Category Archives: Local

 

If you like high-quality American made leather work, Noah Marion Quality Goods has likely been on your radar for the last couple of years. Noah’s masterful leather goods have made quite an impression on locals here in Austin, and have been recognized nationally for excellence, style and simple elegance.

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It’s been a pleasure to watch our friend’s business grow and prosper over the last couple of years. Now, NMQG is entering a new phase! He is opening a brand new production and retail location at 2053 S. Lamar Blvd.

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Kong is very excited to help launch NMQG’s new retail location by sponsoring their grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 6-10pm. There will be food and drink, coffee and libations and (of course) custom screenprinted t-shirts you can pick up at the event! Please come out, support local business and Congratulate Noah on all his hard work and dedication!

Saturday, Aug 23. 6-10pm

 

Photography by Dennis Burnett | Styling by Robin Huney-Cutt and Makeup by Allie Towell

 

Kong owners Bruce Braden and Ryan Burkhart were recently selected as one of 12 CEO’s to Trust in 2014 by the Austin Phoenix. We are honored to be included in this series that focuses on CEO’s who practice humility and work hard to move beyond mistakes. Other interviews include: Brian Sharples of HomeAway; Bridget Dunlap of Dunlap ATX, Chris Taylor of Square Root; Jennifer Sinski and Miles Dahmann of RSVPster; Joe Lozano of Third Coast Coffee; Kendall Harter of Blue Matrix Labs; Lou Earle of Austin Fit Magazine; and Michael Portman and Jayson Rapaport of Birds Barbershop.

 

Thank you, Austin Phoenix for including us. Check out the article here.

 

Photography by Dennis Burnett; Styling by Robin Huney-Cutt; Makeup by Allie Towell. 

We’re pretty low key around Kong, and we would never make much ado about nothing, but when something is really great for our community, you can bet we’re going to make a big ado about it….

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Present Company will be presenting SHAKESPEARE AT THE MARKET: Much Ado About Nothing on the Whole Foods Market rooftop, April 18th-May 11th, Friday,Saturday, and Sunday evenings at 7. The performances are FREE, but a donation of $10-$20 is encouraged for guests who are able to support. The event promises to be a magical night of innovative Shakespearean comedy, live music, and food and wine under the stars. For more info, please click here. 

 

About Present Company
Present Company is a nonprofit theatre collective sponsored by the Austin Creative Alliance.  Founded in 2010, Present Company
aims to produce accessible, vital, and immediate theatre of the past, present and future, in unexpected ways and unexpected places
throughout Austin. The creators of the magical Shakespeare on the Farm series at Rain Lily Farm, Present Company strives to make
moving theatrical art that broadens our hearts and minds, and helps to sustain the cultural community of Austin. Learn more about Present Company by clicking here to visit their website.

Kong is pleased to sponsor this production and hope you and yours can enjoy one of the performances. 

TOMS card

TOMS Shoes is launching their new Austin store on March 11th, 2014 on S. Congress. To celebrate the new launch, TOMS collaborated with Alyson Fox, an Austin based designer who has worked with the likes of West Elm and Hawkins New York. Her work has been profiled in the Elle, The New York Times, Vogue, Style and many others.

 

When TOMS contacted Kong about printing Alyson’s designs on 150 pair of their classics, we didn’t hesitate. A first round of prototyping proved challenging as the shoes are designed with a raised seam that traverses the front toe cap. The problem was how to get the squeegee to ride evenly over the front of the shoe so that the right amount of ink could be deposited and provide a sharp crisp look to  Alyson’s minimal design. Initial tests were promising, but we knew we would have to work very hard to make printing on an after production shoe look seamless.

Kong prototypes

 

Kong’s printers and problems solvers, Brian Phillips, Bruce Braden and Katie Neustaedter  put their heads together and devised a system that got us the high quality results we demand of ourselves. In particular, Brian built a custom printing template that would allow for precise placement of the graphic with just the right amount of ink to make the design pop. We would tell you how he did it, but we’d have to. . .well, you know.

 

Kong and TOMS were quite pleased with the results – 150 limited edition Classics that will be available at the launch of TOMS new store on March 11th. We hope to see you at the launch!

Alyson Fox TOMS classic Front

TOMS Alyson Fox Shoes

 

 

We’ve been rockin’ on a new project lately… printing on something we’ve not printed on before (we do that around here a lot)….a custom guitar by Moniker.

Custom Screenprinted Guitar by Kong and Moniker

We’re pleased to introduce “If It Ain’t Broke, Make It Better.” Here’s what Moniker’s luthiers had to say about the design, “The combination of the plaid with the text immediately reminded us of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ ska-punk style. We decided to pair it with a black trim around the sides and mix-and-match black and gold hardware. Only one pickup was used, a Moniker humbucker in the bridge, order to keep the design balanced with the text.”

Moniker by Kong

Moniker by Kong

The guitar will be unveiled tonight at Up Collective gallery for the HandPlayed exhibition. Local artists and designers such as Brian Phillips, Bob Schneider, MakeATX, Brian David Johnson and Sophie Roach were asked to design one of a kind guitars. You can read more about the artists here.

The opening tonight kicks off an auctionfor these one of a kind guitars and proceeds benefit the Austin Music Foundation.  The Auction runs through Dec. 15.

See all of the guitars and bid on them HERE.

 

The Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides free business education for Austin’s musicians and the music industry. AMF’s number of clients has increased nearly 300% since opening the Creative Media Center two years ago and needs to expand!

Fortunately, AMF has obtained a 15 year rent free lease at South Shore District, East Austin’s newest luxury apartment and mixed-use complex, located on East Riverside. The new South Shore location will be the new home for AMF’s Creative Media Center (CMC), providing intimate work sessions with experts in the music industry. AMF will also utilize the new space to enhance its Music Industry Collaborative (MIC), Leaders in Austin Music (LIAM) and other programs.

AMF is asking its supporters to invest in Austin Music and help fund the cost of the building/finish out on the new building. This is a huge opportunity for AMF’s growth and ability to continue to serve musicians and enhance Austin’s music-driven economy for years to come!

Kong recently completed printing 14,000 flags for this upcoming installation on Lady Bird Lake. This temporary art installation will be on view publicly for three months this fall. Women & Their Work invited visual artist, Beili Liu, (as lead artist), Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) to collaborate and the project, THIRST, was created. This large scale, site specific installation is located on Lady Bird Lake. THIRST memorializes the loss of the over 300 million trees that died in the drought of 2011. – quoted text from Women and Their Work’s Website. Please visit to learn more about this project.

Here’s a short video of the prayer flag hanging test:

Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground artists and their stories and airs on KLRU-TV PBS.
Recently, they have begun production for Season 2 of the series with the initial episodes set to begin airing  on Labor Day 2013 on KLRU.
Kong is proud to be a supporter of Hardly Sound, which digs deeper into the stories behind independent music in Austin and Texas. We hope you will support their efforts to raise more capital and continue producing the show. Please have a look at the videos below and then Visit and GIVE  a DONATION to support them. Not only will you learn more about local musicians, you may get a cool shirt printed by Kong for your generosity!

Support Hardly Sound at Indiegogo! from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

Kong Screenprinting Sponsor Spot from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

Brittany prints the Death Star!

Brittany (@QuasiBrit) and Eric (@EricHighland) from The Austinot like to ask questions and blog about the answers. And you know what?  They are really great at it! So, when they contacted us via twitter to set up a time to swing by Kong, we said, “C’mon over and we’ll share with you everything we know about screenprinting and design.”

We enjoyed showing them around the studio, talking about our business and creative approach,  and even teaching Brittany to squeegee some ink through a screen. Check out the great article they published and feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section. After you’re done with that, make sure you click on the food and drink section and read about Eric and Brittany’s never ending search for the Best Burger Joint in Austin, you’ll enjoy the analysis and it’ll save you a lot of  legwork.