Study Links Comfortable Underwear to Higher Test Scores, Wages, for Women

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BALTIMORE, Maryland — Researchers at Janes Hatpins University today released the results of a decades-long study that proves what every woman already knows, namely that comfortable underwear is the cornerstone of academic and professional achievement.

“This study will change everything,” said Dr. Marge Simpson, who led the ten person research team. “There’s always been a lot of anecdotal evidence that pinching, gaping and wedgiefying underpants are the enemies of concentration,” says Dr. Simpson, “but now we have the numbers to prove it.”

The JHU study followed 1,000 women from their graduate school entrance exams through their first 10 years on the job. To meet the rigorous standards of The Scientific Method, the peer-reviewed journal that will publish the study’s results next month, the study ran numerous control groups. “We didn’t see big differences across disciplines,” said Dr. Simpson. “Basically, if you were wearing Hanky Panky, your MCAT/GMAT/LSAT/GRE scores were likely to be 20% higher than the test scores of women wearing Veronica’s Secret, Fruit That’s Lost It’s Bloom, Maidenhead or any other underwear brand. The story is the same when it comes to salaries: better panties means better performance means better compensation.”

Gale Epstein, the President and Creative Director of lingerie supernova Hanky Panky Ltd., said she was not surprised by the results. “We know what women need to succeed.”

Hanky Panky co-founder and CEO, Lida Orzeck, was more humble. “The wage gap is a serious issue. We’re happy to have played a small role in remedying it.”

-Clara

P.S. Happy April Fool’s Day!

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Double-crossed

The strappy trend, seen on catwalk models and stylish girls everywhere, has reached fever pitch!

Here are some of our favorite runway looks:

Sonia Rykiel, Spring/Summer 2015 (photograph courtesy of WGSN)

Sonia Rykiel, Spring/Summer 2015 (photograph courtesy of WGSN)

Paco Rabanne Pre-Summer 2015 (photograph courtesy of WGSN)

Paco Rabanne Pre-Summer 2015 (photograph courtesy of WGSN)

SB47 Pre-summer 2015

SB47 Pre-summer 2015 (Photograph courtesy of WGSN)

We love the look of extra straps under a low neckline or low-back dress or top, so we designed the Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with an extra set of soft elastic straps which can be worn three ways—crossed in back, crossed in front, or over one shoulder for an asymmetrical look.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps crossed in back.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps crossed in back.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps crossed in back.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps crossed in front.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps crossed in front.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps worn over one shoulder.

Black & Bright Strappy Bralette with straps worn over one shoulder.

The strappy bralette is available in Hot Fuchsia/Black, Island Blue/Black, and Tropical Punch/Black. Matching low rise thong, original rise thong, and boyshorts are also available.

Which look is your favorite?

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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A Big Step Towards a National Women’s History Museum

Suffragist Monument

Portrait monument to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott. Adelaide Johnson, 1920. Capitol Rotunda, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.

This time last year, we blogged about the movement to build a national women’s history museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Recently, the initiative took a major step forward when Congress passed legislation creating an eight-member commission to study the feasibility of building and operating a national women’s history museum.

The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in the House of Representatives, and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in the Senate. Representative Maloney has been trying to garner Congressional support for a national women’s history museum since the late 1990s. This latest version of the bill may have succeeded where earlier versions failed because of its bipartisan sponsorship and a proviso that the museum will be 100% privately funded. National Women’s History Museum, or NWHM, the nonprofit tasked with raising funds for the museum, estimates that the museum will cost $400 million to build. Click here if you would like to support NWHM.

Representative Maloney told the House that a museum devoted to women’s history is needed because “[w]ith each step we take forward, the steps behind us disappear.” This International Women’s Day, we can thank Representative Maloney and the other lawmakers who supported H.R. 863/S. 398 for taking an important step toward preserving U.S. women’s history.

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7 Ways to Repurpose Holiday Gift Boxes

Hanky Panky incorporates the “3 R’s” of environmentally-conscious living—Reduce, Reuse & Recycle—in just about every aspect of its manufacturing and corporate operations, including the striking gift packing for our Signature Lace Thong multi-packs. Hanky Panky gift boxes are made of recycled materials and are themselves recyclable (including the clear plastic panels used in the box tops, which is made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, plastic). But before you toss one of our beautiful gift boxes in the recycling bin, consider reusing it. To get your “creative environmentalism” juices flowing, here are seven ways Hanky Panky staffers repurpose our gift boxes:

Nail Polish Organizer

This darling polka dot box, originally used for a Hanky Panky Thong 5-Pack sold exclusively by Nordstrom, will have a second career as a nail polish organizer.

Manicure Care Package

A self-assembled manicure toolkit is an easy, useful and inexpensive gift for yourself or a friend. This leopard print silver box houses the Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong 4-Pack ($72), available in two colorways on hankypanky.com.

Jewelry Box

Organize and display your baubles in Hanky Panky’s unique gift boxes. The metallic leopard print heart box (left) is the romantic packaging for Hanky Panky’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Thong 3-Pack ($54), still available at select retailers.

Candy!

Purim begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th, Easter is around the corner, and colorful candy in a snazzy box is a great gift on any day!

Lipstick Case

Luscious lips deserve luxurious cases. Organize your favorite lipsticks and glosses in the metallic leopard gift box for Hanky Panky’s Original Rise Thong 2-Pack ($38). Available on hankypanky.com.

Office supplies

An organized desk helps keep an organized mind. Add some pizzaz to your office by storing supplies in a Hanky Panky glitter houndstooth gift box.

Gadgets

What would life be like if you could actually find the charger you needed when you needed it? One enterprising Hanky Panky staffer put our chevron print gift box to use in her mission to find out.

-Clara & Carrie

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For the Love of Undies

 

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All I can say is that after my first pair of Hanky Panky undies, I was sold. A long time thong wearer, I often struggled to find a brand that was actually made for my body. Voilà, along these came. The only bad part is that my one year old “puppy” also takes a fancy to them. Now, I love my Hank Panky thongs, but at $20 a pop, my dog’s thong obsession gets expensive. So I ask you, what do I choose? Food, Dog, or my Hanky Panky thongs? I say Ramen Noodles, obedience classes for my dog, and a birthday discount for those who will give up fine food for the love of this brand of undies!! Back to the store I go . . .

T. P. Dallas, TX

Do you have a Hanky Panky story you’d like to share? Submit it to thongdiary@hankypanky.com. If it is featured in the diary, we will send you a complimentary gift!

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The Modern Gal’s Trousseau

A friend of mine is getting married in June. Her mother and I, who happen to share a taste for 19th century chick lit (i.e., Anthony Trollope, Henry James and Edith Wharton), decided to resuscitate an old tradition for my friend’s bridal shower: the trousseau.

Trousseau-list

List of “under-linen” for the trousseau of a 19th century English bride, which in the author’s estimation “would form a liberal supply for a girl of the middle classes.” The Young Ladies’ Treasure Book, London, 1884.

Like the modern wedding registry, the bridal trousseau was a gift of material goods for use in married life. But the similarity ends with monogrammed bed and bath linens. Instead of All Clad pots and Kitchen Aid cake mixers, the trousseau consisted of items personal to the bride. For a well-to-do bride, this meant an entire wardrobe of new clothes, including new underwear. According to Godey’s Lady’s Book, the most widely circulated women’s magazine in mid-19th century America, a proper trousseau included 10 different day and evening dresses, cloaks, bonnets, jewelry, French scarves, Indian shawls, Spanish lace mantillas, morning robes, breakfast jackets, and “the many beautiful little articles of lingerie, which add so materially to the attractiveness of the toilette.” Typically, the bride’s family paid for her trousseau.

For our modern update on the trousseau, we gave my friend a set of lingerie and sleepwear essentials for her wedding, honeymoon, home and professional life. Splitting the cost among her mother and four bridesmaids, it came to $88 per person, plus tax. (Not too bad for NYC, but of course you can adjust up or down depending on the bridesmaids’ budget.)

1. A chemise that can do double-duty as romantic sleepwear and a slip under a skirt suit or dress.

Cross-Dye Antoinette Silky Skin Chemise

The Cross-Dye Antoinette Silky Skin Chemise is made from Hanky Panky’s exclusive ultra-lightweight microfiber filament rayon Lycra® spandex jersey and glides invisibly under clothing. Style No. 9N5991. $119 on hankypanky.com

 2. Dressy camisole is a go-to top on a honeymoon in a hot climate and the perfect underpinning for everyday suiting.

Signature Lace Applique Cami in Marshmallow. Style No. 484911. $59 on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Applique Cami in Marshmallow. Style No. 484911. $59 on hankypanky.com.

3. Who wants to worry about visible panty lines (VPL) on their Big Day?

BARE "Godiva" Hi-Rise Thong in Vanilla. Style No. 6J1921. $25. Available in a wide range of skin tones on hankypanky.com.

BARE “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong in Vanilla. Style No. 6J1921. $25. Available in a wide range of skin tones on hankypanky.com.

4. Something blue.

Annabel Leg Garter. Style No. 48B111. $20 on hankypanky,com

Annabel Leg Garter. Style No. 48B111. $20 on hankypanky,com

5. The perfect match, now and forever (well, at least for a long time, if treated carefully).

Annabelle Bralette. Style No. 487251. $50 on hankypanky.com.

Annabelle Bralette. Style No. 487251. $50 on hankypanky.com.

Annabelle Boyshort. Style No. 481231. $36 on hankypanky.com.

Annabelle Boyshort. Style No. 481231. $36 on hankypanky.com.

6. Just for fun.

Hanky Panky's Signature Lace Teddy is crotchless and has a thong back. Style No. 488406. $69. Available in Tulip Pink and Black on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace Teddy is crotchless and has a thong back. Style No. 488406. $69. Available in Tulip Pink and Black on hankypanky.com.

7. Sexy, beautiful, comfortable basics.

Low Rise Thong 3-Pack (Black, Chai & White). Style No. 49113PK. $60 on hankypanky.com.

Low Rise Thong 3-Pack (Black, Chai & White). Style No. 49113PK. $60 on hankypanky.com.

-Clara

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I <3 Hanky Panky

 

Thong Diary

I just received my order today, and wanted to share the gratitude and joy that your lovely lingerie brings to my life.

As a baker, my work schedule consists of very early mornings (many would consider it the middle of the night) and very physical work, which leaves little time to work on my feminine appearance: no makeup, hair thrown back, jeans and t-shirt.

To compensate, my underwear has always made me feel good, and it reminds me that I am still an attractive woman!

I have been a long time buyer of Hanky Panky thongs (my first pair dates back to 2000 and is still in great condition), but in the last year my collection has been a real source of pleasure during a very difficult time.

Last year my marriage completely fell apart. Nine years together, six years married, and over in three weeks flat. Done. Over. Out. Practically overnight I had to move, downgrade my car, my finances seemed shaky and I felt like a complete wreck. It was a kick in the self esteem department.

My love of baking, my small business, customers, friends, loving family and the wonderful community of fellow bakers and cooks in my city anchored me in this stormy period of my life. From this adversity came true inner strength, fortitude and perseverance. They say 40 is the age of transformation and boy do I know it!

During this time I also found comfort in buying myself new Hanky Panky undies. Maybe once a week or twice a month—whenever the mood strikes—I go pick up a pair here and there and then find a color or print I like for next time. My friends joke about my addiction. But my Hanky Panky thongs remind me that no matter how much someone has hurt me or rejected me, I know I am still special and I deserve love. Especially to myself from myself.

So last week I decided to order myself a treat for Valentine’s Day because you know, a newly single gal does not need to feel deprived on such a day!

I had never ever ordered online before…what a treat! I looked forward to my Hanky Panky order all week. When I received it today, it warmed my heart. When I opened my package, I saw that you hand pack every order with tissue and stickers. I love the care you put into your packaging and that you are conscious of minimal packaging and box size.

And did I mention the underwear itself? LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I find great pleasure in opening up my lingerie drawer. It feels like a jack-in-the-box bursting with beautiful prints and colors and new thongs for my new life. I look forward to sharing my life with someone else someday and he will also benefit from my collection too. But for now, I keep them just for me.

So I just wanted to say thank you.

I love Hanky Panky.

I love they are made in the USA.

I love how much integrity you put into your work. I love that they are made in New York. And I love how you make people’s lives all the richer with your wonderful products.

Can’t wait to order again!

Most Sincerely,

Sarah B.
Minneapolis, MN

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Goats, Don’t Forget Your Red Underwear Today

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

The Year of the Goat kicks off today, with fireworks, pageantry and celebrations across Asia and in Chinatowns around the world.

Chinese New Year 2015

2015 is the Year of the Goat

According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese animal zodiac, or Shēngxiào, was an effort to simplify the sexagenary, or 60-year, “stem and branch” calendar system used by government officials during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).  Rather than recording history using 10 Heavenly Stems for years and 12 Earthly Branches for months, the zodiac is five cycles of 12 years each, with each of the 12 years denoted by a different animal: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Simpler? I don’t know. My head hurts. I need to Quantum Leap back to Ancient China for some remedial math lessons.)

Shēngxiào means “birth likeness,” which tells me that Susan Miller of AstrologyZone.com was not the first person to realize that the timing of our birth influences our character and lives. So, if you were born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 or 2015, let me tell you a little about yourself.

First, you are a goat. I’m sorry, but it’s true. We can’t all be dragons.

Second, this could be a hard year for you. Because you were born in a Year of the Goat in an earlier cycle, and it is the Year of the Goat in our current cycle, you’re all out of luck. Ben Ming Nian baby! To avoid financial ruin, divorce, and a lot of other bad stuff happening to you this year, you’ve got to maximize the few lucky breaks astrology has granted you:

  • If you play the Lotto, hit up numbers 2 and 7 hard,
  • Wait until August 7th or 30th to ask that sweetie out on a date (if she’s OOO in August, you have to wait until November, sorry),
  • Walk North at all times, every day, for the rest of the year, and
  • Wear red underwear, especially today, but if possible, everyday, preferably a different pair, preferably a red Hanky Panky thong, V-kini, bikini or boyshort.
Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Red. $20 on hankypanky.com.

If you are a Goat, this little slip of red lace could be the only thing standing between you and disaster this year. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Red. $20 on hankypanky.com.

-Clara

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Gal-entine’s Day

MET Costume Institute_Gift of Gale Epstein

The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds several gorgeous pieces of vintage Hanky Panky, including this bra and panty set from 1980, made from vintage handkerchiefs. Gale gave Lida a similar set as a birthday present, and a lasting and fruitful partnership was born.

Tomorrow is for celebrating the thrilling frission of romantic love. I am going to listen to Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” and reread my favorite passages in The Once and Future King (no one does the wounded lover pout like Guenever, or is as manly in defeat to love as Lancelot). But thanks to Amy Poehler and the brilliant gang on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, today is for honoring friendship among girls. Words of the day are “Hoes before Bros,” “ovaries before brovaries,” BFF and besties.

"Love and Friendship" by Emily Bronte

Framed reprint of Emily Brontë’s 1850 poem “Love and Friendship”. Available at Book Culture on 450 Columbus Avenue, NY, NY 10024.

Hanky Panky began with the friendship of our co-founders, Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck. Gale and Lida met during their college years, and remained close after graduation. One year, Gale designed and sewed a bra and panty set to give to Lida as a birthday present, made from the vintage handkerchiefs that Gale was collecting at the time. Lida loved her present. Together, the friends decided that other women would also appreciate the styles, and they hit upon a winning name, “Hanky Panky.” Gale went back to her studio and expanded the two pieces to a collection, which Lida then sold to top lingerie departments and stores throughout New York City. Just like that, a star of American design and manufacturing was born. Today, Hanky Panky makes American-made and -sourced clothing that millions of women love to wear, in the process employing hundreds of local workers.

-Clara

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Goblin Market – sisterly bond with fantasies, fears and underpinnings

Rossetti-golden head by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti-golden head by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (date unknown). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In our own Hudson Valley there is a very special performance at the Philipstown Depot Theatre, a darling, repurposed train station in Garrison, NY. This enchanting production of Goblin Market, a chamber musical adapted by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon from the poem by Christina Rosetti, 1830-1894, sister of the pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti, portrays the unique bond between sisters. Two stunning actresses, Maia Guest and Jenn Lee, bring this delightful piece to life, reciting and singing to music composed by Pen. In the Depot’s intimate setting, the performance is like a vintage music box come to life.

Goblin Market

Lizzie, played by Maia Guest (left), tries to tempt her more cautious sister Laura, played by Jenn Lee (right), with a forbidden fruit from the goblin market. Photograph courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre.

A flashback of sorts, the young sisters share their fears and fantasies, loaded with erotic symbolism, of a traveling exotic fruit market run by menacing goblin men and life threatening, forbidden fruits. Stripped to their modest Victorian layers of chemise, bloomers, and corset, the effect is further charged.

“Golden head by golden head,/Like two pigeons in one nest/Folded in each other’s wings,/They lay down in their curtain’d bed:” (Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market,” 1862.) Photograph courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre.

As one of six sisters, I was so touched by the power of sisterly devotion this production conveyed. As co-founder of the lingerie company that cherishes and promotes the sharing nature of sisterhood, I loved the reinforcement of this message.

Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY

The Depot Theatre is housed in the former Garrison train station, which was built in 1892-1893. The original train depot was featured in the film, “Hello Dolly” with Barbra Streisand.

-Gale Epstein | Creative Director & President

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