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  1. When the Rashiwala brothers arrived at Singapore in 1925, they begun a modest business, C. Rashiwala Bros, trading raw gems with nearby sellers and marketing jewellery to prosperous local residents. They began what’s right now one of the region’s most prestigious company of semi-precious gems and jewelry, additionally C. Rashiwala Bros is South East Asia’s earliest and most respected representatives of Swarovski merchandise. This business persisted until 1942 when WW2 started. The Rahiwala great grand-uncle made a comeback to India together with grand-son as well as the rest of the family members. The grandfather remained behind in Singapore to safeguard and look after the shop. Daily life was harsh during the Japanese occupation. In the beginning of the occupation, he hid inside the nearby forest through the day time, coming out only at nights to forage for food. At that time, the shop was looted, fired on & once partly 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 recovered fabrics to offer. He was unable to move back instantly into the store as he was unable to pay for the $170 monthly leasing as well as for maintenance for the broken shop. A several months later, he transferred back again into the store. After the war and the drawback of Japanese military in 1945, the shop was renovated with teak drawers and exhibit units. The third generation Rashiwala also returned a couple of years later to carry on his studies in Singapore. The current owner joined up with his father in the industry in 1956. By then, they’d launched trimmings along with some haberdashery items just like sequins, beads, and so on. In 1967, Kantilal Gamanlal Rashiwala; wrote to M/s Swarovski and successfully became their first supplier in S. E. Asia. In 1978, at 16 yrs . old, The fourth generation Rashiwala manage the store from their own property at 100 Arab Street that they moved in to in 2004. They’ve integrated a fair-bit of the old post-war teak wood household furniture from their previously rented shop.

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