about the shop

Hello!

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 (it’s actually just the two of us that run this 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. 

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, and more of the day to day, while Rahul is the computer wizard and marketing expert.

Our goal is to source fun, high quality, practical goods that are responsibly made.
We carry a range of products that include fair-trade as well as Canadian-made and carefully selected makers and manufacturers from various regions around the world that align with what this shop is all about.

Products are added regularly and collections are updated as we come across things that are useful and inspiring.

We're also honoured to be able to support Tree CanadaFeed Ontario and Anishnabeg Outreach a monthly basis thanks to you!