Wear your patriotism on your sleeve! You can support plenty of American-made fashion brands, with help from TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas:
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From Nanette Lepore to Jason Wu, there are many dedicated designers out there who make manufacturing here at home a priority. A contemporary favorite of our own Hoda Kotb is Amy Matto, an New York City-based designer and supporter of the U.S. garment industry. This year, in honor of Independence Day, Matto is offering up her signature front twist dress in sleeveless and long sleeve for a special sale price of $99 (Amymatto.com).
And of course, an all-American round-up wouldn't be complete without a dose of denim. The classic textile is commonly manufactured stateside, with fashion-forward brands like J Brand, Siwy, Habitual and Longhorn Jeans all taking pride in producing their goods locally (Siwy Denim $154-284, Lesters.com; Habitual Denim $185-$265, Shopbop.com; $70-$110, Longhornjeans.com).
USA style search
Even though many companies utilize our country's resources, it can be tough to track them down amidst the sea of goods from overseas. One trick for finding those "Made in the USA" labels quickly? Simply search for the phrase "made in USA" on department store websites likes Macys.com and Nordstrom.com, and select items should pop up ($9.99-$298, Macys.com; $15 & Up, Nordstrom.com). Just be sure to confirm the tag in the product's description. There are also specialty sites dedicated solely to the sourcing American-made products. Consider bookmarking pages such as AmericanLoveAffair.com and KeepAmerica.com, which both feature an assortment of items from basics to bling ($12 & up, KeepAmerica.com).
Last but not least, look to talented craftsman to accent to your wardrobe. Gorjana.com, Griffinmen.com, Sorayabyrozi.com and AlexandAni.com are boutique contemporary brands that offer an stylish assortment of jewelry with the added benefit of being made here at home ($25-$195, Gorjana.com; Griffinmen.com; $25-$60, Sorayabyrozi.com; Team USA Collection $28-$148, Alexandani.com).
When it comes to footwear, Sbicca is a favorite that's been hand-making shoes in the U.S. for almost a century, while Oka B's shoes are not only made here, but are also affordable, waterproof and 100 percent recyclable (Sandals $64-$80, Sbiccafootwear.com; Ballet Flats $45, Oka-b.com). And finally, Farr West slips have decorative trims that add length and style to shorter dresses and skirts; they're the perfect way to help maximize your wardrobe while taking small steps to help your country ($25.00 & up, Farrwest.com).
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