Born in Chicago, the city of House music, V-MODA CEO Val Kolton developed an interest in technology, music and design at a very early age. In elementary school he was already programming, and learning to play several musical instruments, from drums to guitar. He explored new music and new technologies, seeing them not only as potential professions, but also as parts of culture and a particular lifestyle.
V-MODA is the direct result of an intuition that came to Val after a summer in Ibiza, where he experienced the world’s greatest DJs and clubs, and the unique vibe of the White Isle. He wanted to somehow capture this contemporary culture, combining the love of great sound with a globe-trotting lifestyle driven by a need for music, fashion and art. Back in Los Angeles, one day Val found himself on Rodeo Drive, watching a woman step out of her Rolls Royce, dressed to kill in total haute couture. There was just one thing that ruined her perfect image: a set of cheap white plastic headphones. This was back in 2002. Kolton suddenly realized how to put his obsessions together – he would make stylish headphones with great sound, worthy of the most demanding audiophile, using metal instead of plastic to create the missing link, with a true fashion/lifestyle brand centered around music.