Meet The Face Behind

TSHU

A BRIKA maker story

Marion & Thomas

MONTREAL, QC
"I love it when mankind outperforms itself."
“With three kids at home, we immediately noticed an impact on our consumption of paper tissues!”

“Our handkerchiefs tell a story, they inspire change, they refer to culture, history, people.”


“We feel purchasing through BRIKA is a seal of quality, engagement and talent and we feel very fortunate to be part of it!”


“Our handkerchiefs tell a story, they inspire change, they refer to culture, history, people.”


In the summer 2013, Marion and Thomas traveled to Europe to introduce their son to the family abroad but came home with an unusual legacy: Thomas' Great Uncle's old embroidered hankies. Back in Montreal, Marion and Thomas rediscover the pleasure of cotton handkerchiefs : yes, to relieve their noses, but also to wipe their baby’s cheeks, the water on a bench park for her, the milk froth in the moustache for him. They started dreaming of handkerchiefs, excess consumption, the environment, and of the desire to merge new with the old. Together they created TSHU, a line of modern handkerchiefs with a unique shape and a distinctive sense of style. They plant a tree for every handkerchief sold. Feel good x 2!


All TSHU's handkerchiefs are designed, printed, sewn and embroidered in Montreal. They partner with suppliers all located within a 1km radius in the “Chabanel” district of the city. Marion and Thomas design the patterns as a team, then pass them on to a workshop that screen prints each handkerchief one by one. The handkerchiefs then travel to a little workshop with three skilled seamstresses, who accommodate TSHU between projects for other designers. Finally, the handkerchiefs reach the embroiderer who embroiders and sews the folded corner into place. Back at the office Marion and Thomas iron the handkerchiefs flat and tuck them into a recycled cardboard sleeve.

Who inspires you to do the work that you do?


Marion: Thomas! Without him, TSHU wouldn’t be TSHU. He is a huge supporter, fantastic ambassador, great listener and he always gives precious feedback. We bounce back ideas and make all the “big” decisions together – and he gives me the liberty to work on changing the world, one handkerchief at a time by supporting our family every day.


Thomas: Marion! Without her, TSHU would not have been born that fast and that beautifully. Marion is this perfect mix of passion, drive and truthfulness that can achieve whatever she puts her mind to.


Tell us about your ideal Saturday.


Waking up to see Thomas’ smile. Espresso in bed. Pajamas for an hour or two and breakfast with the kids. Going jogging, playing outside, reading a story or two. Catching up with emails. Martinis, brainstorming. Raw fish, a good series. That’s reality and it feels ideal! Add a little adventure and travel once in a while and it’s perfect.

“All our handkerchiefs are designed, printed, sewn and embroidered in Montreal.”
PRODUCTS BY TSHU
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