Since launching the David Tlale brand in 2002, this young designer has continued to woo local fashion followers with his ingenuity.
The Vaal University of Technology graduate has received numerous accolades, including winning the 2003 SA Fashion Week Elle New Talent competition. That same year, he was also nominated as the best designer of 2003 by the Sunday Times. In 2005, Tlale was approached by fashion house Carducci to design a women’s range for the label.
He was nominated for the Marie Claire Prix D’Excellence De La Mode award in 2006. Earlier this year, he was selected to showcase his work at the Paris Couture Fashion Week exhibition, along with three other young designers.
Tlale’s garments are a favourite with SA celebrities and he has dressed personalities such as international gospel singer Yolanda Adams.
Lunch spot:The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town