Lost and Found is 'antique and vintage, but then again, it's not'
The Lost and Found shop, which will open the first Saturday and Sunday of every month beginning Nov. 2, isn’t your run-of-the-mill Wilton boutique. With everything from mid-century modern furniture to offerings refinished with what owner Donna Clarke calls a “shabby chic” style, the new business will offer the town a look into the rising aesthetics of vintage-inspired decor.
“It’s antique and vintage,” the owner said by phone last week, “but then again, it’s not. We’re twisting these things to be modern, too.”
The shop will premiere with a store launch event to take place on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 300 Danbury Road. Finger food and wine will be provided free of charge.
Ms. Clarke, a Wilton High graduate, and her husband, Andrew, said Lost and Found will be a weekend event sale for shoppers looking for eclectic and unique furnishings and decor.
“It’s an event,” Ms. Clarke said. “The most important thing is for people to sign up for our email list, because we’ll send out pictures of what is going to be in the store on upcoming weekends. We’re trying to make it something almost exclusive and fun. If you see something in the email and don’t go to the sale, it will probably be gone the next month.”
Lost and Found will offer a variety of furniture, including tables, chairs, lighting, and accessories with the Clarkes’ signature look.
The Clarkes said their monthly pop-up will bring an urban aesthetic to Fairfield County in a way that is both forward-looking and grounded in traditional style.
“My mother likes to say that we are making vintage modern,” Ms. Clarke said with a laugh. “Or that we’re making old things new. I don’t think we fit a mold, really. We want to have everything from a shabby chic style to super modern to goth. But at the same time, we are definitely going to appeal to everyone.”
Nevertheless, as designers, the couple knows their own personal styles cannot dominate their offerings.
“We like the style of shops in Brooklyn like A&G Merch, and BKLYN Curated, but because we’re in Connecticut we have to make it more appealing to our area,” Ms. Clarke said. “As designers, we respect the style and aesthetic of the client. We will always have a well-rounded selection of styles at Lost and Found.”
They also expect to source many products, materials and fabrication services from local vendors. Ms. Clarke and her husband expect to soon begin reaching out to form relationships with area artisans whose products they believe fit the style of Lost and Found.
The young couple moved to Wilton four years ago while expecting their first child. Ms. Clarke’s father is an area contractor, giving the pair access to his extensive design shop.
Both have a strong background in graphic and physical design. Ms. Clarke has designed for such labels as Old Navy and Jones New York, and Mr. Clarke is a regular window and retail installation designer and fabricator for Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren, among others.
“We met in New York City when we both lived in Brooklyn,” Ms. Clarke said. “We were both working at Polo, for Ralph Lauren, but we were doing two totally different things. We always had similar interests and we have always been in similar fields.”
Starting a small business is not new to the young family, as Mr. Clarke “is himself a business,” Ms. Clarke said, but Lost and Found is still an exciting prospect for the Wiltonians.
“We have always dreamed about opening a store,” she said. “We’ve always been collecting things, but we never knew for what. Eventually it all fell together in this space. Once a month allows me to still be a mom, and still work on developing the shop inventory slowly. And it allows Andrew to still work.”
Lost and Found is at 300 Danbury Road and is open on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. The store launch event will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m.