Valas Los Angeles launched in 2012 with the intention of building beauty out of the turmoil that life sometimes brings. Having lost her father as a child and a dear friend in 2010, Karina Salmeron set out to make sense of it all through artwork that came off of the canvas and turned into beautiful, one of a kind accessories and shoes.
With a light military influence, as Karina’s father was a soldier in his home country of Nicaragua, and a mind for modern functionality, Valas Los Angeles came to life with the help of her brother, Kenny Villagra, starting with the signature Voyager backpack.
Not only does Valas Los Angeles use handpicked leathers from Italian tanneries, but every last detail on their shoes and bags are attended to, from top of the line Riri zippers on the bags to custom polka dot shoe soles. The quintessential shapes that Karina has created through their pieces are instantly recognizable and utilitarian by nature. Worn by tastemakers and influencers alike, taking them wherever they want to go.