The fancy gentlemen from the Congo

Apparently some subcultures in Congo are just as obsessed with fashion as many of my Western compatriots.

These sappeurs (Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes, or the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People) generally live in the slums but one of the slogans they live by is: “A Congolese sapeur is a happy man even if he does not eat, because wearing proper clothes feeds the soul and gives pleasure to the body.”

Personally I cannot imagine giving up the comforts of life just to wear fashion, but I have to admit they look FABULOUS :-).

(via Kottke)