Our Story

The journey of Qua begins from a trip to Vietnam in 2002, where the founder Meng Yee was mesmerised by the high-quality craftsmanship of a particular workshop that she was at – who we work closely with till date. Embracing the partnership and where the idea took root, the name “Qua” is inspired by an abbreviation of “gifts” in Vietnamese. Qua was born from the desire to breathe meaning into gifting, and as a brand, it is synonymous with meticulous artistry which crafts distinctive lacquerware that lasts generations. 

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We are the first to bring to the local market a refined range of lacquerware with a wide variety of home accessories and gift products. Over the years, we have established a foundation of trust with our customers. The Qua lacquerware is characterised by its distinctive rich lustre and enduring shine, which are painstakingly handmade and polished by our artisans. A unique material, working with natural lacquer requires utmost patience and skills, which is evident in the beautiful sheen of all the finished products.

Proudly Singaporean, we also make it a point to seek out various Singaporean artists and companies for collaborations over the years. What we hope for when the recipient receives a Qua lacquerware is the recognition that it is not just a simple decoration piece, but also a celebration of the Asian culture.  We have also recently expanded some of our most popular designs into other non-lacquer products, such as decorative cushions, notebooks, and business card cases. 

Since 2011, Qua has been working with artists with special needs from Very Special Arts Singapore and Pathlight Singapore. Their fascinating worldview that makes for amazing art pieces are now reproduced into lacquer gift items – thereby creating a revenue stream for the artists who will earn royalties from the sale of the merchandise. 

Taking it a step further, Qua is also known for customising gifts for the government agencies, MNCs, banks and hotels. Fully customisable – ranging from a simple logo, design and artwork, to the size and measurements, even for private labels – the sky’s the limit for your various corporate needs. Check out what our corporate clients have to say about us

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Qua is the defining company for distinctive handmade gifts and exceptional customer service which will make your shopping experience seamless.