Tlale has passion for finer things
Designer David Tlale has carved his own personal ramp in the world of fashion while personifying creativity, flamboyance and elegance through his garments.
Among other achievements, he boasts his own TV show and a signature cocktail – the Courvoisier Noir – which captures his suave personality.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My mother and Nelson Mandela. Having been a domestic worker all her life, she made sure that she raised us properly and that we received the education that would ultimately turn us into men and women of virtue. Mandela, a young man born in rural Qunu, grew up to change international politics and is celebrated as a global icon.
How do you relax?
Being at a spa with no music, no phone, no e-mail, no contact with anyone else. I do this at least once a month.
Early this year, you were appointed as one of three SA influencers for Courvoisier. How did you develop the passion for Cognac?
I have a passion for the finer things in life, and Cognac is one of them, which has been an acquired taste over the years.
What is your favourite way of enjoying Cognac?
With my “couture” cocktail, the Courvoisier Noir, which is a fusion of Courvoisier V.S.O.P, champagne, cinnamon, cherry and orange. This also defuses the mentality that “real men” only enjoy Cognac on the rocks whereas actually, a real man enjoys Cognac in his own way ... like me.
Where have you had your best holiday so far?
What made the holiday so special?
I was able to be myself without people around me knowing who I was ... with complete peace of mind.