When the Rashiwala brothers arrived in Singapore in 1925, they started a small business, C. Rashiwala Bros, trading raw gemstones with local merchants and selling jewelry to wealthy local settlers. They began what is now one of the region's most prestigious supplier of semi-precious stones and jewelry, additionally C. Rashiwala Bros is South East Asia's oldest and most trusted distributors of Swarovski products.
The business continued until 1942 when WW2 broke out. My great grand-uncle returned to India with my father and the rest of the family. My grandfather stayed behind in Singapore to guard and look after the shop.
Life was harsh during the Japanese occupation. In the early days of the occupation, he hid in the nearby jungle during the daytime, coming out only at night to forage for food.
At that time, the shop was looted, fired upon & once partially set alight by a marauding mob.
Penniless and with whatever he could salvage from the fire, he spread-out a small canvas in front of the shop and placed the salvaged fabrics to sell. He was unable to move back immediately into the shop as he was unable to pay for the $170 monthly rental as well as for repairs to the damaged shop.
A few months later, he moved back into the shop. After the war and the withdrawal of Japanese troops in 1945, the shop was renovated with teak cupboards and display cabinets. My father also returned a few years later to continue his studies in Singapore.
He joined his father in the business in 1956. By then, we had introduced trimmings in addition to some haberdashery items like sequins, beads, etc.
In 1967, my father Kantilal Gamanlal Rashiwala; wrote to M/s Swarovski and successfully became their first distributor in S. E. Asia. In 1978, at 16 years of age; I joined my father in the business. I am the fourth generation Rashiwala and run the shop from our own premises at 100 Arab Street which we moved into in 2004. We have incorporated a fair-bit of the old post-war teak wood furniture from our previously rented shop.
We are South East Asia's fastest growing supplier of precious gemstones and jewelry products. A company deeply rooted to its "customer-first" values, Oohwala provides its customers everything from simple beads to precious Swarovski gemstones at competitive prices. Complemented by efficient customer support and seamless shopping experience, Oohwala is dedicated to providing you top-quality products at an unrivaled level of service.
We supply meaningful and elegant jewelry and accessories, which we hope will positively empower and connect people from all across the region.
Oohwala is a Brand of C. Rashiwala Bros.