Madeleine Laini is a two-times award winning Head Wrap connoisseur, born in DR Congo. She is the daughter of Congolese Governor and Ambassador Augustin Bulaimu Wite-Nkate. As an adult, she came to London where she trained as a milliner under the watchful eye of master milliner Noel Stewart who has created catwalk hats for Mulberry, Erdem, JW Anderson, Gareth Pugh and Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2011, Laini started Kiyana Wraps - a celebration of style, culture and heritage, putting the headdress at centre stage when nobody else was doing so. Laini’s influence is a blend of all the places she has lived, which forms part of her identity that resonates with the brand Kiyana Wraps. 'Kiyana' means 'beautiful' in Swahili (one of her mother tongues). We want women to feel beautiful wearing our headdresses. From heritage styles to signature designs, find a riot of paintbox-bright shades and strong colour palettes that are utterly irresistible.
Kiyana Wraps has been featured in German Vogue, Schon Magazine, Aljazeera, Huffington Post and the BBC to name the few. As a brand Kiyana Wraps has an international reach and appeal (Clients based in Korea, Australia, China, United States, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and more)
Womens Apparel (Luxury)
Madeleine Laini is Founder of Congolese and Fabulous, a network that promotes positive Congolese narratives. Its work encompasses arts and culture and sources stories and collaborators within those fields for interested parties. Congolese and Fabulous has hand-picked Kiyana Wraps to partner with ARC Relief and The Red Cross, to create a sustainable employment model by building a workshop / studio in DRC where women make scarves and other fashion accessories that will pay fair-trade wages. Items manufactured within the workshop - to be sold to retailers at wholesale globally, promote decent working conditions and local sustainability.
Beginning 2018 with a bang, Kiyana Wraps appointed Daphne Wayans Hollywood Mogul as its Brand Ambassador and Mentor to its founders. Wayans; a confidant and trusted adviser in her A-list Hollywood circles, is an American television personality, relationship expert, and film producer.
2015 Best Headwrap Stylist Award, World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, Netherland
2015 Best Head Wrap Stylist in Europe Award, World Trade Centre, Rotterdam, Netherland
Founder & Creative Directors:
Christelle Tulia (Director)