The African Society of Elegant People — the “SAPE” — was born in the years after the independences of Congo-Brazzaville and Zaire. Today there are two major schools of “SAPE”, respectively inspired by the French and Japanese aristocracy...Codified art of sham, glamour, and “hast thou seen” for some, but for others the SAPE is a metaphysic — a special relation with the question of being and appearance."
a Sapeur in the Congo | La Sape, an abbreviation based on the phrase 'Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes' (The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) and hinting to the French slang word sape which means "attire", is a social movement centered in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. An adherent of La Sape is called a "sapeur." The movement embodies the elegance in style and manners of colonial predecessor dandies.