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Back in 2014 Guinness launched a really funky ad campaign introducing a group of everyday heroes from Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo.

The ‘society of elegant persons of the Congo’ more widely recognised as the ‘Sapeurs’ are stylish individuals who take fashion to another level. Peaceful in their nature this group of ordinary folk who work the day doing ordinary jobs like gardening, building, driving transform themselves as the sun sets. At dusk they arise, men, women & teenagers, out of the dust, donning perfectly tailored three-piece suits, a trilby and carrying colourful umbrellas whilst checking their pocket watches. Eccentric dandies drink and dance in the late night bars and entertain the crowds. Forgetting themselves in their social activism this act of colonial resistance is nothing but peaceful.

Painter and Illustrator Camilla Perkins has captured these vibrant Debonair’s in her prints. I had such fun framing them with Sarah at The Haslemere Framing Company

Framing and hanging artwork is one of my passions and I have had the pleasure of helping many clients showcase their story whether it be in clubs, restaurants or private homes. In our studio we often work with the artist to ensure their magnificent works are given the best frame. Please do contact our STUDIO if you would like us to assist you in sourcing and framing art to suit your interior programme.

The Veld cushions seated on the antique Swedish bench in this photo are designed by Fabrication and are available from our studio in a number of different colourways.

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”

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