Growing up in Guatemala, young Francesca Kennedy was baptized in famed lake Lake Atitlan. On a visit back in 2010, she was horrified to find the lake contaminated beyond recognition, potentially harming hundreds of children who use it as a water source. Inspired by what she saw and motivated by TOM’s founder Blake Mycoskie’s seminal book, Start Something That Matters, Kennedy did just that: founding IX Style, a company that employees Guatemalan artisans to make gorgeous one-of-a-kind creations that benefit’s Guatamala’s neediest: women and children.
With a mission of providing clean drinking water to children and communities, IX Style sells beautiful, native guarache sandals and totes, that pay fair wages to local makers.
“By buying a pair, you help provide clean drinking water to children through water filtration systems and rain collection units. Each purchase makes a difference in freeing up time for kids. Children who normally would walk miles a day to collect water for their families can instead spend that time in school. Education is the single most effective way to break the cycle of poverty.”
Check out their awesome wares and make a difference while looking good!
How cute are these baby huaraches? $66, Ix-Style.com
We’re obsessed with this modern take on classic huaraches! $99, Ix-Style.com
This traditional tote made with Mayan fabric is a keepsake and is reversible. $375, Ix-Style.com
This tassle bracelet is perfect for layering! $16, Ix-Style.com