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: Fresh Picks for April 2012

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In Praise of Pattern

April 2012

Hand Made Silk Kimono by Handprint Colour Nature dish towels Swankie Blanki Forgotten Shanghai clutch, business card holder and coin purse Photo book by Rag & Bone

If you stop and really take a good hard look, pattern surrounds your every move. From natural patterns in the clouds, to the tile under your feet, humans live in a world of pattern. At Kong Lung Trading, the patterns we love are the eye-catching, pretty patterns, culturally authentic patterns, and the surprising, fun patterns. We have traditional japanese kimonos, children’s security blankets, and even paper products with every type of pattern you can imagine. Starting to see a pattern here? Stop in to Kong Lung Trading to get your pattern fix today.

Patty Ewing at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:
KIMONOS BY HANDPRINT

Modern prints on traditional kimonosHandprint is a family run business that focuses on design and hand crafted textiles. Their workshop is designed with organic materials, open spaces and natural light to create an environment that inspires crafts people and designers. They develop new dyeing techniques, block and screen prints and machine and hand embroidery patterns. Their designers bring these indigenous techniques and traditional patterns together with a contemporary sensibility to design products for the global market.

Kimonos $75.00

 

Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:
COLOUR NATURE DISH TOWELS

Inspired pattern on Linens from Colour NatureDish towels are not exciting. Or are they? Look at these beautiful, elegant, French-inspired, Indian woodblock-printed linens and try to not be impressed. Colour Nature has raised the bar on print and pattern with these highly sought-after kitchen accessories. They are available in many colors and prints and a constant crowd pleaser.

Colour Nature Dish Towels $15.00

 

Deborah CecilDeborah’s Pick:
FORGOTTEN SHANGHAI

These “Fortune Cookie Boxes” are so fun with their bold prints and ingenious entry. Immediately you realize that these could function as coin purses, earring holders, key holders, etc. And with matching or complimentary mini-clutches, business cards and silk covered mirrors, your entire pocket book just got a very stylish overhaul.

Medium Fortune Cookie Boxes $ 8.00 • Silk Mini Clutch $35.00 • Business Card Holder $20.00 • Pocket Mirror $17.50

Cool pattern from Forgotten Shanghai

 

The famous Mochi andOlive of Kong LungOlive & Mochi’s Pick:
SWANKIE BLANKIE

Susie Grant first produced the Swankie Blankie Security Blankets and Receiving Blankets for friends and family. Soon exclusive boutiques began carrying Swankie Blankie products as well.Olive the dog relaxes on Swankie Blankie
These practical accessories are both well made and stylish, creating a luxurious appeal. All of these products are handmade in Texas with the utmost care and close attention to detail. Most importantly, all of Swankie Blankie products are machine washable and durable to provide lasting enjoyment for years to come. And they are Olive approved (right photo).
Receiving Blanket $80.00 • Security Blanket $32.50

 

The wonderful Mr. Chow of Kong LungMr .Chow’s Pick:
RAG & BONE BINDERY

Adress book and guest book from Rag & BoneThe Rag & Bone story begins with a gift, a hand-bound blank page journal Ilira Steinman made for Jason Thompson. Inspired, Jason began studying the art of bookbinding. Shortly after, he sold his first journals to a small stationery store in Providence.
Within a few years he added new book styles and bindings including Photo Albums and Guestbooks. He also added his wife Ilira. And their shared interest in the artful and handmade continues to feed the business.

Address Book $55.00 • Photo frame Album $60.00 • Guest Book $55.00

 

A spread of beautiful patterns in the V & A Pattern: KimonoBook of the Month:
V&A PATTERN: KIMONO

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 Cover of V+A Pattern: Kimonoold-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.

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