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    >>> we are back with our special series "made in america ." today's tuesday trend takes a patriotic turn.

    >> here with her favorite americana finds is our "today" style editor bobbie thomas.

    >> i'm so excited. britney mom's kathie is here with us. britney is one of our favorite people here at the "today" show. at today.com we are kicking off a whole made in america week along with you. we are going to pick a contest winner, too. there are many dedicated designers like lynette lapore and jason laroux who make things here in the usa . this is a signature front twist dress.

    >> i've seen that on hoda.

    >> she manufacturers it here in new york. for independence it's $99 for the sleeve and sleeveless version.

    >> does it have give in the fabric?

    >> it's so comfortable.

    >> it's not too thin. has a slip underneath. her bag which we'll show, and earrings, all made in america .

    >> beautiful. thank you.

    >> we love your daughter.

    >> then made in america , we love our blue jeans . one of my girlfriends designs one of the best fitting blue jeans here. made in america with love. habitual, j. brands. you can find anything. on the website i list where you can buy them. you can find any color, any wash, any size.

    >> and they fit.

    >> any fit for anyone.

    >> these are fun.

    >> i want to point something cool out. you can search for made in america on department store websites. nordstrom. you type in the search "made in the usa " it will show you items made in the u.s. i'm wearing a dress from nordstrom that is $80, made in the usa . whoops, there is a slip on the side. macy's, bar 3, you want to see that it's made in the usa . most of the time lane bryant , that does it. you can make that extra step to search for made in the usa .

    >> it's possible.

    >> and it's easy. american designers are stylish. i love this website called keep america .com. they source all things from jewelry like this which is great to home goods. gorgiana, great accessories like handbags and leather bracelets and statement jewelry. beautiful stuff again. everything is listed online. shoes. feel these inside. these are sandals made in california.

    >> oh, gosh.

    >> this is like walking on pillows, plus you get the heel. i swear by these. growing up in l.a. i loved this line sbicca. this is so great. ohka bee. these flats are adorable, with or without the embellishment. last but not least when i was showing off my underwear, this is one of my favorite lines, far west . they can extend the short dress. this is helping me get away with wearing this dress. they have the chemise in long or the skirt version. it is such a saving

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updated 7/3/2012 9:15:23 AM ET 2012-07-03T13:15:23

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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Fashion favorites
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).

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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).

Sbicca, gorjana
Made in America: Chic wedge sandals from Sbicca and color-blocked bags from Gorjana.

American-made accents
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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Photos: America's national parks

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  1. Acadia

    Acadia National Park in Maine boasts the highest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic Coast and was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Visitors beware: temperatures can vary 40 degrees -- from 45 degrees to 85 degrees in the summer and from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in the spring and fall. (Gareth Mccormack / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Rocky Mountain

    Bear Lake, with mountainside aspens changing colors in mid-autumn, is one of the popular attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. (Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Badlands

    The climate in South Dakota's Badlands National Park is extreme. Temperatures range from minus 40 degrees in the dead of winter to 116 degrees in the height of summer. Visitors are drawn to the park's rugged beauty as well as the area's rich fossil beds. (Mark Newman / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Yosemite

    One of the nation's first wilderness parks, Yosemite is known for its waterfalls, scenic valleys, meadows and giant sequoias. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. North Cascades National Park

    The North Cascades National Park complex offers something for everyone: Monstrous peaks, deep valleys, hundreds of glaciers and phenominal waterfalls. The complex includes the park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Zion

    This spectacular corner of southern Utah is a masterpiece of towering cliffs, deep red canyons, mesas, buttes and massive monoliths. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Redwood

    Created in 1968, Redwood National Park is located in Northern California. Today, visitors to the national park can enjoy the massive trees as well as an array of wildlife. (David Gotisha / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeast California. The area was made a national monument in 1936 and a national park in 1994. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Great Smoky Mountains

    Straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses more than 800 square miles in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Visitors can expect mild winters and hot, humid summers, though temperatures can differ drastically as the park's elevation ranges from 800 feet to more than 6,600 feet. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Arches

    More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, many of them recognizable worldwide, are preserved in Utah's Arches National Park. Temperatures can reach triple digits in the summer and can drop to below freezing in the winter. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Grand Teton

    The Snake River flows through Grand Teton National Park, and the jagged Teton Range rises above the sage-covered valley floor. Daytime temperatures during summer months are frequently in the 70s and 80s, and afternoon thunderstorms are common. (Anthony P. Bolante / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Haleakala

    Visitors watch the sun rise at 10,000 feet in Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii. If weather permits, visitors at the top of the mountain can see three other Hawaiian islands. (The Washington Post via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Grand Canyon

    Grand Canyon National Park is perhaps the most recognizable national park. Nearly 5 million visitors view the mile-deep gorge every year, formed in part by erosion from the Colorado River. The North and South rims are separated by a 10-mile-wide canyon. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Yellowstone

    Yellowstone National Park, America's first national park, was established in 1872. The park spans parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk live in the park. It is well known for Old Faithful and other geothermal features. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Mount Rainier

    Glaciers. Rainforests. Hiking trails. Mount Rainier National Park, located in Washington state, offers incredible scenery and a diverse ecology. The park aims to be carbon neutral by 2016. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Hawaii Volcanoes

    Two of the world's most active volcanoes can be found within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In 1980, the national park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve; in 1987, it was added as a World Heritage Site. (David Jordan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Everglades

    Everglades National Park covers the nation's largest subtropical wilderness. It is also a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance. Visitors to the park can camp, boat, hike and find many other ways to enjoy the outdoors. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Glacier

    A view from atop the Grinnell Glacier Overlook trail in Glacier National Park. With more than 700 miles of trails the park is known for its glaciers, forests, alpine meadows and beautiful lakes. (Matt McKnight / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Bryce Canyon

    Located in southwestern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its distinctive geological structures called "hoodoos." (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Crater Lake

    The brilliant blue Crater Lake, located in southern Oregon, was formed when Mount Mazama, standing at 12,000 feet, collapsed 7,700 years ago after a massive eruption. Crater Lake is one of the world's deepest lakes at 1,943 feet. (David Gotisha / msnbc.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Olympic

    Washington state's Olympic National Park offers visitors beaches on the Pacific Ocean, glacier-capped mountain peaks and everything in between. Keep the weather in mind when visiting, though, as roads and facilities can be affected by wind, rain and snow any time of year. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Sequoia and Kings Canyon

    A woman stands among a grove of a Giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park in Central California. The trees, which are native to California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, are the world's largest by volume, reaching heights of 275 feet and a ground level girth of 109 feet. The oldest known Giant Sequoia based on its ring count is 3,500 years old. (Mark Ralston / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Denali

    Alaska's Denali National Park spans 6 million acres and includes the 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, North America's tallest peak. Many park visitors try to catch a glimpse of the "big five" -- moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves and grizzly bear. (National Park Service) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Kenai Fjords National Park

    The National Park Service considers the 8.2-mile round-trip on Harding Icefield Trail in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park to be strenuous, saying hikers gain about 1,000 feet of elevation with each mile. (National Park Service via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Death Valley

    California's Death Valley encompasses more than 3.3 million acres of desert wilderness. In 1849, a group of gold rush pioneers entered the Valley, thinking it was a shortcut to California. After barely surviving the trek across the area, they named the spot "Death Valley." In the 1880s, native peoples were pushed out by mining companies who sought the riches of gold, silver, and borax. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Wind Cave

    Bison graze in Wind Cave National Park in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. Millions of bison were slaughtered by white hunters who pushed them to near-extinction by the late 1800s. Recovery programs have brought the bison numbers up to nearly 250,000. (David McNew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Canyonlands

    The Lower Basins Zone is outlined by the white rim edge as seen from the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Shenandoah

    Fall colors blanket the Shenandoah National Park, drawing tourists to Skyline Drive to view the scenery. (Karen Bleier / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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