congolese designer

Modahnik by Kahindo Mateene.


Kahindo Mateene founded her label in 2009. MODAHNIK is known for the mix of vibrant colors with bold prints. Having lived and traveled in Africa, Europe and America, Kahindo expertly combines these different stylistic elements, bringing a unique point of view to her design aesthetic. A native of the The Democratic Republic of Congo, she pulls inspiration from the Avant Garde spirit of the Congolese art and culture.

Kahindo landed a spot as a contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime Network’s Emmy Nominated designer competition series Project Runway.

The MODAHNIK woman is a global nomad who views fashion as a creative expression of her individuality. She is classically feminine with an edge and dares to be bold.

With a vibrant color story, African-influenced prints are intermixed with modern styles for the sophisticated woman. Each MODAHNIK design pays close attention to detail and are tailored to flatter a woman’s natural curves.

MODAHNIK has been featured in WWD, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, Refinery 29 and on runways in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Johannesburg.

Kahindo holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and a BA in International Business & Economics, from Blackburn College. She is an alumni of the 2011 class of the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street Designer In Residence Program.



Modahnik Designer talks about her work and her label.