KAHINDO is an independent woman's ready-to-wear design label based in New York city. Founded in 2009 under the name Modahnik, the brand was born of founder Kahindo Mateene's desire to create a line that infuses the nostalgia and modernity of the two cultures of her upbringing, American and Congolese. KAHINDO pairs mid-century Americana silhouettes with traditional Congolese influences, creating garments that empower women in all of their femininity. KAHINDO creates statement pieces for the progressive woman. KAHINDO has been featured in WWD, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Tatler, Huffington Post, Essence and Marie Claire.
An alum of the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Mateene draws inspiration from Congolese art and culture of her childhood as well as the culture of her adopted country of the United States and extensive travels throughout Europe, the Americas and Africa. Born in Uganda to Congolese parents, Mateene was exposed to different cultures at an early age, and brings that multi-cultural sensitivity to her designs. Mateene completed the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's Residence Program in 2011 and in 2013 landed a spot as a contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime Network’s show Project Runway. KAHINDO believes that when you empower women, you empower a whole society and champions this cause through philanthropic endeavors in her native Democratic Republic of Congo in addition to donating a portion of each sale to causes that support and uplift women.