Meet Fashion Designer: Kahindo Mateene

Allow us to introduce to you Kahindo Mateene


KAHINDO is a New York-based contemporary womenswear brand launched in 2009 by Kahindo Mateene. She created a line that fused two cultures of her upbringing (born in Uganda to Congolese parents, and raised in the United States). KAHINDO pairs mid-century American silhouettes with traditional Congolese textiles and fabrics. Mateene keeps her culture front-and-center in her lines making Congolese identity central to the brand.

KAHINDO also works in partnership with MamAfrica—an organization that repurposes the brand’s fabric scraps into handbags made by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. KAHINDO continues to garner recognition for her work: in 2011, she completed the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Residency program, and she was also a contestant on season 12 of Lifetime Network’s Emmy-nominated show “Project Runway.”


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.

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