In a poor city in a poor country on a poor continent, there is a group of people with a singular purpose: to look
Severin Mouyengo, who has been a sapeur since the 1970s, poses in the entrance of his family house in the Bacongo neighborhood. Sandals on the ground are from his family members.
They are called sapeurs or members of the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People). And when they go out, they turn the streets of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, into a fashion runway.
Photo: Hector Mediavilla
There’s a fantastic book, Gentlemen of Bacongo which profiles these dudes.