LOOK­ING SHARP

Prestige Hong Kong - - AGENDA -

The Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo might not be the first place you’d think of to lo­cate fash­ion­able fel­las, but this huge, civil wartorn coun­try is where you find the sapeurs – groups of work­ing men who turn up at out­door clubs and func­tions dressed in tai­lored Euro­pean suits and croc­o­dile shoes. These taxi driv­ers and car­pen­ters – or­di­nary Joes, in other words – put their hard-earned francs to­wards buy­ing hand­made Ital­ian silk ties and English jack­ets, be­cause they be­lieve that dress­ing well helps them take con­trol of their lives, up­lift­ing them from the poverty and strife they face daily.

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

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