Xibany believes in the principles of sharing beauty through design and action.
We proudly developed our 'One X All' program in 2015 as a commitment to our principles of empowerment and education. Over the years, Xibany has helped hundreds indigenous Lenca families and hundreds of impoverished children by donating to their education.
Nearly 70% of children drop-out of school before 5th Grade, even with nearly 97% of all children in Central America enrolling in elementary school.
Children are required to wear mandatory school uniforms, even in public school, and with families living below the poverty line, sometimes their only option is to drop-out.
At the beginning of every new school year, Xibany hosts an event celebrating education, inviting families of at-risk public schools and gives away hundreds of pairs every year.
THE MOST COLORFUL BLACK SHOE, YOU CAN'T BUY, BUT YOU CAN GIVE
Fused with a specially made Xibany 'Black' cotton, these are the most colorful black shoes you won't be able to buy. Each pair is made and donated with each purchase, we're happy to know we have helped hundreds of children continue their education.
XIBANY BLACKS are lightweight, comfortable, easy to clean, and most important of all durable. These shoes are handmade of the same material as every Xibany shoe. They are designed to withstand a more rugged daily use, while still being soft and durable on grass, gravel, and dirt, and compliant with their schools' dress-code. It is our way of bringing color more lives with a hope that it inspires them to one day bring color to others.
Every child between K-12 in Central America is required to wear black shoes with their school's uniform and understanding the hardships that some of these families face, we know that it is impossible for some children. Unfortunately, without them, they just won't be allowed to participate and is why so many of them drop-out before 5th grade.
XIBANY & THE LENCA
The Lenca are an indigenous people known for their stunning, eye-catching artisanal patterns handcrafted by their women. They remain a united culture residing in southwestern Central America; Honduras and El Salvador.
Our vision, when we approached the Lenca tribeswomen, was to share their traditional patterns to the world through our contemporary designs and applications; from shoes to apparel, and accessories.
The Lenca people have struggled to provide for their families through tradition in the modern world, and it is there where Xibany saw the opportunity to empower the Lenca women. After donating all the equipment, Xibany and the Lenca began production.
Today, we are proud that each Xibany product is handmade and woven exclusively by the Lenca tribe and helping in-part to revitalize their community.