The Creation of the Charlotte di Vita Collections™

Charlotte di Vita launched the first collection of hand-painted and handcrafted miniature enamels in May 1998 into a buoyant UK collectibles market to instant success. Today, the Charlotte di Vita Collections™ is recognised internationally as a leading collectibles brand.

Today there are 156 designs in the Charlotte di Vita Collections™ and their continued popularity ensures secure employment and fair working conditions for the Chinese craftspeople, as well as providing a national platform for Charlotte di Vita's ethical trading ethos.

In October 1998, Charlotte di Vita was invested as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Charlotte in turn presented Her Majesty with one of the first miniature enamel teapots. Charlotte comments that, "The MBE has brought international recognition to our work, bringing Trade plus AidŽ to the attention of a far wider public."

To date, Charlotte's ethical trading initiatives have not only been able to return over US$5,000,000 to the producer communities to pay for their handicrafts, including these talented Chinese enamelers, but has also raised over US$369,500 to initiate charitable projects to assist underprivileged communities in Asia and Africa.

The Charlotte di Vita Collections™ brand name is now recognised in the giftware trade as the market leader in miniature enamel collectable teapots.

The Collections are distributed around the world by W. Goebel Pozellanfabrik, one of the world's most respected and well-established collectibles companies. And following a very successful initial year, in 2002, Goebel agreed a new four-year licensing contract that guarantees a minimum annual licensing fee of US$325,000, a total of US$1.3 million. This means that Charlotte can continue to develop additional income generating design and manufacturing projects and make donations to Trade plus AidŽ for the design and implementation of sustainable charitable programmes.

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Van Gogh's 'Valley, Saint-Remy' from the Famous Paintings Collection