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