About Us

TSHU?

TSHU is an elegant and committed handkerchief. Ethically made in Montreal (Canada), the TSHU handkerchiefs boast unique, bold, colourful designs and a distinctive shape, to make a gesture for the environment – in style! Each hanky is handprinted with silkscreen and hand sown by our skilled seamstresses before being embroidered with our brand – a seal of elegance and commitment – and having its corner neatly folded and sown into place.

Our soft cotton handkerchiefs come in single or double ply, for more absorbency. TSHU offers a stylish yet practical solution to your everyday needs. We believe that having a handkerchief on you at all times will help reduce your ecological footprint. Next time your reach for a paper-tissue or your sleeve to wipe your nose, forehead, hands or tears – just imagine you could be pulling out a bold, colourful, soft and durable pink handkerchief with skulls and make a statement for the environment.

Still not convinced? Read our TSHU Stories to learn how Raphael, Pascale, Ysabelle and many more have converted and never looked back!

Our Commitment

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Every year, over 3 billion kilos of paper tissues are used – and disposed of. That’s the equivalent of 70 million trees. To adopt TSHU is to reduce your ecological footprint with style. And, to reinforce the ecological impact from your actions, we commit to planting one tree for each adopted handkerchief.

All our trees are planted in Ethiopia, thanks to the WeForest Foundation.

one tree planted for each handkerchief sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Story

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Summer 2013, Marion and Thomas travel to Europe to introduce their son to the family abroad and come home with an unusual legacy: Tonton Robert’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 start dreaming… Of handkerchiefs, of consumption, of the environment, of the desire to create new with the old. Finally, a vision takes form.

What would happen if the handkerchief had a unique shape? If it was modern, distinctive, even funky? What if a tree could be planted for each handkerchief sold? What if the handkerchief could become a fashion accessory capable of making a difference?

TSHU was born.

Meet Our Team

Marion Poirier

Co-Founder and CEO

Creative, passionate and determined, whenever Marion has a new mission, she immediately dives into that new universe and makes it her own. No matter how unlikely the project or ambitious the strategy, no task is too daunting and she tackles everything she handles with contagious enthusiasm. In the past, Marion has managed cultural organizations, worked in communications, has coordinated big and small events as well as been part of teams which have launched large scale projects.

Thomas Geissmann

Co-Founder

Father, step-father, lover, retired lawyer and entrepreneur—a man of many facets. He is co-founder of TSHU, the company that has put handkerchiefs back on the map. A proponent of good sportsmanship, Thomas loves winning equally as he hates losing. With extensive leadership experience, Thomas has built powerful teams, generated financing rounds of over $10 million and secured important partnerships in three continents.

Our Awards

Fondation de l'entrepreneurship

Mission France 2016

Selected to participate in sponsored Mission to France with 12 other entrepreneurs (2016)

Prix estim gala finaliste

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Finalist, démarrage d’entreprise, Gala des prix Estim, Chambre de commerce de l’est de Montréal (2015)

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LORI.biz

Winner of the Entreprendre comme un “As” de la vente Contest (2015)

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Claudine & Stephen Bronfman Foundation

Winner of the Claudine & Stephen Family Foundation’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Contest for C2MTL (2014) … More Info

Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest

First prize – Commerce, Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest, Eastern District of Montreal (2014) … More Info

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ESG UQAM

Winner of the Cooperative Prize for the Mon entreprise Contest, ESG UQAM (2014) … More Info

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CDEC Rosemont Petite-Patrie

Winner of the CDEC Rosemont Petite-Patrie’s Entrepreneurs en action! Contest (2014) … More Info

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HEC Montréal

Award of excellence and grant, Salon des entrepreneurs, HEC Montréal (2013) … More Info

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