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Lost & Found (Dundas West)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on February 26, 2011

lost and found dundas westLost & Found is one boutique retailer where you won't feel guilty sipping your coffee as you peruse the merchandise. I know I've more than once felt the glare of storeowners as I drink my coffee and run my hands along their clothes. But at Lost & Found, they not only invite it--they actually encourage it.

lost and found torontoThe 2-month-old shop in Little Portugal on Dundas west of Ossington is part clothing boutique and part espresso bar.

lost and found torontoThey offer americanos, lattes, macchiatos and other coffee drinks (tea coming soon) made with cult-favourite Metropolis coffee, a small, fair-trade business operating out of Chicago.

lost and found dundas west"Anytime I'm shopping I like to have a coffee with me," co-owner Jonathan Elias tells me. Elias has been in fashion for over seven years, previously working as a merchandiser for The Gap in San Francisco, as well as on his own clothing label.

coffee clothes dundas west"It just makes the atmosphere warmer, more relaxed," adds Zai Rajkotwala, another co-owner who studied fashion in England and previously managed The Paper Bag Princess. The third partner, Justin Veiga, is a teacher by day and handles the coffee end of the business.

lost and found dundas westVeiga and Elias discovered the spot (formerly home to The Nutritionista) in Little Portugal while they were biking along Dundas. They loved the exposed brick wall and felt the area was up and coming, so they showed the space to Rajkotwala. "I was wavering," she tells me. "But then when we were outside, I saw a sign--literally, a sign in the window above the space--that said 'You Already Know.' It sounds silly, but I knew we had to get it." A resident in the area is known for putting up three-word poems around the city.

lost and found dundas westThe merchandise at Lost & Found is all about handmade, clean lines, and locally or U.S.-made. Among the lines they carry are Creatures of Comfort and In God We Trust.

lost and found torontoFor men, Lost & Found carries Wolf vs. Goat dress shirts (around $175), which Rajkotwala says come in "before dinner" and "after dinner" styles. Hanging across from the espresso machine are leather and canvas MAKR Carry Goods bags ranging from $135 to $175.

lost and found torontoLost & Found also has Levi's for men and women and is expecting shoes for spring and summer from Oak Street Bootmakers, which are handcrafted in the States. Designs by Toronto's Erin Kleinberg is a more recent addition.

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Photos by Jesse Korgemaa

Discussion

18 Comments

Steve / February 27, 2011 at 02:29 pm
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how much do they charge for the 5 dollar blank Uniqlo T's??
Kim / February 27, 2011 at 05:09 pm
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Try their lattes. They're delicious.
Brandon / February 28, 2011 at 09:48 am
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How do they have the right to sell UNIQLO stuff? I could have sworn that UNIQLO was trying to keep it all at one store since they closed a bunch down a few years ago on the east coast? Weird.
Guy replying to a comment from Brandon / February 28, 2011 at 02:37 pm
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I can't speak for this store but I do know of some others in Toronto selling brands they buy at retail that aren't available in Canada, then mark up.
sezme / February 28, 2011 at 04:55 pm
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Well good for them. If they're popular enough, maybe Uniqlo will finally open a Canadian flagship store here.
Nick / March 1, 2011 at 01:08 pm
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Uniqlo has two North American stores, both of which are in New York. Never at any point have they had locations elsewhere in USA or Canada. And to my knowledge, they definitely do not sell to outside vendors. Just like you'd never see GAP shirts selling at small boutiques.
Danielle / March 1, 2011 at 04:05 pm
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Amazing store + the owner is a dreamboat.
NORA / March 2, 2011 at 09:57 pm
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Love the store. Would love to visit it when we come to Toronto Kim...remind me :)
Ali / March 5, 2011 at 10:01 am
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Anyone know if they carry Uniqlo jeans as well?
Mimi / March 12, 2011 at 03:17 pm
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Read this post. Called Lost & Found to inquire about the UNIQLO imports. Found out that the only UNIQLO stuff they sell are actually just plain (black, white, navy) V-neck/Crew neck t-shirts. A bit disappointed but still anxious, I checked out the place last night! Obviously UNIQLO won't be as cheap as the actual retail stores in US/ASIA, so one UNIQLO shirt at L&F was $14.95. If you are smart like me, you will buy 2 for $25+tax because they offer that to you too. They are dry color t-shirts, it quickly dries perspiration for a constant dry feel.

This store carries a lot of other cool goods. There was a bracelet with spikes that caught my attention. It's $75, and for once, I think that bracelet is actually worth it. Check out this store, the quality of their clothes are legit although there is an odd smell in the store but I'm sure they're still working out the kinks.

Customer service was great, friendly guy, knew what he was talking about. Definitely will be coming back!
Adam / March 27, 2011 at 05:51 pm
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Finally got to check out the store today. Coffee was great. Selection of items not huge but the items they carry are all about attention to detail and good quality for the money you spend on it. Detail on the Oak St. boots and shoes is incredible. Will be back to get a pair for the summer. Johnathan and Justin were both friendly. Need more stores like this in Toronto.
Adam replying to a comment from Mimi / March 30, 2011 at 12:31 am
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The smell is probably coming from the couple who live upstairs and from what I've been told they cook, and the scent lingers. It smelled good when I was checking it out for my review at http://therisingtide.co
laptop / May 11, 2011 at 01:18 pm
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Good post, but it seems no longer relevant
peter searson / June 28, 2011 at 09:39 pm
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Great looking shop! We are now a part of it and very proud of this fact!

Best,
Pete Searson/Tony Patella
Tellason
Wendy / July 29, 2011 at 07:06 pm
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I am currently sitting in the store while typing this comment. I am on a 2 weeks business trips in Toronto and today, I went to pick up my rental car for the weekend. I was frustrated as I couldn't find parking anywhere, and the original internet cafe place that I found on my smartphone was closed. Accidentally, I drove by this tiny store called "Lost and Found" around Dundas and Dovercout. Finally, parked around the corner and rushed into the store.While surprised to find a clothing store that serves coffee as I stepped in the store, the store owner offerred me a nice cup of ice coffee and his friendly host made me free wonderful. The store owner was a merchandiser from San Francisco, and moved back to Toronto to open this small boutique of his own. His selection of clothes are truely unique and the awesome service that I experienced in this tiny store while I was lost in this strange city was truely a wonderful "lost and found" experience.
HAL 9000 / October 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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Despite being a fairly new boutique, Lost and Found is quite unique. The owners at Lost and Found actually care about the customers. I've been to the place a few times and its refreshing how friendly the staff are. They take time out of their hands to actually engage with the customers and build connections. The best part is that the prices are minimally marked up. I was looking for certain clothing items and they aren't marked up.
dave / January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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these guys and gal are the best. Seriously amazingly personable and the clothes, while not cheap, are made to last and made with care. you don't get stores like this anywhere. Definitely worth checking out.
ace loan / February 2, 2012 at 08:47 pm
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if you want, I'll write you articles. Copywriter looking for work

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