01. What is your name and what do you do?

My name is Justin Veiga and I co-own lost&found with Jonathan Elias and teach in the mathematics department at Chaminade College School.

"I’ve always wanted a career that contributes to the improvement of my community and I feel that teaching young people is one of the most genuine and effective ways for me to achieve this."

- Justin Veiga

02. What made you decide to do this?

I’ve always wanted a career that contributes to the improvement of my community and I feel that teaching young people is one of the most genuine and effective ways for me to achieve this. When it came to LF, I was at a point in my life where I was craving a creative outlet beyond my school community. So, when an opportunity came along to do something different in the Toronto retail scene and work along side my best friend from childhood… well, I was all in!

03. What is lost&found?

LF is a men’s clothing boutique and coffee shop in the West Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto. We carry brands that focus on creating well-made garbs and accessories – brands that have, or pay homage to, iconic roots that have stood the test of time. When someone walks into our shop, we want them to feel like they are visiting a warm, friendly and inclusive home away from home.

04. At what point did you realize you chose the right path?

Originally, we were located at Dundas and Dovercourt. When our lease was up, we moved to our current location at 44 Ossington. It was a difficult decision because we had invested so much time and effort into our first location. Even though it was just a couple of blocks away, we were worried that we may be starting from scratch all over again. However, soon after re-opening, our Dundas fam started showing up, as did new ones, and that’s when I knew that we were onto something special.

05. What does Toronto mean to you?

Toronto means a lot of things to me. Toronto means FAMILY because just like my parents, siblings and friends, it has had a huge impact on my development and who I am today. Toronto means OPPORTUNITY because the seeds of achieving your potential are more accessible here than in many other places. Toronto means HOPE because it is one of the most diverse and culturally integrated places in the world. If we can find a way to thrive as a collective here, then that gives me faith that our global community can do it too.

06. What advice can you give to young Torontonians?

1) Develop and master basic life skills that are valuable in any work/life situation, including respect for yourself/others, healthy communication and punctuality. 2) Nobody owes you anything, so start with that premise today and grow your dream from there. 3) Be appreciative and take advantage of all the opportunities that Toronto has to offer.

Visit Lost & Found at 44 Ossington Ave. or check out www.shoplostfound.com.