Flight of the Wedding Ducks

Wedding Duck Chopsticks

Wedding Ducks take flight!

Mandarin ducks set new long distance records this month with a flight that took them from Mexico City to China, Thailand and eventually Amazing Grace who delivered them to the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. Known mostly in China and Korea as symbols of lasting affection, the imagery of the paired male and female ducks is often associated with weddings and wedding favors which we guessed was their ultimate purpose — getting to the wedding on time.

Responding to a large order from a convention and incentives company in Mexico City for wedding duck chopsticks sets, the challenge required coordination with our factory in China, the manufacturer in Bangkok of Thai silk chopstick boxes, our warehouse staff in Hong Kong and of course, the Four Seasons. It was, I’m happy to say, a challenge well met by Amazing Grace and CEO Cindy Chau, both of whom love ducks themselves, for dinner.

Happy Customers

It’s always great to hear from happy customers, few happier than a lady in Fairfax, Virginia, whose purchase led to a memorable evening, a story we thought worth sharing.

Dear Mr. Green,

Thank you for the chopsticks  ordered. They just arrived today, a belated Christmas present for a friend of mine. We went out for sushi here in Virginia, and he opened the gift at the restaurant. He was overwhelmed by the beauty of the chopsticks, plus he’s a Pisces so the fish motif went over well. We decided to actually use the chopsticks in the restaurant (all the Asian restaurants we go to have the cheap wood ones you break apart). And then suddenly one of the Asian owners came by our table, and said, “Excuse me, but one of our patrons asked us why you two have the good chopsticks and they don’t,  so I had to find out where you get them.” And that was just the beginning, pretty soon all the other restaurant workers stopped by our table to admire them, and other patrons were looking over at our table. We felt like celebrities thanks to your beautiful chopsticks. I was nervous about ordering over the internet from Hong Kong, but your family story on your Web site made me feel at ease, and the quality of my order is incredible. My friend (normally a very macho guy) was almost in tears and couldn’t thank me enough for the special gift. Now I think I’m going to get the chopstick rests monogrammed for his birthday in February. Thank you for processing my order so quickly and for making this a very memorable day in my life!

All the best,

Carolyn H.