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Our Story

East Meets West

Welcome to Latelita, where the charm of seaside Portsmouth melds with the mystique of Istanbul to create exquisite pieces of jewellery. Our brand was born out of a shared passion for design and craftsmanship by partners & designers, Lee Paynter and Alpay Turfan. With Lee's British roots offering a keen eye for detail and elegant simplicity, and Alpay's Istanbul background infusing rich cultural heritage and vibrant aesthetics, Latelita is a harmony of two distinct worlds. We invite you to explore our collections, meticulously crafted to celebrate the beauty of diversity and the allure of unity in each unique piece.

Fighting For A Better World

At Latelita, we're more than just a jewellery brand. As an LGBTQIA+ owned business, we understand the importance of representation, diversity, and inclusivity. Our founders, Lee Paynter and Alpay Turfan, have always been vocal advocates for equal rights and have made it their mission to use Latelita as a platform for positive change. Over the years, we've proudly supported numerous charities through the sale of our jewellery. From fighting for equal rights for all, to providing resources and support for victims of domestic abuse, we believe in using our craft to make a tangible difference in the world. When you choose Latelita, you're not only purchasing a beautiful piece of jewellery, but also contributing to a cause that strives to create a safer, more inclusive world for everyone.

Quality Over Mass-produced

Latelita takes pride in being an independent, family-run business. Unlike mass-produced jewellery brands, we prioritize quality over quantity and personal touch over industrial production. Each piece is meticulously crafted with love, care, and a deep understanding of the artistry that goes into creating unique jewellery. As a family-run entity, we are deeply invested in ensuring customer satisfaction and maintaining our reputation for excellence. Every decision at Latelita is made with our customers' best interests at heart - from sourcing the finest materials to designing pieces that capture the spirit of individuality and elegance. With us, you're not just a customer, but a valued member of the Latelita family.

A Brand That Values & Respects Our Planet

At Latelita, we believe that luxury and sustainability can coexist beautifully. We're committed to reducing our carbon footprint and promoting environmentally friendly practices throughout our operations. From our packaging to our products, every aspect of our business is designed with sustainability in mind. Our packaging is fully recyclable and FSC certified, ensuring it comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. In our jewellery, we use 100% recycled sterling silver, significantly reducing our environmental impact. We also partner with couriers who offset their carbon emissions, further contributing to our green initiatives. Moreover, we prioritize ethical sourcing, using only gemstones that are obtained in a responsible and sustainable manner. When you choose Latelita, you're not only investing in high-quality, elegant jewellery, but also supporting a brand that values and respects our planet.

Artisanal Jewellery Made With Love  

We take pride in working with the finest artisans and gem cutters, which gives us the unique advantage of being able to conceptualize, design, and handcraft iconic pieces within our atelier. Whether you're seeking to make a statement with our conversation pieces or searching for the perfect gift, Latelita is your one-stop destination. We're excited to virtually welcome you to the world of Latelita.

From our unwavering commitment to design integrity, to our online atelier and our acclaimed 5-star customer service, we've made no compromises. We sincerely hope that this will entice you to keep returning to our store, where more fabulousness awaits you.