Mich DulceWhen a designer can boast celebrity clients including Vogue Nippon editor Anna Dello Russo, Dita Von Teese, British singers Paloma Faith and Adam Ant, as well as product placement on television series like Gossip Girl and The Carrie Diaries, it’s fair to say they’ve hit the big time. And in the case of Philippine-born, London-trained milliner, fashion designer, actress and rock vocalist Mich Dulce, there really is no secret why her original headwear in particular has enjoyed such resounding success.
To start with, there were Dulce’s stints at London’s College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins, followed by NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Then came a visibility-enhancing appearance on the Philippines version of Celebrity Big Brother, and the prestigious 2010 British Council International Young Creative Entrepreneur gong. Oh, and in amongst it all was of course her ever-growing collection of men’s and ladies’ hats, created in Manila with a socially-conscious and philanthropic bent using local tribal textiles and employing craftswomen via the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation. Best-selling styles include the two-tone Triple Bunny Topper, the cream Veiled Antenna Orchid Headband and the Darma Beret for her, and the Double Leaf Cop Cap for him. With international acclaim has come easier access to the designs, and stockists based as far afield as London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok, so check online for full details and put a super-stylish lid on it!