My name is Tiu (pronounced 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 a bit time introvert that's into video games, cute things, 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've worked in fast fashion retail, 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. I didn't want to be a part of that and knew there had to be a better, more intentional and responsible way of doing things in the retail world so Kinsfolk Shop was born.
(I'm on the left and that's Rahul in the middle and our son on the right)
From my first bachelor apartment of 350 square feet to our first bungalow of 550 square feet, to now living in 900 sq ft with my partner, Rahul, our 5 year old, and our dog, we've learned to be selective and prioritize practicality and function.
This shop is a continual work in progress as I am continually learning and growing.
Products are added regularly and collections are updated as we come across things that are useful and inspiring.
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!