Lost Hunt Vintage

Thu, Nov 30, 2023

Meet Meagan, Lena & Carrie

In Her Shoes is back, and we're SO excited to feature our longtime supporters, CS connoisseurs and above all, friends, to see how they bring our shoes to life. Each month, we'll feature a new CS Bestie and take notes on their style philosophy to share with y'all. We hope you're as obsessed as we are with these incredible folks, bc without all of you, our shoes would just be shoes.

This month, Lost Hunt Vintage founders and longtime CS pals (@losthuntvintage) are telling us a bit about them selves and showing us all the ways they make Charlotte Stone Shoes their own ✨

We are such fans of Lost Hunt Vintage - Tell us, what its all about?

We are a rug shop! We specialize in re-worked Moroccan rugs and antique/vintage Persian rugs. Our shop is unique because we style each rug in our homes and really only source rugs we’d want in our special spaces, no duds here! We work together on all aspects of our business but have our specific roles too! Meag is our finance and spreadsheet angel, Lena is all in the details with our rugs, categorizing, writing descriptions and researching their origins, and my role is to kinda keep the ball rolling with collaborators, rug sourcing and website upkeep.

What was the inspiration behind starting your own brand?

Lena - The initial inspiration was going to estate sales together. We wanted a reason to continue to go hunt for treasures, so the logical solution was to start selling some of our finds.

Carrie - We started with furniture and other small household decor, then gravitated to clothes and then finally honed in on rugs.

Meagan - And we still go to estate sales together, but it’s almost better now since we don’t have to stress over the competition, and get to keep our special finds :)

How did you all meet?

Carrie and Lena met on a farm in the south of Portugal while doing a work-trade. We met Meag a few years later through mutual friends when she moved to Asheville and then moved in with Carrie.

What is (or was) one of your favorite vintage pieces you’ve found?

Lena - I have a vintage denim Wrangler chore coat that becomes my uniform as soon as temps dip below 70.

Carrie - I have a 60’s globe swag lamp that came from a very very strange estate sale in Atlanta, it’s one of my most prized possessions. 

Meagan - I found a Helen Frankenthaler lithograph rolled up in the corner of an estate sale– needless to say my mind was blown ! She’s framed and gets photographed a lot with the rugs :)

Do you regret letting go of anything you found and then sold?

Lena - A stunning soft yellow Italian jumpsuit that I found at a flea market in Rome. It fit me perfectly and I just didn’t fully consider that I might never find a piece like that again.

Carrie - There was a VERY cool pinky/purpley/sagey rug that looked stunning in my kitchen BUT it was 2 or 3 inches too large but I probably should have made that work in my house somewhere! 

Meagan - Ugh yes! I still think about the ones that got away, like this super unique chore coat that had green horse shoes printed all over. Also a really fun patterned Anne Cole one piece.

Who or what inspires or influences your styles?

Lena - I’d love to be as effortlessly cool as Jane Birkin. I appreciate the simplicity of her iconic 70’s style and I am continually seeking a perfect white tee and vintage denim.

Carrie - I really appreciate understated style, I'm not big on accessories or patterns. I love a comfortable well made pair of pants, a monochrome look is often what I go for. A statement shoe or jacket is about as adventurous as I get. 

Meagan - Traveling ! I love people watching and seeing what they are wearing. I also feel inspired style-wise when I go to a really unique, one-of-a-kind estate sale that has a curated closet full of insane clothing, especially love when there’s a bright funky piece, or a super worn in vintage t-shirt. I def gravitate towards pieces that are comfy and make me feel happy wearing them.

When we are not working, you’ll find us: 

Lena - Lately, working on house projects, which includes tiling, painting and refinishing. I love getting out in the mountains when I can, going to estate sales, and treating myself to little coffee outings.

Carrie - Doing a crossword puzzle, walking my doggies, running, having a day bev in the sun!

Meagan - Working at Harvest Records, traveling, baking, going to shows, soaking up the sunshine.

Do you have a style icon? Why are they your style icon? 

Lena - Zoe Kravitz in High Fidelity is just the perfect balance of so many aesthetics to me.

Carrie - My mom from the 80’s, she was an ICON, every outfit was just perfect.

Meagan - Fun style of 90’s Chloe Sevigny, classic style of Anna Karina, and def agree with Carrie on my mom’s style in the 70s !  


What are you all watching or reading or hobbying right now?

Lena - I recently finished reading My Brilliant Friend, and loved it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.

Carrie - I’m prioritizing women authors, I loved Tar Baby by Toni Morrison and can’t wait to read her other books.

Meagan - Pottery ! Just took my first class and I am OBSESSED now. I’m in the process of setting up my own home studio. Also been into books of poetry/essays by Ross Gay.

What is one thing about Lost Hunt that people might be surprised to find out?

Carrie - I think people are surprised that we take photos in three different houses, we see lots of comments like “your house is so beautiful” when really it is each of our homes. We should each do a cribs tour.

Meagan - Honestly, any time a sale comes in, we text each other right away “Omg yay !” Somehow even after 6 years of Lost Hunt, I’m still so blown away with all the support and love, and can’t believe we get to do this as a full-time job!

Do you have a favorite quote or words to live by?
Carrie - Yes actually! I didn’t want to go to college or take the SAT and my dad said “it doesn’t matter if you fail or do poorly, all you have to do is show up for the test and take it.” I have found that to be true... if you just show up something will/can happen. So whether it’s a (probably) shitty tinder date or the gym, or anything really, just show up!
Lena - I had a friend who once told me to, “let it be good,” and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s a soft reminder to find the silver linings even when everything feels like shit.
Meagan - I remember seeing photos from some of Jenny Holzer’s marquee installations and one of the quotes stayed with me “It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender”.
Anything else you'd like us to know?

Carrie - We are so grateful we get to do Lost Hunt as a job, it's so fun. We love collaborating with amazing brands like Charlotte Stone, engaging with our customers on a personal level is also just such a great part of the job.

Meagan - We absolutely love seeing rugs from our shop become a part of people’s homes, it’s such a sweet thing!