I’m Francesca Kennedy, the founder of Ix Style. We are a socially conscious fashion company that donates 15% of our profits to provide clean drinking water to children in Guatemala where my family is originally from.
Ix (pronounced “eye ex”) is a charitable fashion company that sells beautiful, bright Mayan huarache sandals, handbags, scarves/pareos and jewelry made by artisans in Guatemala. Ix is the Mayan word for water. For every purchase, we donate to provide clean drinking water to children in Guatemala where my family is originally from.
I was inspired to help after seeing the once-pristine Lake Atitlán that I was baptized in and swam in as a child overrun with blue green algae in 2009 and a new generation of Guatemalan children collecting the contaminated water to drink. NASA called it one of the worst natural disasters to occur in our lifetime as you could see the contamination from space.
Please watch this video that The Gap shot for their One Stitch Closer Campaign for Women’s International Day that highlights our water mission in Guatemala. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSS2bVnEOug
Press + Accolades
The founder of Ix Style, Francesca Kennedy, was featured on and won Project Runway: Fashion Startup. As a result, Rebecca Minkoff is a partner in Ix Style.
Inc. Magazine named Francesca Top 27 Women Business Leaders Changing The World In 2017.
People En Espanol named Francesca 25 Most Powerful Latinas of 2018.
Ix Style has designed exclusive collections for Richard Branson and Gwyneth Paltrow for Goop, J.Crew, Gap and Anthropologie.
Francesca is working on a coffee table book and short documentary with famed photographer Steve McCurry who shot the the prolific Afghan girl National Geographic cover about the vanishing culture of the Mayan artisans who make our products, their stories and their inspirations.
TED talk (Finding Hope in Murky Water) about our mission.
Every year Ix Style host a variety of influencers, editors, and celebs to join us on our water filter donation drop offs and to meet to Mayan artisans that make our products and paint local homes.
This year we hosted Jamie Chung, Serinda Swan, Ruthie Lindsey, Amanda Hearst, Mia Moretti + Margot of The Dolls, Valentina Ferragani, Steve McCurry (photographer who shot the National Geographic cover of the Afghan girl and green eyes) + RYOT producers for a film project we are working on (they have 2 Oscar noms for their short docs).
Some of the videos and photos from our last trip are on our Instagram.
Inspiration For My Company Ix Style:
In 2009, Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, which once was considered the 8th world wonder almost died.
This lake is where my grandparents lived, where I was baptized and my second home. All of my family still lives in Guatemala.
Overnight, toxic blue green algae covered almost every inch of the lake.
NASA called it one of the worst natural disasters to occur in our lifetime as you could see the contamination from space.
I saw little girls collecting the contaminated water to drink and I was inspired to help.
Ix Style was born.
Watch The Gap’s Video About Ix Style: Work With Mayan Artisans + Providing Clean Drinking Water To Children
What Is Ix Style?
Ix is the Mayan word for water.
Ix (pronounced “eye ex”) is a charitable fashion company that sells sandals and bags made by Mayan artisans in Guatemala where my family is originally from.
15% of our profit provides water filters to children around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Ix Style started as a simple idea to help one woman artisan in Guatemala and has morphed into working with over 1,000 women weavers around Lake Atitlan.
We have donated water filters to help over 10,000 people in the region.
We are now accepting applications from remote interns as well.
Come be a part of this exciting start up and fun team!