who I am

I’m Janet McKean, a 25+ year gift industry veteran. This business is new but I am not new to the business. I’ve got a solid reputation as a sales representative and consultant who grows small businesses into bigger ones.

Finding and sharing new products with stores to growing wholesale and retail businesses is both my strength and my passion. My experience and vision enable me to understand artists’ needs, retailer’s business goals and customer tastes. I love being available and hands on because I truly believe nurturing relationships is good business for everyone.

I worked for large department stores, specialty boutiques and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago before launching my first independent venture in 1993. Found Objects evolved into a firm that mixed representation, distribution and licensing, with product development and consultation for museum stores. Clients included Magnetic Poetry®, the Zen Board, davistudio, Scary Stories, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MassMoca, LAMOCA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Jenny Holzer.

In 2005, I dissolved my business and closed Found Objects. I continued to consult with museums and artists on a limited basis until 2011 when I reentered the industry with LOST & FOUND, focusing on representation and consultation.

If you have a new business that you would like to grow I would love to talk with you about working together.

what is LOST & FOUND

LOST & FOUND is a boutique company representing a handful of carefully curated artists, designers and manufacturers of well-designed gifts to museum stores, galleries, gift shops, catalogs and online stores. We bring trend-setting products from the design studio to the marketplace.


Currently representing: davistudio, Karma Calendar, Happenstance Creations, mckean + company, Stella Neptune, WINTERTIME.


You will find me at NY: NOW at the Javits Center in January and August each year.

Booth 7656 in the Lifestyle Collection

August: Sunday the 17th – Wednesday the 20th




Happenstance Creations


Kaleideograph Toy

Karma Calendar

mckean + company

Red Hen

Reed Seifer

Stella Neptune

Winter Design Group




Please feel free to email me

Janet McKean