“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price.
The Republic of the Congo in Central Africa can’t boast of high standards of living. Yet, there are men here who are prepared to spend a fortune on designer suits. They call themselves “sapeurs” – members of the “La Sape” movement. “La Sape” comes from French and stands for “The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People”. For its adherents, it’s all about style and elegance, the right combination of colours and textures, brand-names and the highest quality materials. They derive true joy from showing off their attire on the streets of Brazzaville – the country’s capital and the centre of the “La Sape” movement. Walking down dusty streets lined with clay houses, they turn heads and feel like kings. And there’s no price they won’t pay for this.
In fact, behind the image of success these dandies project, there are often stories of significant financial troubles caused by their extravagant hobby. To afford the price tag of their designer clothes, “sapeurs” have to save, borrow and even steal money, sometimes bringing ruin to their families. But even the grim consequences of their indulgent dressing habits often don’t stop “sapeurs” from spending money they don’t really have. They are in constant competition with each other and investing in their image is more important to them than improving their living conditions. Dressing smartly becomes a true addiction that is very hard to conquer.
However, some “sapeurs” do strive to find a balance between looking chic and being reasonable with their spending. They insist that the “La Sape” movement isn’t about designer suits but rather developing impeccable taste. They make an emphasis on learning to dress well but within one’s means. This way, style and elegance will demand fewer sacrifices from their devotees and will be accessible to more sophisticated men.
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They actually look like shit, fake suits, anyone in the know will be able to tell and if i ever saw one of these animals lashing out with a boot at a dog my boot would be up his arse. Weston shoes lmao, they are a hundred quid at moss brothers and look like shit
lol the walk at the end,priceless.but on a serious note my fellow Africans this shows no mental existence and it wrong,we are suffering but we care about clothes.even children dream to become part of the sapear or whatever it is which will make sure that the village never develops and become better but instead suffer even harder.we need people to look up to in order to transform africa without help of the corrupt government,we need people whos mental existence is more present than their physical lives.let have real role models,small business owners who are not settled for what they have who are fighting to become rich or anything that can give us motivation to do things that will uplift our communities,by that africa can eradicate all suffering and poverty without government interference.we live without government so what can stop us from changing for the better without their help?
I like how the first guy is teaching the young men that don’t have to spend so much money to dress nice and it’s not about the amount money they spend but they can look as just as nice by simply putting colors together.
This is a very interesting story indeed.
This is why things are worse in Congo. Instead of using all that money to get things better by helping, at least your OWN family... When you’re aware of somebody’s suffering but you are not helping him, you’re cursing yourself.
+F È N T Y Guess you havent heard of a thing called per capita, there are more per capita serial killers and mass shooters in the black population than whites. Also more rampant incest in that shithole called Africa, nice try though.
RaiNLoL Same thing with white men also, I’ve yet to meet a white person who isn’t a huge bigot and a racist, 50% of them have sexual relations with their family members, and don’t even get me started on the amount of white serial killers and school shooters.
Its mostly the men tbh, so many lazy black men leaving their women and children and not working, just entrenched in their cancerous lifestyle that consists of drugs/violence/rape culture. I've yet to meet a black man who doesn't live up to every stereotype under the sun, take the tube to work and you come across hordes of them that are looking for their next victim.
“No man is qualified to declare what would make another man happier or less discontented. The critic either tells us what he believes he would aim at if he were in the place of his fellow; or, in dictatorial arrogance blithely disposing of his fellow's will and aspirations, declares what condition of this other man would better suit himself, the critic.” Ludwig Von Mises. This quote is for those who say they're idiots because they don't spend their money on food. It's their life, their preference, their purpose NOT yours.
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Congo is still shaking; as is ground zero, in NEW YORK! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W27PnUuXR_A&index=2&list=WL
Why bother building fancy dwellings? PALE FACES DEVOUR. Then walk here to NORTH AMERICA; pretending to be CHRISTIAN JIVE TURKEY, HAM OSCAR MYER WIENER save hers!
I appreciate folk who value their OWN LIVES; compared to material cash, four trillion corpse CASKETS! HAPPY 2 BEE ALIVE in hell???
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As a black woman, I've asked myself many times how Africans allowed themselves to be captured and remain in bondage for centuries. I've asked myself how is it that Africans are still being colonized and controlled on their OWN land. And THIS RIGHT HERE is the answer.
These pple are simple minded.
These "men" are being praised for wearing thousand dollar suits while their entire village, including their families live in filth and squalor.
I used to find myself feeling sorry for them but not anymore. These men should be shunned from the village until they've proven themselves worthy but instead their looked to as heroes while everyone else suffers the symptoms from poverty.These pple have no aspirations for a better life and they deserve this poverty.
+Bio Stephan well,I'm not sure bcuz if our pple overall had low IQ's, then our MANY inventions would not have been possible.
But I honestly don't know - something is DEFINITELY wrong when dressing "nice" outweighs the need provide and live a better life. Idk your race so I'm sure you don't take this personal,but for me,it genuinely hurts seeing my pple this way.
They bring little joy to the community :) which is good thing, but they should also understand that they are spending too much. The 1st guy said, he would have bought land instead of the pair of shoes.
I like that thing of looking your best even when you are dead broke,to attract money you must look like money.But what's the point of gaining the whole community by flexing on expensive clothes while your own family is facing hardships.They have many pairs of expensive clothes but their living conditions are very poor.
Pretty sad. All started by the colonialist French/Belgians and the locals desire to mimic them thinking clothing is the key to equality with their former masters. Now its taken a life of its own transforming largely into a cult of self glorification. The 'gentleman' part should involve helping ones struggling family instead of letting them struggle so one can buy overpriced clothing. Unfortunately all I see is sad, personal vanity.
A gentleman wouldnt kick at an animal just standing there...also a gentleman wouldnt let bunch of poor kids grovel to pick up trashas they walk thru...how sad...
They dont wear fakes because all will know...know what?..looks like most dont know what a tie is let alone designer anything..bunch of fake ass bums