Sapeurs: Meet the Sapeurs of Congo

Sapeurs, are members of the SAPE (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes/Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People) and have emerged in African and diaspora communities over the past 25 years. Often read as a post-colonial take on the European dandies of the late 18th and 19th century, this subculture made up of mostly young men, drape themselves in elegant sharp attire, creating flamboyant identities for themselves through their brightly colored suits, and luxurious swagger.

 

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