The art of collaboration sees designer David Tlale and Jean du Plessis join forces on an exhibition

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Shanelle Nyasiase models last season's David Tlale collection with artwork by Jean du Plessis. (Image via @davidtale Instagram)
Shanelle Nyasiase models last season's David Tlale collection with artwork by Jean du Plessis. (Image via @davidtale Instagram)
  • On 1 October 2020, David Tlale hosted the first official event after a long period of self-isolation and this soiree saw some of Joburg’s finest coming out in droves for the Riboville Collection launch at the Riboville Boutique Hotel.
  • Also included in the evening was the official opening of the David Tlale flagship store.
  • The David Tlale and Jean du Plessis joint exhibition marked the opening event for the rebranding of the Riboville Boutique Hotel into an art hotel. 

Earlier this year, luxury designer David Tlale, collaborated with cosmetics brand Avon, on a limited-edition accessories collection comprising of a handbag, clutch, and exaggerated frame sunglasses just the way David likes them.

It would appear that David Tlale has been hard at work - despite the lockdown - since then, retailing his fashions at independent designer platform Flying Solo in New York, and launching a new flagship store. 

David Tlale believes his new flagship store is about offering a curated consumer experience that is synonymous with the exclusivity and craftsmanship his brand has become known for - servicing their customers with excellence as the Riboville Group does.   

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David Tlale. Image supplied by Edith Venter Promotions 

When asked about his new partnership with the Riboville Collection, David Tlale says “Riboville Collection is a new way of doing things where you don’t just come to the hotel to just sleep and eat, but also infuse their lifestyle where the hotel now specialises in catering to their consumer’s interest in art, fashion, and food the George Sinovich [Riboville Collection founder] way.”  

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The David Tlale and Jean du Plessis joint exhibition forms part of a collaboration that shows how fashion can fuse commercially with art. It was launched three years ago in 2017 as a friendship when Jean moved into the same building. Only now in 2020 have people started wearing the collaboration as a distinct way to wear art and be walking ambassadors for the David Tlale brand.   

Jean du Plessis and David Tlale’s fashion-meets-art exhibition is titled 'Holding on to Each Other'. When asked to share the story of his sculpture exhibition, Jean says his titles and the stories that detail where they were derived from, sprouted as Covid influenced creativity.

He goes on to say the titles alone speak to where his mind was - Balance of Power, Beauty Awakens the Soul to Act, The Extravagance of More, The Extravagance of Less. “The work is a reminder to all of us out there to be mindful of our individual task at hand, to gather our thoughts in these times with regards to our humanity and selflessness to each other. In this time, introspection is key to finding ourselves again and to conduct yourself according to your own strengths and not that of others,” he adds.  

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So what exactly is the Riboville Collection?  

The Riboville Collection will provide local fashion and emerging mixed medium artists an opportunity to gain exposure and profit from their works being installed in the newly launched art hotel Riboville Boutique Hotel, leading restaurants Codfather (Sandton/Waterfall until November) and Bowl'd in Morningside. 

While the primary goal from a business standpoint is to make a profit, the core values are based on art sales and special events providing a vibrant art and fashion environment across the locations that makeup the Riboville Group.

The Ribovllle group has already facilitated sales for artist Velaphi, to the value of over R2 million during lockdown, and aims to replicate that impact through their recently launched art installation project across its three properties.

The founders of the Riboville Collection recognise that Pan African art is going through a global renaissance based on its investment potential. For that reason, the founders see it as an opportune time to leverage their database of art investors, enthusiast, aficionados, collectors to garner African art exposure that facilitates the continuation of emerging artists being able to fulfil their passion profitably.

Additional information and images provided by Edith Venter Promotions

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