about the shop
Our names are Tiu (she/her) and Rahul (he/him) and we operate out of Ontario, Canada on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples (Guelph). We started this little family-run shop after both working in retail for years and being surrounded by hyper-consumerism, and the huge amount of waste.
We met while working at a big box store back in 2010. Rahul moved onto office life, while Tiu continued to work in an assortment of fast fashion shops, fast home décor, and other types of retail that subscribed to a "throw away" culture of consumerism. It was all about the next fad, and the next season. This mass consumption is detrimental to the environment and the livelihood of the workers that make these products which are often manufactured in oppressive, unsafe and unsustainable working conditions. We knew there had to be a better, more intentional and responsible way of doing things in the retail world so Kinsfolk Shop was born.
From our first bachelor apartment of 350 square feet to our first bungalow of 550 square feet, to now living in 900 sq ft with our 6 year old, and our dog, we've learned to be selective and prioritize practicality and function.
This shop is a work in progress as we are continually learning and growing. Tiu handles social media and the creative side as well as product sourcing while Rahul is the computer wizard and marketing expert.
Products are added regularly and collections are updated as we come across things that are useful and inspiring.