African hipsters take vintage fashion back to the future

Reposted from CNN Inside Africa

Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) — The past is a foreign place: they do things more fashionably there. That must be the reason for the continued infatuation with the vintage trend on catwalks, in boutiques and in stores around the world.

But for Lourens Gebhardt, aka Loux the Vintage Guru, vintage is not just a trend, it is a way of life. “Vintage clothes have history behind them, they are from a legendary era that has been left behind by our ancestors. It is not a trend, it won’t go away,” said the Namibian blogger and fashion designer.

The Congolese dandies known as the “Sapeurs” have become well known for their love of classic designer labels and elegant vintage clothes, but retro is being worn by hipsters across the continent.

“Vintage clothing is cheap here in Africa compared to Europe and people can source their clothes easily at open markets, that’s why it’s so popular,” Gebhardt explained.

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