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Filipino Jewelry Designer Ann Ong Hangs Out with Fashion Icon Iris Apfel at New York Home

The two shared an intimate conversation at the grand dame of fashion's Park Avenue apartment.
IMAGE COURTESY OF ANN ONG
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It’s not every day that you spend an day with a fashion icon, let alone Iris Apfel.

Filipino jewelry designer Ann Ong was lucky enough to run into fashion’s last grand dame again during a recent trade show in August. There, Apfel expressed her love for Ong’s designs, specifically one of her GIANINNA bags. Ong ended up making one for Apfel and she ended up getting an invitation to the 96-year-old’s Park Avenue apartment.

Along with the bag, Apfel ordered a pair of cuffs from the designer. Ong says, “She was not feeling well because she got exhausted from a three-day shoot.” But nevertheless, she feels blessed to have had an “intimate bonding” session with Apfel.

In an Instagram post, Ong shares, “A day to treasure with Fashion Icon Iris Apfel. She liked this GIANINNA chic bag when she saw at my trade show this August. And made her one and truly honored to be invited at her apartment in Park Avenue to personally see her. So much joy having an intimate moment with her.”


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In 2016, Apfel also visited the spaces of Filipino designers Malou Romero of Joanique and Bea Valdes during Premiere Classe, a fashion accessory trade show in Paris.

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