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about

Hi friends!

My name is Tiu (pronounced like TEE-YOU) (she/her) and I currently live in Guelph, Ontario (traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples). I’m an introvert that's into video games, reading, coffee, spooky stuff and supporting all things local. I started this little shop because, after working in retail for over a decade, I wasn't seeing or being asked to sell products that I felt people actually needed. I also ran an Etsy shop selling things I made but wanted to expand and branch out. I've worked in fast fashion retail, fast home decor, 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 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. I wanted to introduce fellow Canadians to a more simple and intentional approach to living everyday life. I aim to help you find useful, practical pieces for your home.

Two adults and a child standing in front of a wall in Graffiti Alley and smiling.

 

Kinsfolk Shop is a work in progress as I am continually learning and growing.

From my first bachelor apartment of 350 square feet to my first bungalow of 550 square feet, to now living in 900 sq ft with my partner, Rahul, our 5 year old, and our dog, I've learned to be selective and prioritize practicality and function.

My goal is to source 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 we’re all about.

Products are added regularly and collections are updated as I find things that are useful and inspiring.

We're also honoured to be able to support Tree Canada , Feed Ontario  and Water First on a monthly basis thanks to you!

tree canada website link via Kinsfolk Shop             Water First Logo

Kinsfolk Shop is based in Guelph, Ontario and functions online only for the time being.

All shipping is carbon neutral and plastic-free! You can read more about that here.

Thank you for taking the time to check out the shop! And let me know if you have any suggestions or feedback!

Much love,

Tiu