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Talk about up­wardly mo­bile! Meet Bianca and Khaya Sibiya’s Joburg Mo­tique.

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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.

“We wanted our Punk & Ivy cloth­ing to cap­ture a style em­bod­ied in Soweto dur­ing the ’60s.” “The Mo­tique is so easy to pack up, and we park it in our back gar­den when we’re not on the road.” “We like proudly South African pieces, like these print um­brel­las

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