The elegant, well-mannered and impeccably dressed African man is not a new phenomenon. But he is getting global exposure in the internet age. From the sapeurs of Congo to small town Namibia, these sartorial leaders are doing interesting things. But it is more than just the clothes; it is about meaning, manners and respect.
Introduced by German immigrants, intricately patterned shweshwe is a South African fashion staple, worn by township dwellers, suburbanites and rural women. The durable fabric is used to sew anything from wedding dresses to trendy gear, and has been seen on international catwalks.