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about

Hello!

Our names are Tiu (she/her) and Rahul (he/him) and we currently live in Guelph, Ontario (traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples) and we run Kinsfolk Shop. We started this little 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, and 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. 

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

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 the day to day and creative side while Rahul is the computer wizard and numbers guy.

Our 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 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 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. 

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