Kong Lung Trading: New Picks for July 2012

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There is Always Something New at Kong Lung Trading

July 2012

 Super cute children's halter dress by Kauai designer Pint Size.  The beautiful Lotus Pattern on the porcelain sushi set, includes chopsticks  Ebony candlesticks by Outpost Original

A beautiful hoto of Funktion's funky aprons.  A beautiful necklace by Dana Caruso

The hardest thing about working at Kong Lung Trading, besides spending your entire paycheck on goodies, is describing what we sell. The inventory changes on a daily basis. And no one pigeon hole can hold all of our offerings, except maybe “beautiful.” So here are a few brand new items to help you—and us—get a firm grip on Kong Lung Trading. Stop in today and see for yourself that we sell the finest gifts you never seen.

Janet TevesImported Japanese suacer and bowl by Miya. Pattern shown in Ginkgo.Janet’s Pick:
MIYA JAPENESE PORCELAIN

What started in 1947 as Mr. Miya’s flower shop on 28th Street in New York City has evolved into one of the leading importers of Japanese tableware and gifts. Owned and operated by the Matsukawa family, Miya continues to bring you the best of Japan. Now available at Kong Lung Trading are lovely pieces such as these incredible porcelain sushi sets and tableware.

Plate-$23.00, Sushi Set with chopsticks-$55.00, Bowl-$15.00. Porcelain tableware in Ginkgo or Lotus pattern

 

Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:
EBONY BY OUTPOST ORIGINAL

These functional home accessories are breathtaking, even for Kong Lung Trading standards. Imported from Mozambique, these extraordinarily carved ebony wood items include candle sticks, vessels, serving utensils and more. Their architectural structure, crafted by incredibly skilled artisans living in Mozambique’s vast woodlands, are both useful and beautiful.BedHead Robe and Cami/Shorts set

These pieces are created from sustainably sourced mpingo wood (the Kiswahili word for the dark hardwood also known as African black wood or Mozambican ebony) that grows prolifically in Mozambique’s forests.

Ebony Accessories by Outpost Original $14.00-$178.00

 

Deborah CecilDeborah’s Pick:
DANA CARUSO JEWELRY

Cool bracelets by artisan jeweler Dana Caruso

How can you not love a necklace called Blue Hawaii? That is rhetorical by the way. We LOVE the new line by Dana Caruso. Great price point, great colors, great style.

Dana Caruso is a long time jewelry designer in Sonoma County, CA. Inspired by the beauties of nature, Dana uses natural gemstones and precious pearls to create one of a kind artisan made pieces. Each design is handcrafted. Dana Caruso Jewelry $72.00-$264.00

 

The famous Mochi and Olive of Kong Lung

Olive & Mochi’s Pick:
PINT SIZE DRESSES

Pint Sized in Paradise, a local children's clothing designer's fun patterns and dress.

Check out these super cute children’s dresses by local designer Pint Size. She creates amazing patchwork Pillow Case dresses, Apron dresses, Halter Rompers, and Triangle Top Onesies.

I think you just found your next baby shower gift. Too cute for words!

Pint Size in Paradise dresses $37.00-$48.00

One of the store's mascots, Mr. Chow, seems to like the Cat's Eye Plate by Miya.The wonderful Mr. Chow of Kong LungMr. Chow’s Pick:
MIYA CAT’S EYE PLATES

Miya, importer of Japanese products with cultural value, delivers beautiful, unique, practical, impractical, fun, classic, traditional, modern and wonderful gifts with a Japanese aesthetic.

And speaking of fun, we had to show you how much Mr. Chow loved these Cat’s Eye plates. A no-brainer for his pick this month.

Cat’s Eye Plates $15.00

 

 

Cover of decorating with flowersBook of the Month:
THE ORCHID WHISPERER: EXPERT SECRETS FOR GROWING BEAUTIFUL ORCHIDS
by Bruce Rogers with photos by Greg Allikas

This book demystifies the growing process and features more than 100 gorgeous color photos of breathtaking plants. Best of all, it reveals pro secrets not found anywhere else for blooming, repotting, spotting hazards and pests, grooming, The cover of Orchid Whispererdecorating and more. Perfect for beginners as well as orchid experts looking for new tricks, The Orchid Whisperer provides everything readers need to know to keep healthy orchids that will flower again and again!

The Orchid Whisperer $19.95.

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Kong Lung Trading: Summer Picks for 2012

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Summer is Flowering

July 2012

 A detail of the stitchwork and texture on a Tori Richard Hawaiian shirt. Jen is weraing a cami and shorts set in leopard with a flowered robe by BedHead

Douglas Plush Toys makes thes super cute floral totes for kids.  Two super cute wooden kokeshi dolls with flowers  A beautiful hoto of Funktion's funky aprons.

With summer in full swing we would like to stop and smell the flowers. It is this season in specific that flowers, both wild and nurtured, show off for the world with their beautiful colors and amazing array of shapes and patterns. It is sort of like Kong Lung Trading itself—an incredible array of colors, shapes, sizes, textures and patterns. Stop in to Kong Lung Trading today to see the flowers, smell the flowers, try on the flowers or even have a few flowers gift wrapped.

Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingBedHead Robe and Cami/Shorts setPatty’s Pick:
PAJAMAS BY BEDHEAD

In the late 90’s public interest in dresses declined and as Renee Claire was delivering what she considered to be her last collection of dresses to a retailer, she saw a pair of pajamas in the window of the boutique. She quickly realized that current pajama offerings lacked sophistication and tailoring. As a consequence, BedHead was born.

All BedHead pajamas are locally cut and sewn in glamorous Los Angeles, and sold at Kong Lung Trading in not-quite-as-glamorous Kilauea.

BedHead Pajamas and robes $102.00-$130.00

 

Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:
DOUGLAS TOYS FLORAL TOTE

A children's tote bag with a floral pattern by Douglas Plush ToysDouglas has been a family-owned business for over 50 years (since 1956). They are the epitome of “Old New England Work Ethic” and some of the staff have been with them for 20 and 30 years.

Success comes from unique designs and high quality materials and craftsmanship. The plush animals have gestures and expressions that clearly distinguish them as Douglas. The faces evoke a sense of endearment and the totes scream FUN!

Floral Tote by Douglas Toys $24.00

 

Deborah CecilDeborah’s Pick:
TORI RICHARD FLOWERED SHIRTS

Tori Richard was founded in 1956, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tori Richard, Ltd. is still today a family business driven by an appreciation of unique fabrications and globally inspired prints. Cool Aloha Prints from Tori RichardThe artwork that informs our textiles is our passion. A Tori Richard is like no other garment. It is their legacy and honor to create each exclusive new edition to be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the skin, and a joy to the spirit.

Aloha Shirts from Tori Richard $ 128.00

 

The famous Mochi andOlive of Kong LungOlive & Mochi’s Pick:
KOKESHI DOLLS

Kokeshi dolls, such as these flowered versions, are handcrafted wooden folk art dolls made by Kokeshi artists in Japan. Two very cute Kokeshi Dolls with floral patterns at kong LungThe artists and their families share their passion for the beauty and uniqueness of the Japanese craft of Kokeshi dolls. Each kokeshi doll comes in its own box with the artist’s information in Japanese on the box. The package itself makes a lovely presentation.

Receiving Blanket $80.00 • Security Blanket $32.50

The wonderful Mr. Chow of Kong LungMr .Chow’s Pick:
FUNKTION FLOWERED APRONS

A detail of the flower and the print of the Funktion Apron.Super fun, bright and playful patterns fill these aprons, oven mitts and dish towels. Funktion also offers beach bags, laundry bags, hobo bags and tablecloths. There is nothing as wonderful as spending those summer holidays cooking side-by-side with your daughter in matching mom & me aprons.

Hattie Apron $52.00

 

 

 

Cover of decorating with flowersBook of the Month:
DECORATING WITH FLOWERS
by Paula Pryke

The best of Paula Pryke’s classic and contemporary floral arrangements—in an accessible format to inspire novice and expert alike. Paula Pryke is unsurpassed in creating floral arrangements. Included are her signature contemporary designs as well as old-fashioned bouquets with a modern sense of color and form. Packed with ideas, skills, and techniques, this book explores the latest trends in floral design and encourages readers to let their personal style flourish with step-by-step instructions. Gorgeously illustrated, this compilation is an invaluable catalog of ideas and inspirations.

Decorating with Flowers by Paula Pryke $24.50.

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Kong Lung Trading: Staff Christmas Picks for 2010

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Kong Lung Trading Perfect Christmas Presents

December 2010

Wooden toys by Melissa & Doug

Necklace by Rand Papele  Spread from the book entitled "Migration"   Funktion Apron

This time of year is always exciting, with the smells of baked goods coming out of the oven and digging out those fun holiday decorations to fill your home. But let’s be honest, we love the gifting! Giving and receiving presents is one of the greatest joys of the holidays. Kong Lung Trading is an ideal place to discover hard to find gifts for everyone on your shopping list. The employees of Kong Lung Trading would like to share a few of their favorite gift ideas for those special presents, stocking stuffers, teacher and co-worker gifts, or even that special treat for a party hostess.

Make your list and simplify your life by having Kong Lung Trading help with all of your gift giving this year. Don’t forget to take advantage of our complimentary gift wrapping on your fabulous finds. And for those friends and family members that are hard to buy for—and we all have them—our gift certificates are a great choice. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and magical moments with those you hold close.

Janet TevesComfortable, fashionable Kiyomi PSJsJanet’s Pick: KIYOMI PJs
Fresh, New & Designed with an Attention to Detail.

Kiyomi pajamas are the ultimate treat at the end of a long day. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea, while lounging in these heavenly creations. Made in the USA, these unique fabric patterns are so much fun and can easily mix into your wearable wardrobe. Sweet as pjs and cute to wear with jeans, sandals or even heels! Perfect when friends and family are stopping by for an impromptu gathering.

Kiyomi PJs were featured in The Oprah Magazine and this is what she had to say about this wonderful product, “Soft, romantic, and deliciously comfy, these cotton pajamas are great for lounging on a breezy summer night.” Kiyomi Loungewear is the ultimate in luxury and will be a favorite gift for sure.

Deborah CecilMelissa & Doug Wooden Toy Horse Trailer Julie’s Pick: MELISSA & DOUG
Classic Toys

Melissa and Doug’s classic wooden toys are Julie’s top holiday gift choice. When asked why, she remarked how children sit and play forever with these simple, nostalgic toys. She also choose them because they don’t require batteries or electricity.

Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. As a company they pride themselves by offering products with tremendous value, quality and design.

Not only will these old style toys remind you of your childhood, but will provides hours of entertainment for the little ones in your life while helping to promote hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, plus early shape matching, color recognition and sequencing skills.

Come to Kong Lung Trading to see our great selection of Melissa and Doug classic toys.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung TradingBracelet by Rand papelePatty’s Pick: RAND PAPELE JEWELRY
Jewelry that Reflects Deep Philosophical Beliefs.

This collection of matte and oxidized sterling silver jewelry is the collaborative effort of artists Judith Rand and Eben Papele. The combined vision of these two artists produces inventive designs with eclectic influences from the Victorian and rustic jewelry of antiquity to industrial and modern design. Employing a wide range of fabrication techniques in their New York’s Hudson Valley studio, this design duo places great value on the transformative nature of the creative process and hopes that their jewelry reflects this.

These unique designs are an outstanding find for the holidays. Why not make someone on your list happy by giving them one of these incredible pieces?

Deborah CecilFunktion ApronDeborah’s Pick: FUNKTION APRONS
Not Your Grandmother’s Apron

Keep yourself tidy in the kitchen this holiday by covering up with a fun and flirty Funktion apron. These aprons are a patchwork of vintage styled printed material and have a shabby chic feel, but are hip and sassy. With cascading ruffles or the sweetest trim detail, you will look so good that when your company arrives you might want not want to take it off.

Funktion’s dish towels, oven mitts and aprons will make any kitchen a little brighter and will hopefully inspire some you to explore a few new recipes.

Cover of "Migration"Book of the Month: MIGRATION: LOST AND FOUND IN AMERICA
by Donald McCrea

PUBLISHER NOTES:
This timeless compilation of images of America takes us on a cross-country trip to places we would never discover on our own. These photos document hidden pockets of American culture that remain virtually unchanged and touch on some of the topical issues that are driving our country into the future.

A spread from MigrationAmerica as seen through the eyes of some of the country’s top photographers: Alex Harris, Bill Sosin, Joe Burull, Dave Jordano, David Schalliol, David Zaitz, Donald McCrea, Edward Burtynsky, Jerry Downs, Kenneth Jarecke, Mark Indig, Peter Granser, Susana Raab, Travis Ruse, Will Steacy and William Greiner.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donald McCrea has been a working musician and songwriter for the past fifty years. He has also been a professional photographer for three decades, serving as a staff photographer for film directors, as well as shooting fashion, architectural, and product photography. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, American Cinematographer, Photographic, and the French edition of Photo.

MIGRATION was just chosen as one of the “Top Ten Books of the Year” by AMERICAN PHOTO and will be featured in their January 2011 issue.

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