le sapeur

childofasphalt  asked:

hey! do you have some good resources or blogs to follow to learn about non-western gender politics? i've been super super frustrated by how western-centric most north american discourse is and am looking to find some other stuff!

African Women’s Movements:transforming political landscapes by  Joy Kwesiga, Isabel Casimiro, Alice Mungwa

Talking about Feminism in Africa by Elaine Salo and Amina Mama (Mama critiques ‘African Feminism: The Politics of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa’ by Black American professor Gwendolyn Mikell and she put into words how I felt about the book when I read it) 

Read up on Maman Jeanne Nacatche Banyere, she’s such an amazing Congolese woman, she’s head of the Federation of Protestant Women in Goma, Eastern Congo. 

Les femmes sapeurs au Congo. I’m sure you’ll find English resources 

RDC : une communauté LGBT dans l’ombre (translate this maybe?)

There are a lot of interviews with Congolese lgbt where they talk about gender, but they’re in Lingala. I said I’d translate some of them but I forgot lol sorry 


“Les Sapeurs” Nikki Billie Jean Ready-To-Wear 2016 Collection Campaign

See the campaign photos & film at nikkibilliejean.com

Fashion Designer/Wardrobe Stylist: Nikki Billie Jean

Producer: All Things Ankara

Creative Director/Co-Producer: Troy Massa

Photographer: By Sir Arthur

Filmmaker: Brendan Lyn

Make-Up Artist: Ronke Raji

Hair Stylist: Soul Chic Boutique

Models: Armanda Tounghi, Wilson Ebo, Khalif Nelson, Yaw Osei & Arnold Philip

Fabric: All Things Ankara Store

Bike: College Park Bicycles

Special Thanks: Nicholas Orji & Ibironke Akintaju (Nikki’s Brother & Mom)

Pictures from  MoAD After Dark: The Diaspora Underground “The Art of the Suit" (San Francisco,CA - 11/3/2011)

A Global Glimpse of the Sapeur and Black Dandyism

dan·dy n. pl. dan·dies A man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners

Le Sapeurs of Congo! “The Sape is an art and real gentleman have to know the concept of gentleness and good manners related to the inherent moral code of the individual,” affirms Tamagni. “ If you get a chance, please check out this book!

Photo Credit: Cut From A Different Cloth

Julia Sarr-Jamois Channels The Men of Style "Le Sapeurs"

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Wonderland Magazine’s fashion editor, Julia Sarr-Jamois perfectly captures the swagger of Paul Smith’s “Le Sapeur” inspired collection for D Magazine, as well as landed the cover.

So, what exactly is “Le Sapeur” ? Good question.

“Le Sap is our essence,” explains sapeur Willy Cavory a leading practitioner of , Le Sape which is: The Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (The society for people of elegance and ambiance) otherwise referred as the: RELIGION OF CLOTHING

Oh, how exquisite!

Cavory is part of a group of  ‘sapeurs’ who emanate from, Brazzaville, the capital of The Republic of The Congo and are the subject of The Gentlemen of Bakongo – The Importance of Being Elegant, by Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni.


images and Le Sapeur info via: sabotagetimes.com