My favourite room
Talk about upwardly mobile! Meet Bianca and Khaya Sibiya’s Joburg Motique.
By fashion duo Bianca and Khaya Sibiya
Y ou may have visited some interesting stores in your time, but how about this one? Introducing the moving fashion feast that dynamic design duo Khaya and Bianca Sibiya have dubbed the Motique.
“We wanted to create a unique fashion solution with an experiential feel for our label Punk & Ivy. We were inspired by mobile retail in Thailand,” says Bianca.
After six months of searching, the Sibiyas found an old beat-up caravan in Cape Town, brought it up to Gauteng for a ton of loving care, and hit the road with their wares, adding other brands that they admire to their offering.
“The Motique’s black and gold logo was designed by Joburg’s creative collaboration Jana + Koos,” explains Khaya. “We love those colours together, and we wanted a design that would work on our labels, garment tags and on the fantastic leather seats.” As for the seats, they were made by the design company Booming SA, which also produced the customisable perforated display walls.
“We found the vintage posters of Joburg at the city’s 44 Stanley centre. Both Joburg and the Art Deco design speak to the core of our work,” says Bianca, “and we love the printing process that was used, especially in this age of mass-production.”
As a solo artist and member of the band Boyznbucks, Khaya enjoys incorporating creative works into his music. One example is a wooden briefcase, which he found in a secondhand shop and which appeared in one of his music videos. The small, but assertive-looking nun figurines on the shelves at the entrance were given to Bianca as a leaving gift from MTV, where she used to work. “They guard the Motique,” she explains.