For many of us, when it comes to buying clothes, price and convenience matter more than where our clothing is made. Does that make us bad people? Not in my view, when being short on time and disposable income is a fact of life. But if you’re choosing between otherwise comparable brands, here are five reasons to go with a brand like Hanky Panky that manufactures in the United States.
When you ask women and lingerie gurus around the country why Hanky Panky is so popular, you invariably hear “It’s pretty, comfortable and it lasts forever.”
Employee at Hanky Panky’s production center in Queens, NY, sewing the Hanky Panky label into a Signature Lace waistband.
Local manufacture is key to the high quality of Hanky Panky garments, which have been made in New York since the company was founded in 1977. When it comes to quality control in apparel, there is no substitute for the hands-on oversight that Gale Epstein, our President and Creative Director, and her design and production teams, have over the manufacturing process, from fabric inspection, to cutting, to sewing. (Best-in-class materials and construction are also responsible for the durability of Hanky Panky underwear.)
#2. On Trend
Fast fashion is often criticized for junking up our closets with cheaply-made, “of the moment” clothing that is worn a handful of times and then tossed out. The old school wisdom of “buy better buy less” is also gaining traction among millennial shoppers.
Hanky Panky can offer lingerie that is both on trend and well-made because our time to production is shorter than that of brands who manufacture overseas.
Hanky Panky Signature Lace Cropped Tank ($42) and Valerie Bralette ($58) are designed to work with the cropped tops and plunging necklines trending this season.
#3. The Human Factor
The human cost of clothing that is inexpensive because it is manufactured overseas has received a lot of attention since 2013, when a clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed 1,135 people. While many apparel brands have pledged to improve working conditions for their overseas workers, the fact remains that the United States already has in place and enforces many laws that protect the health and safety of garment workers.
#4. Job Creation
Hanky Panky employs more than 165 men and women in New York, and provides steady work for New York-based sewing contractors and suppliers.
Somboon, a Hanky Panky seamstress who specializes in elastic lace trims, has been with the company for 20 years. Photo courtesy of Brian Goldman.
#5. Environmental Impact
Hanky Panky garments are finished locally, so they don’t have to be shipped across huge distances to reach our customers. This reduces CO2 emission and gas consumption. Whenever feasible, we source fabrics from the United States, where environmental and other laws guard against water pollution from textile dying. Our Signature Lace is knitted at mills in the Northeast, and the Supima® cotton used in the gussets of our thongs and panties is grown in the Southwest.