Africa

'Gentlemen of Bacongo'

Updated 9:20 AM ET, Mon February 13, 2012
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Daniele Tamagni photographed the Congo's "Sapeurs" for his book 'Gentlemen of Bacongo." courtesy Daniele Tamagni
The Sapeurs are a Congolese sub-culture of dapper dressers. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Tamagni traveled to Brazzaville in 2008 to photograph the Sapeurs. Kinshasa, in DR Congo, has its own Sapeur scene. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Smart suits in pastel colors are a trademark of the Brazzaville Sapeurs. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Accessorizing is essential. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Sapeur Eric Mezzekempe with a Mozart cane. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Sapeurs posing in front of Memorial Savorgnan de Brazza. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Suits are often finished off with a cigar or and pipe. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Brazzaville's Piccadilly group of Sapeurs wear tartan and kilts. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Sapeurs stand out among the widespread poverty of Brazzaville. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Their flamboyant dress attracts admirers of all ages. courtesy Daniele Tamagni
Sapeurs aren't rich, but will save up to rent and buy expensive designer labels. courtesy Daniele Tamagni