Austy was in born and educated in Hong Kong. He was raised in a Austy Lee is a designer and also an eponymous brand of high jewelry. He is recognised for his excellent workmanship, design theme and the use of rare gemstones. He is also passionate about changing the world with his unique and fashion forward jewelries.
Since childhood, Austy has very strong interests in art, fashion, history and design. He started his design journey working as a graphic designer and illustrator in a local magazine in 2003. To further broaden his design perspectives, and mostly out of curiosity, he decided to go back to school to learn about gemstones’ settings and metal hand-chiseling. He also learnt a lot about bone-teeth and jade carvings, artifacts and antique restorations from his uncle. Because of his outstanding drawing skills, he was offered an opportunity to work as a jewelry design trainee in Adler Jewellery in Hong Kong. With his product design knowledges, he has a very strong sense in 3-D rendering, material using and functional usage, which hugely benefits him on paving his way as a jeweller and designer.
Austy participated in numbers of national and international design competitions. He was the champion in a competition organised by Oregon Scientific, which he designed an embryonic form of the future invention of X game product. He was also awarded in fine jewelry and fashion competitions by Adler Switzerland and Grosse Germany.
The working experiences in Adler Jewellery trained Austy to be a fine jewelry designer and a professional gemstone buyer. It offered him a chance to work with high end clients and to design high end jewelries with rare gemstones and materials. Later in Austy’s career, he worked as a Chief Designer for Wendy Yue. His designs are worn by Hollywood and international celebrities and famous people around the world. His works have also been published in many international magazines, websites and blogs, and they are sold in the world most exclusive boutiques and department stores in Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, London, Paris, Germany, Switzerland, Milan, Greece, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Austy launched his own brand of fine jewelry collections and his very first design studio in April 2017, with the theme of “When Jewelry is Psychedelic Art”. Austy’s works involve a lot about psychedelic patterns. His imaginations of jewelries are based on religions, new age, graphic and fashion. His styles are industrial, pop-punk, edgy, strict, bold, cultural, sexual current, contemporary, symbolic and colourful. He likes to apply in his jewelries a lot of colourful and rare gemstones and carved/engraved materials, such as Sphene, Paraiba, Padpadrascha, Star Sapphire, Indigolite, Pink Diamonds and different colours of Jades.
During Spring 2017, Austy was invited by HKBU as a part-time lecturer of Jewelry Design. Despite of his growing businesses, Austy’s passion towards designing, crafting and teaching has never changed - goes even stronger. His level of involvement and acute design instinct are reflected in his designs.