Dolores Haze Is Fighting For Sustainability

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Fact: being an ethical shopper can be tough.  In a world of high street knock-off's and fast fashion, it's often difficult to get away with supporting brands who favor quality over quantity.  Enter Dolores Haze, the New York based brand that debuted at fashion week in 2013.  Founder Samantha Giordano prides herself on the brand's sustainability; for their latest collection, the brand's retro-inspired look is made from dead-stock fabric from the 90s. "We scoured fabric warehouses in NYC and LA for discarded rolls to use to create limited edition styles," says Giordano. "Using dead-stock fabrics reduces our carbon footprint. We also created bombers made with sustainable vegan Italian leather, produced without the harsh toxic processes used in most vegan leather production."   The result?  Apparel made for your inner 90s-girl-band-frontwoman that doesn't sacrifice your ethical soul.  (See: these "Feminist" hoop earrings and this velvet bomber jacket.)  What's more is that their socially-conscious core doesn't stop at production; for their most recent "Girl Power" line, Dolores Haze is donating 10% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood, to support women's healthcare in the United States.  

Because we're such a huge fan of what Dolores Haze stands for, we've teamed up with them to give away a $50 gift card and a Dolores Haze t-shirt.  We'll be running the contest until Wednesday, May 18.  Not feeling lucky?  Shop your heart out with the latest from Dolores Haze on their e-store.

Rules & Regulations: Contest is open worldwide until May 18, 2016. By entering you confirm that (1) You are above the age of majority or have parental/guardian permission (2) You give Couturesque and Dolores Haze the right to contact you and collect your information.  We will not distribute it out to other parties.  (3) Couturesque reserves the right to disqualify, cancel, change, etc. any rules, entries, prize details, or terms of the promotion at any time.  (4) Prize is non-substitutable and entrants take full responsibility and liability for any costs or risks associated.

Imagery c/o Dolores Haze

Are you also an advocate for girl power?  Get to know Adwoa Adboah, the model behind the Gurls Talk initiative.  Then, check out our tips for reducing your fashion footprint over here.

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