This book provides a fascinating insight to the vibrant street style of the ‘Sapeurs’, the elegant and immaculately dressed dandies from the heart of the Congo. The Sapeurs today belong to ‘La SAPE’ (Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes) – one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. Members have their own code of honour, codes of professional conduct and strict notions of morality. It is a world within a world within a city. Designer brands of suits and accessories are important to sapeurs, and they work hard to save as much money as they can to dedicate to the most beautiful suits and accessories they can find. But their amazing style is also based on strict rules of elegance, beauty and harmony of colours. They dress to impress, whilst also being ambassadors of etiquette, peace and music, as well as the essence of style. The result is a unique and inspiring style, that has captured the imagination of people all over the world – the sapeurs are now truly the kings of elegance. The introduction is written by Paul Smith, one of the world’s most renowned and influential menswear designers.
This very special Wednesdog is brought to you by newish, regular-reading Jackie. She hasn’t been commenting, but she’s been watching what rolls out.
I’ll let her words talk about the above photo:
This little guy’s name is J.J. He might be one of the coolest dogs around…just sayin’. He is a three year old Maltese who will follow anyone around that has a vanilla wafer in their pocket. This picture was captured about a year ago by a stranger on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. It is one of the wonderful places you can let your dogs roam free for a few hours on Saturday mornings. J.J. made lots of friends that day helping dig in the sand – you can see the evidence of his Saturday morning joy by the sand caught in his ‘stache in this photo. Anywho, J.J. is a cuddlebug and excessive barking at just about anything is one of his favorite pastimes.
And a postscript!
And no, J.J. doesn’t stand for anything. When I got him, his name was J.B., but that just didn’t roll off the tongue and so J.B. became J.J.
A rousing, bark-filled Wednesdog to all of you and thanks to Jackie for the submission!