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Date Established 02/2017
Founder Kahindo Mateene
Headquarters New York, NY
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Fashion
Website https://kahindo.com/
Press Contact Kahindo Mateene
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At KAHINDO, our clothing brings a spirit of wanderlust and excitement to the wardrobe of today’s bold, modern woman. Inspired by our namesake founder’s Congolese heritage, KAHINDO is a celebration of the legacy and natural beauty of Africa. Our one of a kind prints and dynamic color palettes are an ode to the continent’s rich culture and heritage, and offer a fresh reinterpretation of traditional African fashion. Cut with timeless silhouettes that drape beautifully and are universally flattering, each piece is wearable luxury that lets today’s adventurous woman express her individuality while pairing effortlessly with her unique style.

But KAHINDO is more than just fashion. We know that although many talk about responsibility in business, not everyone is making a real-world difference. That’s why we are dedicated to using our brand to create social change by empowering women, closing the gender gap, paying fair living wages and creating sustainable jobs in Africa for our global partners. We call it our SEW Sustainable Commitment.

KAHINDO: Dress boldly. Wear proudly. Live with purpose.

Founding Story

Graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, founder Kahindo Mateene was born in Uganda, educated in Kenya, and has called Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Niger home. Today, she is the founder and Chief Creative Designer for KAHINDO. A modern womenswear brand designed in NYC and ethically produced [MLM1] in Africa, KAHINDO is noted for its colorful, original prints[MLM2] (created by Kahindo herself) and timeless feminine silhouettes, as well as for a dedication to empowering the female artisans who help produce the line.

Selected in 2011 to take part Macy’s prestigious Chicago Fashion Incubator program, Kahindo was also a contestant on Project Runway season twelve in 2013. Since 2010, her collections have been showcased at multiple international fashion shows, including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa and New York Fashion Week at the Harlem Fashion Row. The New York Times, Elle, Essence, and Marie Claire[MLM3] have all featured her work and brand.

“For me, fashion is only as beautiful as the way I treat the female artisans and workers who help me create my line. That means focusing on sustainability and ethical work environments for my global partners, and using the KAHINDO brand as a vehicle to create equity and job opportunities for women. Together, we share the heart and soul of Africa with the rest of the world through fashion.”

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Kahindo Mateene

Founder & Chief Creative Director

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Graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, founder Kahindo Mateene was born in Uganda, educated in Kenya, and has called Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Niger home. Today, she is the founder and Chief Creative Designer for KAHINDO. A modern womenswear brand designed in NYC and ethically produced [MLM1] in Africa, KAHINDO is noted for its colorful, original prints[MLM2] (created by Kahindo herself) and timeless feminine silhouettes, as well as for a dedication to empowering the female artisans who help produce the line.

Selected in 2011 to take part Macy’s prestigious Chicago Fashion Incubator program, Kahindo was also a contestant on Project Runway season twelve in 2013. Since 2010, her collections have been showcased at multiple international fashion shows, including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa and New York Fashion Week at the Harlem Fashion Row. The New York Times, Elle, Essence, and Marie Claire[MLM3] have all featured her work and brand.

“For me, fashion is only as beautiful as the way I treat the female artisans and workers who help me create my line. That means focusing on sustainability and ethical work environments for my global partners, and using the KAHINDO brand as a vehicle to create equity and job opportunities for women. Together, we share the heart and soul of Africa with the rest of the world through fashion.”

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