Welcome to the Stockist Spotlight! The Tartan Blanket Co. is proud to be an online shop, but we are also very proud to see our beautiful blankets and scarves featured in stores that embody our Colsie brand. Each month, we’ll focus on one of our stockists and give you a little bit of insight into their store.
This month, we talked to Cigale & Fourmi, a retailer specializing in amazing details for gardens, greenhouses, beaches and balconies from Hanko, Finland.
Tell us about your business!
Cigale & Fourmi is a beach and garden design shop that opened in Spring 2018. We carry classical and contemporary pots and plants, outdoor furniture and other useful, stylish items for the home, garden and beach life. Our hand-picked product range is all about quality, elegance and having fun. We favour ecologically sustainable products made with pride and respect for local craftsmanship traditions.
We love our customers all over the world! Where are you located?
Our shop is located in Hanko, a beach town in the South of Finland. Our warehouse in Espoo can be visited upon request and our shop in Hanko is open from May to September. During the Winter months, we search for new products and sell online.
What does your typical customer look like?
We naturally have a broad variation of clients visiting the shop. Our typical customer is someone that is curious, ecologically conscious and wants to buy long lasting products that are both useful and beautifully designed.
What is the story behind your store’s name?
The name Cigale & Fourmi /si.gal e fuʁ.mi/ is French and comes from Aesop's Fable about the Grasshopper and the Ant. The Grasshopper is laid-back, social and likes leisure, while the Ant is a hard worker.
We all have a Grasshopper and an Ant inside of us. That is, we all need a good work-life balance for our well being. An ecological, green lifestyle, an aesthetically pleasing environment and a fun and happy life are important factors for a good life. This is the philosophy we have in mind when choosing products in our shop.
What inspires you? And how have you carried that over into your store?
Nature, tradition, design and colour inspires us. This can be seen in the hand picked selection of products in our store. We choose products that are made of traditional and natural materials, such as wood and metal, that are beautifully designed with local craftsmanship and that brings us back to childhood memories.
TBCo. embodies “Colsie” (pronounced kol-zee), the Old Scots word for cosy. Colsie is all about the habit of embracing winter darkness and finding comfort and warmth in life’s simple pleasures. What does your perfect colsie day look like?
A perfect colsie day starts with a long walk along the beach and continues with a cup of coffee in the garden wrapped up in a warm woolen blanket.
Last but not least, how do we find you?
Our shop is on Appelgrenintie 10 in Hanko, Finland from May to September. Our warehouse in Espoo remains open all year round upon request, otherwise you can find us at www.cigalefourmi.com and on Instagram and Facebook @cigalefourmishop.
Check back next month to see if we feature a stockist in your area! And don't forget to visit Cigale & Fourmi online or on social media. And if you're interested in becoming a Stockist for TBCo., visit our Wholesale website now!