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 in Africa, KAHINDO is noted for its colorful, original prints (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. 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 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.”