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For November, 2009

25
Nov

Hello World!

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The last time I wrote anything that is not on email was at school in my diary. The truth is, I am not a good writer. But, I have been advised by my marketing & web consultant that blogging is the way to go to reach out to my global customers. I also realized that the blog can also help me record the trials & tribulations of being an entrepreneur. So, here I am, launching my blog.

My business, Brex International was started in 2002. Then, it was a spur of inspiration when my hubby & I was in Vietnam and saw our first piece of lacquerware. During that same trip, I visited my family friend’s lacquerware factory. I was dumbfounded by the entire process on how lacquerware is made. For a really beautiful and high quality piece, it goes through an extremely tedious process. I watched as the craftsman painstakingly apply and polish lacquer onto the product layer after layer.

I decided to bring back to a bunch of products to see if I can sell them. If I can’t, then, my friends will get them as gifts for their next few Christmas, Birthdays, wedding(s), housewarming etc etc!

Thus Brex International is borned and Qua (the Vietnamese word for “gift”) is the name of my baby. Today, I am proud to say that Qua offers different assortments of lacquer ware, table accessories, jewellery, beauty and decorative home products, collectors items. It is distributed through 11 retails outlets in Singapore, and we made some headway to Malaysia and UK

The brand “Qua” is synonymous with quality. Our customers can tell the difference when they see our products and our competitors! Qua products were conceptualised as a refinement to lifestyles, featuring exquisite designs and lacquer of a very high quality. It has since become the hallmark of Qua Products, adopted by world class brand name hotels as their range and merchandise. We also have the opportunity to work with many corporates on their corporate gift items when they want something really special, exquisite or customized.

Enough story about us – I would like to hear from you, so that I can learn and grow the company, our products and people. We hope to see you soon in the internet space or at our stockists.

20
Nov

Our Recent Clients

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Government Agencies

Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA)
IE Singapore
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth (MCCY)
Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)
Ministry of Education (MOE)
Ministry of Finance (MOF)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Law (MLaw)
Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Ministry of Transport (MOT)
Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)
People’s Association (PA)
Port Authority of Singapore (PSA)
Supreme Court

Banks & Financial Institutions
Bank Julius Baer

Development Bank of Singapore (DBS)
Citibank
RBS ABN AMRO Bank N.V
ANZ Bank
AIA
Prudential
OCBC
United Overseas Bank (UOB)
Lim & Tan Securities
Rabobank

Schools & Education
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Republic Polytechnic
National University of Singapore (NUS)
NUS School of Maths & Science
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Pathlight School
Singapore Institute of Technology

Hospitality

American Club
Four Seasons Mumbai
Four Seasons Singapore
Fraser Suites
Fullerton Hotel
Genting Hotel
Mandarin Orchard Hotel
Marina Mandarin Hotel
Orchard Hotel
Pan Pacific Hotel
Park Avenue Suites
Regent Hotel
Resorts World at Sentosa for Hotel Michael, Equarius Hotel, and Crockfords Tower
Ritz Carlton
Shangri La Hotel

Others
Ascendas

Alexandra Hospital
Banyan Tree
Changi Hospital
KK Hospital
Keppel Corporation
Singapore Airlines
SingPost

20
Nov

A customer wanted to give her sister a special gift – a lacquered portrait of her niece. To surprise her sister, she got hold of a photograph of her niece. Our artist painted the portrait and the sister loved it and had it hung on her wall!

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20
Nov

Mr JHHH

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A gentleman wanted to celebrate his 25 years in business with his business associates and colleagues. Having seen and liked our boxes, he wanted them to be specially customised by having quirky messages written on them. The end product was simple enough, a box with a message on it.

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20
Nov

Esplanade

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The Esplanade had commissioned some photographs of their iconic building. The photos were incorporated into a series of products. These were used for gifts when they have visitors as well as for sale in their gift shop.

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20
Nov

Singapore Flyer

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The Singapore Flyer requires a set of gift mementos to be sold at the gift shop. We designed a collection of items inspired by the Flyer. They made perfect gift for the passengers of the Flyer.

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20
Nov

Ho Printing

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Ho Printing has a modest budget but still will like to impress his customers. A exclusively designed notelet holder was produced. What was so unique about this gift was that they personalized the paper to the receipient’s individual name to make it even more special.

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20
Nov

SIA

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For the PPS club members, SIA had a celebratory cocktail party and required a door gift for the party. A coaster set inlaid with mother of pearl was produced. The calligraphy was specially done, and a message thanking the customer was included as part of the gift.

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Mr Ong Kim Seng, Singapore’s celebrated water colour artist, painted a few impressive pieces of the NUS buildings. We incorporated the paintings onto coaster sets using the corporate colours of blue and orange. Even the packaging box is customized with the NUS blue.

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MOT commissioned us to incorporate our land, air and sea transport into our lacquer products.

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