We had the good fortune of connecting with Deyanira Galvan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deyanira, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
Accesorios Ixchel’s legacy is to be known as a customer-focused, high-quality, customized jewelry business that pays homage to Latin culture. Each item is crafted with care, love, and positive energy. As the owner of Accesorios Ixchel I want my customers to know that I work hard to make their vision come true. I want to be remembered as a hard-worker, a go-getter. I started this business with literally $20 , and taught myself how to make jewelry . Nothing is impossible if you have the courage to take risks and learn along the way. I’d like to be remembered as someone who inspired the young Latina community to never settle and follow their dreams. To be creative , motivated , and educated , but above all else to be their own boss.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Accesorios Ixchel is strongly influenced by latin culture and all its vibrant colors. One of the designs Accesorios Ixchel is known for is the “Ojo” collection. “Ojo” or “Evil Eye” is a superstition that is known throughout latin culture and other cultures around the world. It is said to bring protection to the wearer by warding off other people’s bad energy. Jade is also incorporated in those particular pieces to bring positive energy to the wearer. Mayan culture has a big influence in the work that I do. Starting with my logo. Ixchel is the Mayan Goddess of the moon and fertility. One of the things I am excited about is the upcoming collection that will incorporate semi-precious stones such as jade, pyrite, and quartz that were known to be used in Mayan culture. I’d say one of the most important lessons I have learned along the way is to embrace change. Fashion is constantly changing and with that comes the jewelry people like to incorporate with their outfits. So I have to keep up with the new trends and learn new techniques to be able to offer my clients a variety of styles. Currently my designs have expanded into using resin and polymer clay. Accesorios Ixchel listens to its customers and goes out of its way to provide accessories according to the customer’s specifications. It’s important that my clients know I work tirelessly 24/7 to meet their needs. Each piece of jewelry has a personal story for the customer, whether it be an important milestone, a key birthday, or a way to say “I love you” , Accesorios Ixchel provides a way to share that expression. Each item is hand crafted with care, love, and positive energy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite places to go is the Houston Museum of Natural Science . I love seeing the ancient civilization exhibits and learning more about their culture and way of life. It is truly inspiring seeing the ancient pottery and jewelry they handcrafted.The Museum District is another must see destination. With more than 10 museums in addition to the Houston Zoo there is plenty to see and enjoy. Batanga Houston is one of my favorite places for a girls night out. They have great latin cuisine , amazing drinks and entertaining live music. No trip to Houston would be complete without a trip to Flamingo Chill for a raspa, elote or mangonada.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to provide my deepest gratitude and thanks to my family. Without their support I would not be able to have launched and grown my business. I want to give a shoutout to my husband who has stood by my side and has supported this crazy dream of mine. From late night crafting sessions to rainy and cold markets hes been though it all with me. He has encouraged me to follow my dreams. I cannot thank my parents enough for their support, guidance, and advice. They showed me the importance of a strong work ethic and to never give up. To my cousin Celina, thank you for supporting this dream from the moment I told you what I wanted to do. As a child I always looked up to you and admired how creative you were. Now I am here and I am beyond thankful that you are in this journey with me. I am deeply appreciative of the Houston Latina Bloggers who have opened up so many doors for Accesorios Ixchel. A lot of us HLB ladies have a saying that I live by “community over competition” there is room for us all at the table.We bond with our stories of trying to better ourselves and not giving up even when the odds are not in our favor. Connie Leon is the founder of HLB and I look up to her , she amazes me. She has managed to bring together a community of hard working latina creatives, bloggers, and business owners. She does so much for the under-served latino community in Northside Houston. I’d also like to give a shoutout to Dr. Eddie Lambert, he encouraged and mentored me into starting my own business. He would constantly tell me to never settle , to be my own boss and not be satisfied with the status quo. I remember him telling me when I started working with him that he did not want to see me working there longer than 5 years . He would consistently ask “ What did you decide to do?”, “Have you come up with a business plan?” Once I told him what I was going to do he guided me on how to get my business up and running.
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