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About Us

Las Alba was created by two sisters with very different backgrounds but a passion for helping others.  Johanny is a Fashion Photographer and Fashion Designer who developed an interest in human behavior and obtained degrees in Forensic Psychology and Special Early Childhood Education. Angelina is a Nurse who has been in the Navy for 16 years.  Their bifurcated careers merged when Johanny asked Angelina for one of her old uniforms to make a bag, from there, the idea organically came into vision, “Why not take these uniforms, which often are thrown, away or shredded and give something back to the people that served and sweat in them and their families.”

Their artisanal handbags are made in all repurposed military uniforms or in all leather or/and repurposed military uniforms & leather in Tuscany, Italy and New Jersey, USA.  

Mission:  Our mission is to create beautiful repurpose bags with military uniforms and leather and provide scholarships to low-income students interested in studying and/or doing research on mental health including PTSD to help veterans and their families.

Vision: To help decrease the number of veterans that take their lives by working with the families and veterans as a unit.

This year we wanted to extend our help to fashion students from High School of Fashion Industries as I am an alumni of the class of 1992.  I had chosen Ms. Brenda Lee Rojas Honors Senior class of 2022 for the development of garments that will complement the label’s vision. The idea is to provide fashion students the opportunity to gain career and technical industry experience in constructing garments using upcycling materials. As a token of  appreciation Las Alba Inc. would like to sponsor each student who created a garment with a scholarship. The garments will be featured in Dominican Republic Fashion week as well Middletown New York Fashion Day along with our hand bags.


The uniforms used in our production come from donations from family members and friends.  We would like to give special thanks to the Humble and Roberts Family and the BPC Clothing Ministry  for  their donations and for  believing in our mission.

Our Team

Jose Hidalgo Designer &  Mechanical Engineer USA

Tania Lucchesi Designer & Manufacturer Italy

Rafaelle Cerullo Designer & Manufacturer Italy
Ara Melkonian Designer & Manufacturer USA

Paola Rodriguez Alba Visual Artist & Architect Dominican Republic

  Juan Zenteno Designer & Manufacture USA

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