Tlale has pas­sion for finer things

Sowetan - - Lifestyle -

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?

Mau­ri­tius.

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.

David Tlale

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