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JO’BURG-BASED ZAMA AND ZONKE MTHETHWA OF JVX­TA­POSE TALK US THROUGH THEIR STYLE TWINSPIRATION

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Our child­hood was quite no­madic. We were born in Jo’burg, moved to Witbank, Mpumalanga, for a few years, and then we lived in Eng­land for eight years. We loved how eclec­tic Bri­tish style was, and how per­sonal it was to the wearer: no-one puts them­selves in a box, and ab­so­lutely any­thing goes.Our great­est style in­flu­ence has to be our mother. She in­stilled in us the im­por­tance of al­ways look­ing our best :co­or­di­nat­ing the es­sen­tials and never, we mean ever, wear­ing mis­matched un­der­wear! She taught us that look­ing good makes one feel good. Oh, and that we should al­ways ac­ces­sorize.

Jvx­ta­pose was in­spired by a blog we had started pre­vi­ously, called So-Cosha. Its in­ten­tion was to give our friends in Eng­land an ed­u­ca­tion about where we come from. We live amongst the hus­tle and bus­tle of the in­ner city and there’s a lot of ac­tiv­ity. Our typ­i­cal Satur­day starts with a morn­ing run with the Braam­fie Run­ners in Braam­fontein, we’ll usu­ally have break­fast at Daleah’s af­ter, then pass by the Neigh­bour­goods Mar­ket. Later, we’ll meet up with friends and head to El­e­vate night­club at The Reef Ho­tel for sun­down­ers. Liv­ing in the in­ner city is pure magic.

When we were younger, my mom used to dress us the same so, as we grew older, we wanted to break out of the mould and have our own sense of fash­ion. That’s how the name Jvx­ta­pose came about. Our styles are in stark con­trast to one an­other – people of­ten ques­tion the va­lid­ity of our twin­ship.We like some of the same items, but the light bulbs go off in our heads in com­pletely dif­fer­ent ways. Our favourite in­ter­na­tional de­signer has got to be Bal­main – the French fash­ion house con­sis­tently strikes a bal­ance be­tween chic and rock ‘n’ roll. Lo­cally, we love Missshape by Ja­mal Nxed­lana – his col­lec­tions put a mod­ern spin on con­ven­tional looks.

Our home is char­ac­ter­ized by lit­tle hearts dot­ted all over. It is filled with love, both in a lit­eral and fig­u­ra­tive sense. Our lounge fur­ni­ture was passed on to us by our par­ents. It’s heart-warm­ing to start out with the same items they did. This fur­ni­ture played wit­ness to mem­o­ries that pre­cede even us. It’s as though our par­ents are al­ways here with us.We joke that we’ll pass them down to our kids one day. Jvx­ta­pose.com

Clock­wise from top left ‘Love is the law in our abode’; Zama and Zonke; pot plants; ac­ces­sories collection;‘Our Buddha sig­ni­fies the im­por­tance of spir­i­tu­al­ity in our lives’; ‘Some of our favourite shoes’; Zama; a collection of trin­kets; ‘twin’ salt and pep­per cellars, aptly named Zama and Zonke; Zonke; words to live by.

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