”I LOVE LEARNING. I ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT EVERYTHING. I WANT TO DO SO MANY THINGS.“
worlds existed, she got obsessed and researched about them. “This is weird because I’m not interested about the sex particularly, but the weird stuff that revolves around it. I read about autobiographies, cultural movements and subcultures.” She owns a hipster handbook, books about punk, and autobiographies on strong female characters. “I love learning. I always want to know about everything. I want to do so many things.”
Months back, Dulce planned a fundraising for Yolanda. She could have just sold clothes to raise money, but she stubbornly refused. “I went, ‘I’m not going to sell stuff, I’m going to make this a huge project and raise millions.’ It speaks so much of how I am as a person.” Go big or go home, as Dulce says. But she couldn’t lift the project off the ground, and she got upset, depressed, even. She admits that her number one flaw is that she does not take failure well.
“It’s my strong sense of competitiveness,” she admits. When she won first runnerup at the Mega Young Designers Competition in 2006, she was upset. “I was so bitter. I really was. I always want to win. That year, the prize included a chance to move to Canada. I was like, ‘[ I didn’t win] because I’m not for Canada, I’m for London!” But right now, who really cares? Once, when she was studying in Central Saint Martins, an instructor asked her to write concrete points on how she would measure her success. She recalls writing immediately: For her brand to be sold globally. A goal achieved, and pursued continuously. Mich Dulce hats have stockists not just in London but also in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok.
Dulce is nothing but strong-willed — she knows what she wants, and she will go out there and get it. Men must be intimidated, this writer remarks. When the topic of dating comes up, she immediately comments, rolling her eyes, “Oh my God, I am so undateable.” But Dulce admits she loves online dating, and even met a friend through it who gave her what she thinks is the best advice. “He said to me, ‘ If people are intimidated by you because you’re too strong, it just means you have to date a higher kind, someone who will not be intimidated.’”
And finally, she reveals her aspirations on having a family. “I want kids. I’m built to have a family, to be a wife, and I don’t see anything wrong with that,” says Dulce resolutely. She believes one does not need to reject femininity to be a feminist. “That’s my take on feminism. I don’t want to be the man of the house, I just want to raise my kids really well.” Dulce tells, almost like a promise, that the only time she will be complacent about her craft is when she becomes a mother. “It's such a big part of being a woman. Why would that be a bad thing? It’s just making your own decisions. Feminism is about the freedom of choice of what you want to do and which parts of being a female you're willing to embrace. It’s not settling for something [outside the norm], it’s just choosing what you want to do, and having the freedom to do it.”
But she raises her hands in indignation and says, “But I have the worst love life in the world!” She partly blames it on her moving around a lot: She’ll spend a few months in New York, move to London, then to Paris and Manila and back. Although as she gives this interview, Dulce is hours away from a flight to Paris where she will reside for a few years, and it will be the first time she will be staying in one city for quite a while. Maybe she’ll settle down, maybe she won’t, but at the young age of 32 with a global