While there are tons of notable high fashion brands, there’s something special about finding a brand that has an inspiring story and genuine products.
Valas Los Angeles is just that and more. Created in 2012 with the intention of building beauty out of turmoil, Karina Salmeron set out to make sense of some significant life changes. She did this through artwork that turned into beautiful one of a kind accessories for men and woman.
Karina’s father was a soldier in their home country of Nicaragua, so with a light military influence, a mind for modern functionality, Karina partnered with her youngest brother Kenneth Villagra and Valas Los Angeles came to life.
It all started with the signature Voyager Backpack.
Valas is not only unique in style but they also have deep values they hold close. The brother and sister truly believe they are living their “American Dream” so while they are living theirs, they strive to help others live theirs.
The company also is very passionate about working with charities to make a difference in their community. A few of the organizations they work with are Achievement Centers for Children & Families, Amigos De Nicaragua, and Casa OC.
Most of their products are made locally in Los Angeles. They handpick their leathers and are meticulous about every detail. From the zippers on the bags to the custom, polka dot shoe soles Karina has created quintessential shapes that are instantly recognizable yet utilitarian in nature.
Valas Los Angeles is well known amongst high-fashion elite as well as some of your favorite influencers and celebs.
Hailey Bieber – with the Rockefeller
Gabrielle Union – with the Freeda Bag
Victor Olidipo – with the Voyager
Kylie Jenner – with the Bianca Boots
We asked both Karina and Kenny what their personal favorite Valas products are, here’s what they had to say.
Karina – “For men, The Voyager because it’s the “DNA” of the brand and for women, I’d have to say the Little Clara!”
Kenny – “Champion Bag because it reminds me of my family! The bag was inspired by me and our other brother Jorge’s tireless hours of wrestling in the ’90s, which were Karina’s babysitting nightmares. ”
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2019 is set to be a big year for Valas Los Angeles. The company is trying something new where each month they will be doing merch drops. They’ve told us that once the product from the drop is gone, it’s gone. So stay tuned, you’re not going to want to miss what they have coming.
Check out a few of our favorite Valas pieces below –
You know we love to taking care of our readers, so we’ve teamed up with Valas Los Angeles to gift one lucky reader their very own Voyager Bag! Head over to our IG @Trendallday for details on how to enter.