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27 Questions: Sam Wong of The Armoury

Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. In our 27 Questions column, we get up close and personal with notable Hong Kong personalities, learning about their whims and aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all revealed in roughly the same amount of time it takes to sit through a round of speed dating.

Previously featured as one of our 10 stylish Hong Kong gentlemen to follow, Sam Wong is one of the key people behind menswear haven The Armoury. But even though his interest in clothing and fashion started from a very young age, he didn’t always plan to pursue a career in the sartorial scene. Instead, he studied and worked in accounting and finance in Sydney, and kept his love for fashion tucked away at the back of his mind.

Nevertheless, the universe has its own ways of putting people on their intended paths, and after a friend introduced Wong to The Armoury by chance in 2012, his affinity for tailored clothing and timeless style has only grown. In 2015, Wong had an unexpected meeting with co-founder Alan Lee, who offered him a dream position at The Armoury, where he continues to develop his passion in classic tailoring alongside the assembly of talented artisans from around the world. Read on to learn more about the ever-stylish Sam Wong as he answers our signature questionnaire.

27 Questions

Name: Sam Wong
Age: 30
Neighbourhood: Sham Shui Po
Occupation: “Armourer”

1. What is your life motto?

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend.”

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

Runny egg and char siu rice from Lok Heung Yuen in Central. It’s such a shame they are no longer in business.

3. Who is your role model?

Top of the list would be Bruce Lee — he was such a larger-than-life character and a real-life superhero that I looked up to growing up. Everything about him was just so cool.

4. What was your first job?

Helping out at my family’s restaurant back home during my school holidays. Pocket money didn’t come free for me!

5. What is your drink of choice?

It’ll be a tie between beer and a nice gin. A cold beer after a long day always hits the spot, gin if I’m feeling something less carby.

6. When was the last time you drove a car?

Last year in April, I was back home in Sydney for a couple of days and drove our family car around. There are good memories attached to that car, which is why I always hop behind the wheel whenever I can back home.

7. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?

Wi-Fi. I know everyone has it and it’s something we take it for granted now, but when you think about it, it’s actually pretty amazing.

8. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Night owl. I could stay up until the sun comes up binge-watching Netflix (and regret it the next day).

9. Which phone app do you use that you think more people should know about?

Recently brought to my attention by some friends, Split Wise is amazing for keeping track of payments when you go out with friends for meals or events.

10. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Dim sum.

11. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

Definitely the lack of space.

12. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

Mongolia. I’ve been saying that I would be going for the longest time. Hopefully I’ll make some time to visit soon.

13. How often do you prepare your own meals?

Never. I’m pretty bad with this actually; I eat out basically every meal.

14. What is your greatest fear?

Global warming.

15. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I’m a big nerd at heart, so probably having seen and thoroughly enjoyed every single movie in the Marvel cinematic universe.

16. What is one movie everyone should see?

Inception, to me, is one of the coolest original screenplays in recent memory with a cast of amazing actors — DiCaprio, JGL, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Michael Caine, just to name a few. On top of that, the cinematography was ridiculous. Must see!

17. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Rural Japan — it just seems like such a tranquil way of life out there.

18. What makes someone a real Hongkonger?

If you can sit down at a cha chaan teng and order without looking at a menu.

19. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, Mike Tyson, Dave Chappelle and Jack Ma. We would get together and secretly record the greatest podcast of all time.

20. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?
21. If you could banish someone from Hong Kong forever, who would it be?

Any taxi driver that cherry-picks their customers. It’s the worst!

22. What’s your favourite childhood memory?

Sneaking my Game Boy into primary school and then challenging friends to lunch time trainer battles in Pokemon Red/Blue and absolutely dominating.

23. What is your unique party trick?

There are some people that call me “the beast”. It’s not because I’m extra rowdy or anything but its usually because I can drink more than your average person.

24. Do you have a catch phrase?

One on recent trips overseas with some friends has been “here for a good time, not for a long time”.

25. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

Currently somewhere in the 20s (I think); I wear my Baudoin & Lange loafers the most. They are comfortable, light and easy to wear with most of the tailoring pieces I have. My most loved however would be my Koji Suzuki Black oxfords, it’s such a beautiful shoe.

26. Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life? Why?

Never be alone for a single moment. Being isolated without human contact seems too unnatural for me.

27. What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

My childhood dog convinced me to take him to the park and dig up some steak he had stashed away. Don’t ask me why. It was weird.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.