Via la Moda has a strict policy of using quality materials, sourced from only the best suppliers around the globe, and those who comply with the standards and regulations set in place to ensure ethical practice. Via La Moda is proud of the longstanding relationships built over many years.
Every skin tells a story of its own, and the craftsmen use their experience and skill to best accentuate the patterns, textures and tones of these individual pieces of leather. The skins are perfectly cut according to the size and pattern that suit each one best, and then crafted and stitched using techniques that have been refined and mastered over the years.
The skins are highly valued, prized commodities - hence the ingrained philosophy that the ultimate respect be shown to the material throughout the process. Every part of material is used to ensure minimal wastage.
As the final step in a long process, Via La Moda sees itself as a custodian of these precious hides and made it their calling to do justice to the material by implementing best practice all around.
In the accomplished hands of the craftsmen, Via La Moda pieces become genuine pieces of art.
Crocodile skin is regarded as one of the most luxurious.
Whilst the smoother belly cut is renowned as the most precious, Hornback is characterised by the raised, hard scales visible on the leather and require exceptional skill, as it is the most challenging to handle.
Via La Moda loves working with this leather, as it gives additional texture and character to the pieces.
Just as the human fingerprint is unique, so is the scale formation on each skin, and no two will ever be identical.
This prestigious leather has a vintage feel and when paired with modern designs, it makes an irresistible combination. As the markings are hard to replicate, pieces made out of genuine ostrich leather are equally regarded as precious luxury items.
Ostrich leather is sourced from the Southern Cape and Karoo regions in South Africa and is known to be one of the strongest leathers, whilst being the most supple.
It is distinct in its appearance and is charaterised by the raised quill patterns that are localised to the center of the hide. The pattern formed by the feather sockets gives this leather a unique, natural grain.
In the quest not to waste any valuable materials, the shin is also used.
This leather’s natural scales lend a beautiful pattern to the skin, resembling an almost reptilian look, giving pieces made with this leather a graphic allure.
The exquisite skin of a python is fine, yet at the same time extremely durable and lends itself to diverse applications.
These skins can be given a broad range of colours and finishes – from the natural diamond-shaped markings to hand-painted colour treated variations in glazed or matte.
Zebra and Springbok skins are used to create the Untamed range, which is a collection celebrating African glamour.
The designs of the creations are dictated by the patterns allowed by nature, with tones ranging between black and white and everything natural in between from the Zebra and the natural shades of browns and cream from the Springbok.
These skins offer great texture, creating the opportunity to make one of a kind, unique articles.