This blog was written by Samantha Wong and organized by Madeleine Villa.

Henkaa is made up of a small but mighty team of diverse and inspirational women, Samantha is one of them. Sam is our Supply Chain Operations Manager - she’s also a dog mom of two, a plant mom, and started her career when she was just 16! 


Sewing, a Happy Coincidence

Sylvia Wong left and Samantha Wong right enjoying a picnic together.

I’m Canadian but I was born to Chinese-Indian parents who immigrated here from Kolkata, India. My family makes amazing Indian Hakka food which is Chinese food influenced by Indian cuisine! 

I was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario with two sisters - I’m the middle child. I took piano and swimming lessons for a few years of my childhood but nothing interested me as much as playing soccer. I played for six years which lead me to a point where I was on three separate teams at my peak. I suffered a knee injury that went undiagnosed for five months. After having knee surgery seven months after the accident, I had to go through a painful recovery but I discovered a new hobby - sewing!

Dog Mom Extraordinaire

Sam sits with her two dogs Shep and Dallas while enjoying a glass of wine.

My two Shih-Tzu/Poodle (Shihpoo) dogs. Shep is white & Dallas is grey (although he was black when we first brought him home!)


A Green Thumb

Sam sits on a couch with her two dogs Dallas and Shep, a Monstera houseplant behind them.

I love houseplants, I find each and every type so fascinating! Researching the needs of the individual plants and fulfilling them is rewarding and something I genuinely enjoy. I have over 30 different types in my home at this time but I’m always looking for more! 


Henkaa’s Fairy Godmother

Sam sews a Burgundy Wine Sakura Maxi.

When I was the Product Design & Development Lead at Henkaa. I made customized Henkaa dresses for our customers via Henkaa Studio on Etsy. I brought new design ideas to life through pattern making and manufacturing samples for Henkaa. I also oversaw production-related goods of the company and I maintained and replenished inventory among other tasks.


An Entrepreneur 

Sylvia Wong and Samantha Wong dressed up for a music festival.

I started an online business at the age of 16 alongside my older sister. We started with selling handmade purses and tote bags. We quickly gained a group of supporters and expanded to selling women’s clothing locally and internationally.

I graduated high school with an award for the highest grade in World of Fashion. Following that, I also received a diploma and Academic Achievement award for achieving the highest grade of the year in Fashion Techniques & Design at George Brown College.

My sister and I started a successful DIY fashion blog which offered us an opportunity in attending and blogging about New York Fashion Week three seasons in a row.

I’ve had many fashion-related jobs since; I’ve been an intern at a sewing school, fashion show dresser, production assistant for a high-end custom designer. I started working at Henkaa in 2016 as an Inventory & Warehouse Assistant, Product Design & Development Lead, Product & Technical Designer and now promoted to Supply Chain Operations Manager.


Women Supporting Women

Henkaa is run by a small group of talented women pictured.

It’s fantastic, I’m able to have great relationships with all the diverse women on my team who always provide professional and personal support! Henkaa is also supportive of flexible work schedules to support work/life balance.

Sisterly Bond

Older sister Sylvia Wong left, younger sister Caitlyn Wong middle, and Samantha Wong right sit together.

Both my sisters, they’ve supported and guided me throughout my life. We’ve always maintained close relationships and no one understands me the way they do! My older sister, Sylvia, is an incredible calligrapher and that’s not even her day job! She has a drive that I’ve admired since I was a child. My younger sister, Caitlyn, is a strong independent woman who you wouldn’t expect to be the “baby” of the family. I’ve loved all these decades of being her older sister and I’m so proud of all her career and personal achievements.


Learn More About Sam!