Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Geek Peek: Ed Ng of AB Concept

By looking at Ed Ng's resume, you wouldn't pin him as a fashion person. Co-founder of hospitality design powerhouse AB Concept, he's one half of the dynamic duo that put together sleek designs for the likes of W Retreat & Spa in Bali Seminyak, Green T House and The French Window. He's also, as a couple people have pointed out to me, the spitting image of local style savant Barney Cheng. When I interviewed him for the day job a little while back, I instantly fell in love with his interior-design aesthetic, but moreso his fashion sense -- he let me take a snapshot of his head-to-toe Tom Ford ensemble (see below), matched with the classic orange Birkin housing a matching mustard-yellow laptop clutch, so you too could appreciate him in all his fabulousness.

So while he talked to me then about the work he's doing on projects like the upcoming The Gloucester, I couldn't help but ask him to do another interview for HKFG's Geek Peek column, where he shares his undying love for Hermes' iconic handbag, his custom Berluti shoe collection and the godfather of fashion, Mr Tom Ford.

HKFG: What's on your lust list?
EN: A 40-inch Birkin in Iris or Sanguine Croco, been waiting forever... can anyone help!?

HKFG: What fashion item can’t you live without?
EN: My bespoke collection of Berluti Shoes, for which I customize all the colours in each part, and even the colour of the stitchings and shoe laces.

HKFG: What's the thing you could live without... but still can’t bear to part with?
EN: My Blackberry!

HKFG: Tell us your secret ambition.
EN: Designing an aircraft, whether it is a private or commercial jet. Because I spend so much time up in the air, I hope one day I can be seated in an aircraft that's designed by myself. Also, aircrafts are simply a compact version of hospitality design.

HKFG: Name your ultimate indulgence food OR go-to food when you’re stressing out.
EN: I am a big fruit eater. Japanese peach, fresh wild strawberry and Italian watermelon.

HKFG: What's your secret-weapon beauty product?
EN: Not really a product, but three people! Mr Tom Ford, my hair stylist and my personal trainer. For a man, it's all about grooming and physical shape in terms of keeping a decent appearance.

HKFG: What's your worst nightmare?
EN: Rushing to the airport for a major presentation and I've forgotten my passport. Since then, i keep my passport with me at all time.

HKFG: What's the last thing you think about before going to sleep.
EN: Think through my schedule tomorrow and what is the most proper attire. Formal? Playful? Casual? Relaxed?

HKFG: Name your favourite iPhone app.
EN: The built-in Weather forecast!

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1 comment:

  1. It's refreshing to see an Asian man dressed in color with such comfort & style. Few can distinguish the difference between fashion and style. Sprezzatura is not something everyone knows, understands and even less master it. This gent did. Love the post.