Modahnik is a women’s contemporary clothing line influenced by the dichotomy of the vibrant African culture and landscape as well as modern contemporary West that was launched in 2009 by Congolese fashion designer Kahindo Mateene. Kahindo shares about the line, "the brightly colorful African print is the signature of Modahnik, fused with western design sensibilities, creates a multicultural feast of modern silhouettes that is refreshingly feminine and visually appealing with an underlying sexiness.
Kahindo Mateene, the designer behind Modahnik, believes in making women look and feel the best in figure enhancing original designs made by beautiful strong women. Kahindo, born in Uganda but of a Congolese heritage was truly raised all across Africa giving her a deep rooted unabashed love for the continent that she calls home. Her fashion sense emerged not only from her surroundings and travels, but also from the very stylish colorful beautiful designs her late Mother wore during the 70s.
After getting an International Business degree in 1999 and working in corporate America, she decided to follow her passion and enrolled in the highly acclaimed Fashion Design Program at the Illinois Institute of Art. In 2005, with another Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in hand she unrelentlesly started her journey and dream of creating a clothing line.
The name Modahnik (pronounced mode-ah-nique), is an anagram composed of her first name and the first initial of her last, and a play on the French and Italian words “mode” or “moda,” which mean “fashion.”
Modahnik is a socially conscious line that aims to be ethical by producing in Africa using fair trade practices thus creating sustainable jobs for underprivileged communities within Africa." Take a look at their Spring/Summer 2011