About Us


THE DESIGNER

Kahindo Mateene is the founder and creative visionary behind her namesake brand KAHINDO. Kahindo strives to use her brand as a vehicle to create job opportunities for women and share the heart and soul of Africa with the rest of the world. Kahindo was born in Uganda, educated in Kenya, and has lived in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Niger. When she’s not designing or reviewing samples from Africa, Kahindo enjoys traveling, dancing, and attending live concerts.

Kahindo Mateene, a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, founded her brand in 2017. Kahindo was selected to take part in Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator program and was one of the contestants in season 12 of Project Runway. She has showcased her collections at several international fashion shows, including Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa and New York Fashion Week at the Harlem Fashion Row. Her work has also been featured in publications like The New York Times, Elle, Essence, and Marie Claire.

 

The Brand

Wear what you believe in.
Dress boldly. Dress proudly. Dress with purpose.

We believe that when a woman embraces her own power, she lifts up other women in the process.

KAHINDO is a socially responsible womenswear brand that creates wearable art with a social impact. The brand features bold colors and original prints inspired by the designer’s Congolese heritage, African upbringing and globe-trotting travels. Designed in New York City and ethically produced by female artisans in Africa, KAHINDO’s statement-making—yet timeless—silhouettes are made to empower the modern woman while having a social impact.

We believe that making conscious, responsible decisions today will create a better future for everyone.

In fashion, sustainability is about much more than fabrics and material sourcing—it also extends to the people who create products and the fairness of the practices that surround their work. As part of our commitment to ethics and sustainability, we exclusively use ethically-sourced materials and are devoted to fair-trade production practices. In addition, we are actively working to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which include gender equality, climate action, access to quality education, and elimination of poverty.

We believe in celebrating and giving back to the communities that raised us.

Honoring one’s heritage is an important part of our brand DNA. Founder and designer Kahindo Mateene—a beloved contestant on season 12 of Lifetime’s Project Runway—was born in Uganda, educated in Kenya, and has lived in Ethiopia, Niger, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mateene’s diverse Pan-African experience inspires and influences not only her creative process, but also her approach to garment production. In partnership with GIVE WORK, KAHINDO currently employs several women in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our founder’s hometown, to manufacture each collection. We also collaborate with a number of exceptional African textile artists to build a more authentic and inclusive narrative of our global fashion community. Learn more.