“We Make an Art of It”: Congolese Fashion Defies Stereotypes of African Poverty
Believe it or not, one of the world’s poorest areas is home to some of the world’s most fashion-forward people. The world of haute couture has been watching Congo for a few years now, particularly the dandyish set of men who call themselves sapeurs. Members of the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People) are dapper folks living in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, and also in Kinshasa, capital of the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo — and they look amazing.
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