"Are you a Dandy or a Legacy Builder?"
(Note: The following two paragraphs can be found on "YouTube - RT Documentary; Published on November 15, 2016")
“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price.
To afford the price tag of their designer clothes, “sapeurs” have to save, borrow and even steal money, sometimes bringing ruin to their families. But even the grim consequences of their indulgent dressing habits often don’t stop “sapeurs” from spending money they don’t really have. They are in constant competition with each other and investing in their image is more important to them than improving their living conditions.
"Are you a Dandy or a Legacy Builder? And I'm going to offer this for those of you that think 'Of course, this is ridiculous. Who would do that? Who would do that?', I will direct you to any impoverished community in this country and I'll ask you to count the number of luxury cars. Count the number of brand names, the number of bags, handbags and jewelry and such. No ownership of property. And in sight, nothing. Nothing that would denote a legacy. But yet, your baby has on Nikes that they're going to grow out of in 2 months because you just don't want people to see you."
**Stay Tuned! Karen will have more discussions on legacy building in 2019.**