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According to the U. It is the th least developed country in the world. Advertisement The logistics of getting and maintaining a wardrobe of properly tailored, designer suits, plus shirts, accessories, jewelry, socks and leather dress shoes in such an environment is mind-boggling. Let alone keeping them clean.

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According to the U. It is the th least developed country in the world. Advertisement The logistics of getting and maintaining a wardrobe of properly tailored, designer suits, plus shirts, accessories, jewelry, socks and leather dress shoes in such an environment is mind-boggling. Let alone keeping them clean. Or an example of a subjugated and still impoverished people hoodwinked into spending untold sums on European labels?

Advertisement Perhaps unsurprisingly, these dimensions of the sapeur phenomenon have been largely ignored by the fashion press. As designer Paul Smith writes in the introduction to Gentlemen of Bacongo , "It is incredible enough today to see men dressed so elegantly in capital cities like Paris or London, let alone in the Congo. Their attention to detail, their use of colour, all set against the environment they live in, is just fantastic.

All the ones I saw were French language. In this one , the camera follows a sapeur funeral cortege; at around the seventh minute, a mourner named Hassan Salvador pauses to show the interviewer the labels of his Mark Stephen Marengo — a Savile Row tailor — pin-striped suit and his purple Polo Ralph Lauren tie.

Salvador also explains the precisions of sapeur style: socks must be a certain height, jacket vents of 32 centimenters are preferred, and a maximum of three colors can be used in one outfit.

Just after him, another mourner, with neon-green socks, brags that he is the only person he knows who ever wears two ties at once. And he makes those ties look good. Advertisement Another video examines the sapeur diaspora in Paris; the journalist estimates that around 1, dandy sapeurs live in the city, concentrated in the heavily African neighborhoods of the 18th arrondissement. The Congolese from Brazzaville.

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Gentlemen of Bacongo

Start your review of Gentlemen of Bacongo Write a review Jun 17, Sara rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For people interested in Africa… but also for people interested in fashion! Shelves: africa , congo , fashion , photography This colourful book takes you to the streets of Bacongo, a district area in Brazzaville where the elegant sapeurs show off their suits with style and a touch of extravagance. This movement started when in the 70s the first Congolese people, who had migrated to Europe, came back to Congo with designer This colourful book takes you to the streets of Bacongo, a district area in Brazzaville where the elegant sapeurs show off their suits with style and a touch of extravagance. Many were fascinated with French fashion and started to emulate the French style, reinterpreting it according to their particular taste… The cult of elegance which has emerged from it appears in all his glory in the pages of this photographic book. The sapeurs parade on the animated catwalks of the streets of Bacongo wearing kilts or pinstripe suits. They pose with unlighted cigars while children stare at them… with little markets and hanging clothes in the background.

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