Kong Lung Trading: Staff Picks for March 2011

For the Love of Texture

March 2011

Necklace by N+A Jewelry   cover from the book entitled "Nobody's Fool"

Recycled glass tray by Mermaid Treasures  Graphique de France note pads

This month we are exploring some of our favorite new items that all share one common trait which is beautiful texture. Texture is something tangible and alluring and adds dimension to your world. Sometimes the simplest items with uncomplicated shapes and designs can be made extravagant and rich with texture, adding a desired elegant and subtle effect. We hope you enjoy our choices this month. Please call us at 808-828-1822 to find out more information. Or even better, to experience the true texture, come visit us at Kong Lung Trading.

Deborah Cecil Deborah’s Pick:

Since it’s inception in a barn in 1990, KOBS’ products have changed the lives of all who have come in contact with them. Kevin hand built everything in the beginning including the equipment that was used to make the products. Quality control was always the focus, and Kevin kept everything within eyesight of his drawing table.

An assortment of pillows by Kevin O'Brien StudioOn a trip to Nepal, Kevin realized that there were people who were better equipped and more experienced to handle the intricate and delicate nature of the production of his pillows, scarves, bedding and rugs.

A texture study of a KOBS pillowAdditionally Kevin found a small number of skilled craftsmen in Vietnam and India, and constructed textile workshops with his own equipment. Even now in China, Kevin has hand-picked skilled artisans, set up a small studio and created a situation where he can be sure that they are not participating in any of the unsavory practices that people worry about when it comes to Chinese Manufacturing. All of this is done to provide you with the finest hand-dyed textiles available.

Stop by to see (and feel) the collection of Kevin O’Brien Studios Throw Pillows. Prices $108 – $240.

Janet TevesJanet’s Pick:

Janet is always excited to talk about her monthly pick. This month she choose the sumptuous Ingrid Cusson suede book covers. “I have the checkbook cover. I just LOVE it!”

An Ingrid Cusson Journal CoverOnce you see, and then hold one in your hands, you will understand Janet’s enthusiasm. It truly is one of life’s most welcomed luxuries to have something so simple as a address book or journal, covered in the finest quality, buttery suede. A tactile experience of splendor that never tires.

The elegant covers are made from very supple pig suede and decorated with wonderful, elegant and even whimsical photo transfers. Ingrid makes photo albums, business card holders, guest books, diaries and more.

Come by and pick up a few, you never know when you’ll need a sweet little gift to brighten someone’s day. Prices $18 – $85.

Linens at Kong Lung TradingPatty’s Pick:

Nydel Table Cloths available at Kong Lung TradingWhen you see these table cloths and napkins you will see that they are very obviously an exceptional product. What Patty likes about them, and surprises her, is how they resonate with men. “I find that men are really interested in these. They bring their wives in because they are so excited.”

A beautiful French Linen table cloth by NydelIt may be Nydel’s emphasis on durability and ease-of-care that attracts the men—Nydel makes sure that your only worry is to enjoy the special evening, not the glass of spilled red wine. But for sure their amazing beauty and elegant texture sets them apart.

With a range of piece-dyed and yarn-dyed cotton jacquards, plain figured cottons, raised lines, waffled taffetas, embroidered linens and cotton sateens, Nydel has an impressive offering of choice linens.

Kong Lung Trading is offering the Soir line with prices ranging from $215 – $350. Come in today to see and feel the best of French Linens.

Cover of "Rear Ends"Book of the Month:

by Roger Handy & Karin Elsener

Rear Ends is a bottom’s up to the backside! On the beach or in the backyard, clad in stripes, bloomers, or nothing at all, behinds are instantly recognizable and always amusing. From cute babies to playful adults who should really know better, the glutei maximi in all of these found photographs are seen bouncing on furniture or tumbling on the ground in impressive displays of gymnastic prowess.A spread from rear ends

Young, old, in black-and-white or in color, bottoms and the comedic possibilities they present are infinite and timeless. Quirky and charming, this cheeky collection of photographs is sure to appeal to anyone with a penchant for the posterior.