The Art of African Men’s Style feat. Congolese Men

Sanibonani! Hello!

You may have heard of La Sape (La Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes, or the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), and its member, Sapeur in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. Sapeurs dress up in tailored suits and well-polished shoes to walk around the streets of Brazzaville and meet up with each other. They are quite fashionable, but we think that they have something more than just fashion. They have style.

Bienvenu Mouzieto in the Bacongo neighborhood. Source:  NPR  "The Surprising Sartorial Culture Of Congolese 'Sapeurs'"

Bienvenu Mouzieto in the Bacongo neighborhood. Source: NPR "The Surprising Sartorial Culture Of Congolese 'Sapeurs'"

When we talk about fashion, we often ask questions that begin with "what." What does he wear? What brand? What's the price? You may also wonder what is African about Sapeurs' fashion that is rooted in French and other Western European cultures.

At Maki & Mpho, we think that style is about asking “who” and “why.” Who are these men? Why do Sapeurs dress up? NPR and the behind-the-scene story of this year's Guinness Ad have some hints. These are ordinary Congolese men who dress up for joy, peace, creativity, friendship, sharing, individuality, and life. While we may not have all the answers, one thing is for sure: These ordinary Congolese men have an extraordinary passion for style that translates to confidence, pride, and elegance. And that's how we interpret the art of African men's style.

Maki & Mpho celebrates the art of African men's style. The Hamba Collection will be featuring extraordinary designs that let you experience the particular taste of African men's style for yourself.

Click the image below to get the look!