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Beautiful shop with the most fantastic fabric with (local) designs. You can find pillowcases, scarfs, placemats, tablecloths etc. Small note books and other items. Also some vintage furniture. If you want to buy a gift or a souvenir to take home visit this store.

Annemieke van vliet

I loved this shop with lifestyle and decor products beautifully designed drawing on Singapore heritage with a very chic and contemporary twist. Mike, the owner and designer, has managed to create something truly special and creative. Don’t miss if you are in Singapore!

Cristina Pb

I bought a cute plate with a Singapore motif as a gift. It came in a brushed light blue box with a ribbon and cost $58. The wrapping looks very luxurious, so it's perfect as a gift.

Ko Sato

Loved the Kueh Kueh inspired wall paper and so many other pretty designs!

Dawn Foo

Highly recommended for a visit!

Beautiful and unique shop run by two self-taught designers Eugene and Mike. They draw inspiration from their own life experiences and surroundings, for example, capturing 200+ different window grill designs around Tiong Bahru over 6 days then manipulating the patterns digitally to add their own interpretation, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that evoke nostalgia for local Singaporeans while creating a sense of wonder for folks like me who didn't grow up here. I enjoyed learning about their design journey ~ Eugene is a very talented yet humble storyteller!

Leanne Poon

A store that has very artistic products with designs based on Singapore's culture. I bought a table runner, placemats and a scarf and am delighted with them.
A must visit store for Singaporean gifts.
Mike and Eugene, the store owners were so helpful, giving excellent suggestions.

Rekha Krishnan

Must-see store if you drop by Joo Chiat. All the designs are unique and created by the Onlewo owners. I love that they capture evocative elements of Singaporean heritage, sites and sights - we have so much to cherish and be proud of. Bought several cushion covers to embellish my home space. The owner was also very sincere and genial, and gave us recommendations on his personal favourite spots to go to in the neighbourhood.

Yvonne Lee

The seller is very accomodating and managed to deliver same day within timing despite bad weather and last min. The items are sooooo beautifully made and the colors pop. 👍👍👍 Such pleasant experience for first order ❤️

YY Tan

Can stay in shop for a long long time. Ordered a nice fabric but think is a need to buy more, not want ! Hope to pick up some nice souvenirs in my next visit for my Japanese ex colleagues due to visit them soon…

Lynn Lim

I have used Onlewo on a few occasions, and each and every time their service is always prompt, efficient and friendly. Their products are also beautiful and of a very high quality. They simply never disappoint!

Jasmin Weissmann

We have the luck to come across this beautiful small boutique and chatted with the owner this afternoon. He is passionate with Singapore heritage and culture. And is very willing share his knowledge with us. Almost like having a private cultural tour. Absolutely recommend if you have the need to buy unique gifts or souvenirs, or simply share a great conversation!!

Li Yu Huang

So glad I made a trip to Onlewo! Beautiful motifs, lovely patterns and fascinating stories behind the items and bespoke pieces. Time flew by listening to co-owner Eugene share their story and journey. Great place for Singapore or Peranakan inspired gifts. Such a gem and an absolute pleasure to be in their shop.

Louise Chong

Excellent store for locally inspired articles, with superb service by the owner-artist. Blew me away. Highly recommended.

Mike Borsetti

What a gem of a find in the heart of the Joo Chiat heritage neighborhood! Owner and designer Eugene was nothing short of welcoming and gracious. He was generous sharing with me where he draws his inspiration from. And learning from him and seeing thru his creative lens not only brings out the nostalgia of my childhood growing up in the neighborhood, but also so much more connected and appreciative of my roots and the surrounding beauty of it all. Thank you!

Minnie Lee

Gorgeous plate and lamp shade - featuring Singapore iconic images - locally designed by Onlewo in Singapore. Love them!! X

Cheryl Tan

Lots of unique, nostalgic peranakan/singapore heritage prints. Really happy with how my wallpaper turned out! Thanks Eugene for your help to expedite the print.

C L

The artistry of the products is beautiful & all designed by the owners. All the designs have a story and a historical connection. The objects are very well crafted. Eugene offered wonderful customer service. Onlewo is a perfect little store for Singaporean artisanal objects!

ISTRATE RALUCA

I recently purchased a sofa throw from ONLEWO, and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. The design of the throw is unique and beautiful, and the quality of the fabric is top-notch. Additionally, the customer service I received at the store was excellent. Yeugene was particularly helpful in answering my questions and helping me find the perfect sofa throw for my home. Overall, I had a fantastic experience at ONLEWO and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for high-quality and unique home decor items.

Elvira Zaripova

Absolutely gorgeous patterned textiles. A must see.

Robert Frank

The calm atmosphere of the store and the charming items that reflect the culture of Singapore make me want to revisit soon.

Hiro

A colourful range of interior and design products that reflect Singaporean culture and heritage. With a friendly co-owner of Onlewo sharing stories behind each products/patterns, I was able to get an insight of the community and a glance into its histories. I wish I had more time to visit again, and highly recommended for people with eyes and curiousity into design and cultural heritage.

Tomo Usuda

Getting Excited by Onlewo’s Design Journey

  • March 30, 2024

    Mike Tay & The Onlewo Storey Profiled By The A List

    Mike shares about how his family background, childhood and personal perspective of beauty are all reasons for his love for designing Singapore wallpaper and fabric. http://a-list.sg/profile-mike-tay/ “As a young boy, Mike Tay noticed a rangoli at the doorstep of his Indian neighbour. The beautiful arrangement of...

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  • March 30, 2024

    Peranakan Wallpaper And Cushion Cover Featured On Home & Decor

    Thanks Home & Decor again, for the lovely feature of our Peranakan series of Singapore wallpaper and fabric patterns! “Traditional Peranakan designs are so rich in visual imagery and colour, it’s not surprising that designers
 are mining them to create products for the modern home. Designer Mike...

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  • March 30, 2024

    Chinatown Fabric Featured By Home & Decor

    Another original Singapore fabric design by Mike that will tug at the heartstrings of Singaporeans. This vibrant and timelessly festive Chinatown design is a pattern play with icons such as opera singer, historic buildings, persimmon, Chinese lanterns, etc. It’s an oriental eclectic...

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FAQs ABOUT CORPORATE GIFTS

How to Choose a Meaningful Corporate Gift?

Corporate gifting is about making deep impression or leaving lasting memories with your guests, business partners and important customers. It is about giving something meaningful, and making sure that your gift will be appreciated. It is easy to think of corporate gifting this way: would you be impressed if you are the receiving person?

Today, cultural appreciation has taken on new level of importance in business exchanges. Whether you are giving a gift to your corporate customers, associates or even your own company staff, blending in cultural element tastefully in the gift design will inevitably generate a stronger positive emotional response. A corporate gift that successfully tugs at the heartstring will win the best impression. 

Choosing The Right Corporate Gift for First Meeting 

When meeting someone for the first time in a business setting, presenting a gift is a sensitive matter. It is particularly helpful to present a gift that will also be a conversation starter, to help you break the ice with an unfamiliar person. A gift with well-designed cultural or heritage content usually works well, as receiving persons tend to respond in courtesy and appreciation of the design details. It also presents you a chance to highlight cultural background in the design and break the ice by sharing a light-hearted but meaningful detail. Beginning a first-time work meeting with a thoughtful gift as a bridge to a new relationship will set the succeeding conversation in a positive, friendly tone.

Gifting is meant to make both the giver and receiver feel good. You know it when you have given a good gift, and so will your business guests or customers. This good feeling is the essence of a meaningful corporate gift.

Most Important Rules for  Business Gift

A corporate gift that strikes a fine balance between personal and commercial vibe is the right gift. As a business related gift, it cannot be feel too personal, so as to avoid stepping too far beyond the line of business relationship. Yet, the corporate gift needs to have a personal touch that is just nice, to project an appreciation of the chance to meet the person representing her/his company. 

A corporate gift is to facilitate good business relationships and as a corollary business transactions. However, the gift cannot feel too commercial or transactional, as it will engender an association with shallowness or, worse, be insulting to your guests or customers by implying disrespect or quid pro quo. You will want to build a corporate relationship based on goodwill, trust and quality, and your gift must present that message. Corporate gifting is a considered practice that weighs the balance between a personal and official approach, tilting sometimes towards the former when relationships have deepened and at other times towards the latter when the occasion requires greater formality. 

What to Avoid in Corporate Gifting?

A gift can generate both positive and less-than-positive effect. Gifts that come across as thoughtless and being given for the sake of giving will leave a slightly poor taste for your customers, business partners or important guests. Gifts that compromises on packaging quality will also fail your goodwill-building mission. 

Corporate gifts that represent your culture needs to be expressed tastefully and sensitively as cultural issues can be tricky. In presenting gifts with cultural designs, it is important to convey the intention of sharing just the cultural uniqueness of your country and avoid projecting cultural superiority or competitiveness.  The value of the corporate gift must also be well considered so that the gifting gesture communicates friendliness and generosity, not economic superiority. 

At a more practical level, one should also avoid gifts that are similar to those found in airport gift shops and souvenir stands, as your corporate gifting effort will be interpreted as an effort of convenience and superficiality. Global traveling at both consumer and business level has provided wide exposure and access to brands and products, and people are generally more well-informed. The more readily your gift is, the lower the uniqueness and wow factor. In other words, it is good to avoid globally or widely available products as corporate gifts.