Over the five years since he launched his brand, award-winning designer David Tlale has proven that he is indeed a design force with creations that go far beyond expectations.
The year 2008 was a fruitful one for the brand; a year in which Tlale was voted the most stylish person at the annual South Africa Style Awards, he was also voted Mzansi's Star Fashion Designer at the Mzansi Star Awards and also nominated at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Awards 2008, along with many other accolades and nominations. He was also invited to judge the Elle New Talent 2008 competition, a place where he began his journey in fashion.
It was also in 2008 that David Tlale launched his Green Collection for the voluptuous women of Mzansi; including the likes of Judith Sephuma, Lebo Mashile, KG Moeketsi and Anele Mdoda
Since his catwalk debut in 2003, David Tlale has enjoyed outstanding exposure on both local and international catwalks, taking the label to astronomic heights. His, is a household label that firmly stands its own ground among a sea of other labels; this being attributed to the sheer design erudition and precision that challenges mediocrity.
After winning the Elle New Talent competition and being awarded best new Designer of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2003, David Tlale has soared to achieve many more accolades.
In July 2007, he and three other South African designers were invited to showcase their designs at the Paris Fashion Week, an experience rarely achieved by young designers. Since then, David Tlale has been invited to exhibit his creative talents at other international platforms, including a May 2008 invitation to showcase in Washington DC as part of the De Beers Shining Light Collection
It is with this understanding that the David Tlale brand developed to be one of the most formidable fashion labels in South Africa to date. With that said it came as no surprise when David Tlale was awarded Fashion Designer of the Year at the recent Arise Africa Fashion Awards, where David Tlale presented a Ready-to-Wear Collection that defied all expectations. With his award, David Tlale will, for the first time, showcase at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week in September 2009, courtesy of Arise Magazine.