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This is Laëtitia Kandolo, the Young Congolese Who Dresses Rihanna

Laëtitia Kandolo is now considered a star of African design. The young woman has seen its name propel on the international scene since the famous American singer Rihanna appeared at the last Grammy Awards wearing one of her creations.

This unexpected publicity will open the doors of unsuspected collaborations with world celebrities. Madonna, Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey will take turns. It is up to Franco-Congolese to create their stage costumes.

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A turn on her twitter accounts and instagram (nearly 5000 subscribers) testify to the enthusiasm aroused by the 26 year old in the world of fashion.

De Laëtitia, the specialists in the field say that she has done in a short time what others manage to achieve in a lifetime.Stylist, artistic director and entrepreneur, Kandolo has made a name.

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“Uchawi”, its ready-to-wear brand made in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, is prized by the international fashion scene. Singer Fally Ipupa was dressed by Uchawi for the photo needs of his latest album.


The career of the young woman, according to her stories, began just before she joined the Parisian fashion school, Esmod. The freelance stylist, attracted by all areas of art since childhood, she says, was only 19 years old.

In 2015, she created in the Congo, her brand Uchawi. An idea that would be, to believe the person, part of a whim. “In three weeks, everything was decided,” she says.

For her next collection, she and her team decided to show “real Africa” ​​through creations composed of silk, pink cotton canvas, jacquard patterns. To her to indicate that Uchawi number 3 will be online this week.

The opportunity to breathe and rest then. Not sure. “I still have my big customers next door. Currently, it’s Rihanna. There are beautiful things that are getting ready with Fenty Beauty, the brand continues to grow. I work on campaigns with a team that is not on the same continent, it requires a lot of coordination, “she told the press.

A frenetic pace that she has from the beginning, but the “business woman” knows that his career will probably take a new turn in a decade. The story is just beginning.



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