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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Kong Lung Trading: Spring Picks for 2011

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Spring Has Sprung

April 2011

 

 Up COuntry Pet Products  Recycled glass tray by Mermaid Treasures

  Moon Alley Candles are available at Kong Lung  cover from the book entitled "Nobody's Fool"

We are excited for Spring’s arrivals. Each day’s deliveries bring fun new products, books, and gifts to our store. It is always difficult to pick one item from the ever-changing inventory, but we must. We hope you enjoy our choices this month. Please call us at 808-828-1822 to find out more information. Or even better, to see all of our favorites, come visit us at Kong Lung Trading.

Janet TevesA lovely Moon Alley CandleJanet’s Pick:
MOON ALLEY

Handcrafted in Murphys, California, these unique candles are created with premium paraffin wax and a zinc core wick. A wonderful feature of these candles is that after burning for a sufficient period of time, a new refill can be inserted to extend the life of the candle.

But the true beauty of these candles is, well, their beauty. As Janet exclaimed, “They are a piece of art.” Stop by Kong Lung Trading to be illuminated by Moon Alley Candles. Prices $70 – $95.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:
UP COUNTRY DOG COLLARSOlive wears a Up Country  collar

If you know anything about Kong Lung Trading and Patty, you know that it is a dog’s world and we are only here to serve. So it is no surprise that Patty picked Up Country Dog Products.

Stylish, durable and really fun, their collars are designed to fit the personality of all of our little friends. Each product is hand-sewn by their experienced staff and hand-finished to ensure product quality. Kong Lung Trading is offering toys, key rings and leashes as well as a large assortment of collars. Price $24 each.

Deborah Cecil Deborah’s Pick:
DANA KELLIN JEWELRY

A Dana Kellin Necklace

According to Deborah, “We have carried Dana Kellin in the past, but the new collection is Gorgeous!” The Willow Mix Collection is in stock now and features Swarovski Crystal, green amethyst, pearl, moss aqua, apatite, precoisa crystal and that famous Dana Kellin wire wrapping. This collection is described perfectly by Deborah as, “Romantic, but with an edge.” Prices $176 – $565.

Cover of "Stables"Book of the Month:
THE ART OF THE MUSCLE CAR

by David Newhardt, photos by Peter Harholdt

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
“Just what is a Muscle Car?” Road Test magazine asked in its June 1967 issue. The answer: “Exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder’s philosophy of taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it…The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 hp weakling.” Unconcerned with the style or sophistication of its European counterparts, the American muscle car was built for straight-line speed and quickly became the darling of the power-hungry racer and serious gearhead.A spread from Stables

In the intervening years, these down-and-dirty, high-performing beauties have earned their place in the automotive pantheon. As prized by collectors and aficionados as they are by denizens of garages and drag strips, these cars now fetch millions of dollars at auctions and feature in any story of America’s automotive glory days. The icons of muscle car art are on full display in this lavishly illustrated volume, each described in a detailed essay followed by a gallery of photographs that capture the art of the muscle car at its finest.

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