Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for October 2010

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Here come the holidays.

Let Kong Lung Trading make it easier to find unique gifts.

October 2010

Blenko Glass   Gifty Golden by Douglas Toys

Ceramic Bowls by Tillson   Nobby Bowl by Rootworks

Is it us, or does every holiday get more difficult to find the perfect gift for your family and friends? Luckily for you the fine folks here at Kong Lung Trading are on the lookout all year for unique gift offerings to get you through those tough shopping blocks. Here are a few of this year’s better gifts as chosen by the design conscious folks at Kong Lung Trading. Happy Holidays and all the best for you and yours!

Art de Asia's sleeping pigs

DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS. Who can resist the faces of these cuddly holiday critters? Holly Hamster, Decked-Out Black Lab, Christmas Mouse, Holiday Dachshund, Gifty Golden, Cozy Yellow Lab and Mitten Kitten are ready to be loaded into Santa’s sleigh this holiday season. These festive stuffed toys measure between 5″- 8″ are the perfect size to be stuffed into a stocking or placed upon a package for that added special touch.

Each animal is individually adorned with a touch of Christmas. For example, Holly Hamster is crowned with a red stocking cap trimmed in white fur, while Mitten Kitten wears a pair of red and white mittens around her neck. Gifty Golden holds a gift in his mouth, and Holiday Dachshund is a bit groovier in his peace sign green and red collar and matching peace sign stocking cap.

Blenko Glass on display at Kong Lung Trading

BLENKO GLASS. Exquisite color, skilled craftsmen, and creative designs have made Blenko famous in the ancient craft of hand-blown glass. Over the years, talented designers have developed contemporary new designs for our skilled artisans, who have learned the difficult techniques of glass blowing through many years of practice.

The uniqueness of hand-blown glass cannot be compared to that of machine-formed glass – a process which produces items all exactly alike but without character. Because the glass is made in small batches and the processes are performed by hand, it is common to observe small air bubbles, lines or individual marks left by Blenko’s craftsmen. These are not flaws – but rather the distinctive nature of the hand-made process – which identify and magnify the uniqueness of each piece.

In a world of increasing automation and standardization, everyone at Blenko prides themselves in paying particular attention to the forms and designs, which stay true to the tradition of hand blown glass. Everyone all needs – now more than ever – hand made objects that are unique and inspiring.

Rootworks bowls on display at Kong Lung Trading

ROOTWORKS by Enricoproducts. Each of Enrico’s Root Works hand carved bowls, platters and vases are uniquely beautiful and stand alone as a natural work of art. These fantastic pieces are carved from a species of Chinese Fir called Shan Mu, which grows abundantly deep in the countryside of central China. The stumps left by logging are reclaimed prior to replanting and hand-carved by local artisans.

Tillson Vase at Kong Lung Trading

TILSON DESIGN WORKS. Created in lower Manhattan, Janna Tilson Weinstein’s work focuses on handmade, functional ceramics that blend modern designs with an organic sensibility. Her work is texturally driven with patterned carvings in her Aura and Lena lines and with raised multiple clay strands found in her Anemone Series. Tilson has developed her own original color palette using her own glaze recipes, which are dishwasher and food safe.

Whether you want a whole dinnerware set, a cool new vase or just settle on one amazing serving piece, Tilson’s work comes alive when its being used. Stop by and put one on your holiday wish list today.


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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for August 2010

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This Little Piggy Went to Kong Lung.

August 2010

Bon bonns, tori richard & ECRI ceramicspiggy in the middle bag by Envirosax

Patchwork pigs by Nook-NookOur love for animals is apparent when you visit our store and are greeted by Olive and Mochi our resident Jack Russells cruising around in search a head scratches or leftover bakery goods. Chow our store kitty will probably be curled up taking one of his many cat naps in his basket behind the sales counter. But what we are crazy for right now at Kong Lung Trading is pigs. Yes pigs! We are offering an array of piggy products from a collection of hand painted porcelain sleeping pigs, a symbol of luck and family harmony, next you have to meet Beatrice the Pig, a patchwork critter doll that will melt your heart and to take all of your new friends home we have Envirosax’s piggy in the middle print.

Shhhhh…Sleeping Pigs

Art de Asia's sleeping pigs

When the pig was domesticated in China, owning one was considered to be an indication of a common man’s prosperity and good fortune. If you were lucky enough to own a pig you took very good care of it and that meant it slept in your home. This revealed that your life was pretty secure and happy. In fact, the Chinese character for ‘home’ is made up of the symbols for ‘roof’ and ‘pig’ thus the legend that a pig under the roof equals happiness for the home. Each porcelain pig from Art de Asia rests upon its own little red pillow and comes with a card explaining the tradition and its meaning.

Look Look it’s Nook-NookNook-Nook pig

Beatrice and her sisters are handmade with love and care in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Urban Oasis’ family-run workshop. Nook-nook means lot’s of fun in Thai and with this whimsical collection of patchwork critters we are sure that Beatrice the pig and her friends Marcel the Monkey, Buster the Bulldog and Daisy the Deer will brighten you day and put a smile on your face. “Handmade is more that touching something with hands, it is touching something with imagination, creating objects that radiate uniqueness and embrace individuality.”

Carry the Environmental Message in Style

Envirosax logo

Help planet earth everyday by carrying an Envirosax reusable bag. In its lifetime, each Envirosax bag saves the planet from approximately 6000 one time use plastic bags which kills wildlife by clogging waterways or will float in our oceans for thousands of years. Envirosax bags are tested for safety and strength and will hold up to 44 pounds. They are washable and won’t fade, instead they help to create a brighter ecological future. Will you be taking your piggy in the middle Envirosax to the market? We hope so.

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for July 2010

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Summer Time at Kong Lung Trading

July 2010

Bon bonns, tori richard & ECRI ceramics

Summer solstace has passed and we’re knee deep in salt water and white sand. Come to Kong Lung Trading to cool off and find the most exquistie summer treasures Kauai has to offer. This month we are featuring Jewelry by Mabel Chong & Lisa McKenzie. We have unloaded our pallet of fine pottery by ECRI. Vases, beautiful pots and insprirational finds for your summer garden. Summer Cookbooks, Tori Richard Mens’ Summer Collection, and the Ultimate Summer Treasure—Bonn Bons, by Lori Bonn. Take a peek and call us directly if you would like to reserve any of our featured items.

Lori Bonn

Bon Bonns by Lori Bonn

We love a woman in power. And when it comes to fashion, Queen Victoria reigned supreme. Her ornate slide charm bracelets were all the rage in 19th century England. Each of her charms had a story. Pearl charms to symbolize her wealth, Onyx charms to mourn the death of her prince. Amethyst charms to prevent drunkeness (those were prudish times, after all). She combined her charms to make bracelets with personal significance for herself and her high society friends. Queen Victoria’s charms are the inspiration behind Bonn Bons, a fresh, modern take on the fashion of the Victorian era. This fun concept includes charmes with fun names like, “Picking up the Pieces”, “Gold digger” or “Little Pearl of Wisdom”. Whatever slide charm you choose, you will cherish this fine piece of jewelry and be inspired to add another slide charm to celebrate the moments in your life that you want to cherish & remember.

ECRI Ceramics

ECRI Dutch ceramicsA Dutch family business of craftsmanship, that has been working for generations on optimising both the quality and the design of its products. Everything is done in-house, from designing new models to developing new colors. ECRI Ceramics follows trends in the industry and does so with high quality products that will last your lifetime. ECRI Ceramics: Generations of a family business with the craft at heart.


Cotton lawn by Tori Richard

Kong Lung Trading stocks the finest selection of Tori Richard Men’s Shirts. We also feature the casual shorts and pants line in various colors and sizes. The shirt featured in this photo is called Carnaby Street and is 100% cotton lawn.

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for June 2010

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Happy Father’s Day 2010!

June 2010

Hand Print textiles available at Kong Lung Trading Timeworks Classic Timepiece highest quality French Made Linens.  Kong Lung Trading

With Father’s Day fast approaching we want to offer our assistance in choosing that special something for Dad. Father’s deserve the very best on thier special day, and here at Kong Lung Trading we have just the gift for him. Take a moment to peruse our latest offerings and make this Father’s Day one to remember. We offer complimentary gift wrapping and you are welcome to call in advance with any questions you might have. Our latest selection of Tori Richard shirts and shorts have arrived- so shop early for the best selection.


Timeworks began with three brothers and an idea – to create a line of historically authentic clocks, which would be both affordable and functional.
Timeworks clocks are made individually, by hand – most of them at our factory in Berkeley, California. We use the finest components available – solid, hand-antiqued brass for cases and pendulums, die-cut steel hands with time-worn patinas and beautifully finished frames. Our quartz clock movements are the finest obtainable to ensure reliability and trouble-free service. Kong Lung Trading is proud to offer these American Made Timepieces and know that you will appreciate the unique quality of each one.


Le Jacquard Francais

Le Jacquard Francais offers the very highest quality French Made Linens. Kong Lung Trading offers Table Linens as well as their most popular Oversized Beach Towels made of 100% French cotton. The beach towels measure 39 x 79 and are pre-shrunk. The waffle weave creates a quick-drying towel that is perfect for the surfer in your family. Our Table Linens come in Summer’s most vibrant colors. We stock tablecloths, runners, placemats, napkins and dishtowels.

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for May 2010

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HandPrint Textiles available at Kong Lung Center

May 2010

Hand Print textiles available at Kong Lung Trading

Handprint is a family run business that focuses on designed hand crafted textiles for the home.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, machine and hand embroidery patterns and have quilting facilities all under one roof. Their designers bring these indigenous techniques and traditional patterns together with a contemporary sensibility to design their products for the global market. Here at Kong Lung Trading we offer a full line of Cotton Robes and Table Linens in the seasons’ most vibrant colors.
Photo courtesy of handprintonline.com.

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Kong Lung Trading: Fresh Picks for April 2010

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Take Sushi to Another Level for Mother’s Day

April 2010

Chopsticks Asian Tea Set Bento Boxes

Even if you don’t roll your own sushi, you can present it in fine style. Kong Lung Trading carries many options for Asian inspired table top. We have an array of fun and ultra-stylish chopsticks, chop stick rests, bento boxes, sake sets and designer napkins. We also have a great offering of tea sets, from traditional to modern. Come in and view our varied and ever-changing selection for Mother’s day gifts or your weekly pau hana sushi run.
Sushi photo courtesy of A.J. Irons of ironchefkauai.com.

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