was the reason she resigned as a director. I don't know whether this is true, but I'm more inclined to believe it that than the statements above.

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