I.X. Style – Huarache Sandals Making a Difference!

When I first heard Francesca Kennedy’s story of why she started her company I.X. Style I was immediately inspired I knew I wanted to help in some way! I.X. Style Huarache Sandals are making a difference in the lives of Guatemalan families all because Francesca noticed a problem and found a way to help the place she loves so much!

I.X. Style - Huarache Sandals Making a Difference!

I.X. StyleΒ is a charitable fashion company created because the lake Francesca was baptized in and played in as a child had become contaminated with blue algae. The sight of young children collecting this dirty water to use was something Francesca could not let go on… so she did something about it!

No tells the story better then Francesca herself, this is a video she made with The Gap – One Stitch Closer Campaign. Through this opportunity The Gap donated $10,000 to the non-profit responsible for getting the clean water filters in the areas affected!

I.X. Style - Huarache Sandals Making a Difference!

Francesca is so empowering, when I asked her about her experience thus far her response was “this will take more than my lifetime to complete, but I will not stop until all of Guatemala has clean water in every home and school!” And she’s doing just that! Francesca is a one woman show with the help of her amazing interns but she keeps pushing, opening more doors of opportunity to get all the help she can! She took her story and appeared on Project Runway Fashion Startup – and was able to get 3 of the designers/entrepreneurs to invest in her company.

Her struggles were not limited to gaining the trust of the artisans but they also speak more than 20+ different dialects around Lake Atitlan, she’s made countless trips to learn all she could with translators by her side in order to create these amazing sandals and handbags.

This Easter holiday Francesca will be traveling with world famous photojournalistΒ Steve McCurry to capture the stories of some of the Mayan women artisans that she works with and will be sharing their stories in an exclusive book! This is just another way that she is giving back to her community.

How can we help?

With every purchase from I.X. Style – 15 % is given back to the cause. There are designs from the classic Huarache sandals, to the gladiator and ankle strap look!Β Francesca is also 1 of 30 finalist in the Tory Burch Competition where she could win $100,000 and be mentored by Tory Burch world renowned fashion designer, philanthropist and business women! Tory Burch created this opportunity to empower women entrepreneurs to reach their goals and Francesca needs our votes! Here’s how to vote! Click here and it will take you to the page, just enter your email and vote…. and you can come back and vote each day until April 4th!


“If I win, I will donate 15% of the money to my favorite Guatemalan causes!
Half will go to FUNSEPA to buy computers with the Khan Academy.
I’m FUNSEPA’s 2017 Hero of Education.
The other half will go to buy water filters from Ecofiltro.
We will provide the filters + computers to communities around Lake Atitlan!”

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Francesca reminds us all that going with your heart and doing something that will change the world is truly possible!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow, this is really cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. mystyle5 says:

    This is so great, amazing initiative! And I had no idea about it, so thanks for writing this article!

  3. Dina says:

    This is so amazing and inspiring – love female business owners & leaders who make a difference!

  4. PishtoPosh says:

    Thank you for sharing- I pinned it to my Spring Summer Board!!

  5. Liz says:

    That’s so awesome! What an amazing story. Sometimes I look at women like her and think to myself “why wasn’t I born with a brilliant mind like her?” She’s just an incredible person!

    1. meximoments@yahoo.com says:

      Yes Liz, she is an amazing person! What’s so interesting is that she was a finance major with no interest in fashion design, She just saw a problem and created a solution! Pretty Incredible!

  6. Ola Broom says:

    What an outstanding initiative. I certainly hope that Francesca is able to get the support necessary to get the habitants of her village clean water. These shoes are quite adorable, and classic so I think many people will like them like I do.

    1. meximoments@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much! Please take a moment and Vote! πŸ™‚

  7. Andrea Broom says:

    this is really interesting, i didnt know they were called huarache sandals, i’ve seen them had no idea. I love supporting women business!

  8. This is such an amazing story. She’s so inspiring.

  9. Anosa says:

    I am inspired by you. Thanks for that wonderful initiative. Let’s step for a change!

  10. I love reading about women who make a difference and run businesses. These sandals are so cute.

  11. Janine Good says:

    The shoes are beautiful and it’s great that they make a difference πŸ™‚

  12. Dayna Reyna says:

    Wow these shoes are so gorgeous! Love this great cause! xo Dayna // http://daysbyday.com/

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