Stumbled upon “The Gentleman of Bacongo” on goodreads.com and immediately got it from the library. Delves into the history and culture of the “Sape” and the “Sapeurs” (Society for the Advancement of People of Elegance) in the Congo. Dubbed “the religion of style,” Sape is an exclusive club of men known for their bright and brilliant fashion, particularly their accessories which include canes, suspenders, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, and cigars.
"The Sape began when the Congo was a French colony. Young and mature sapeurs of different social status meet each other in exclusive bars and nightclubs in the capital on weekends. The fashion labels are important, however it is more essential to know the rules of elegance….The Sape is an art and real gentleman have to know the concept of gentleness and good manners…there is a strong contrast between the way they live and the way they dress, but through their beautiful and smart suits, they can walk around the city proud and enthusiastic… Popular sapeurs are often paid to participate during ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, or anniversary parties…. The white man may have invented clothes, but we turned into an art."
Tons of beautiful pictures and really interesting information. Only drawback is the book should be in coffee table form so the spine doesnt interfere/cut off parts of the pictures. #Africa #BlackMen #Brazzaville