Holiday Lingerie Cookies by Carrie

Did you know? Long before Carrie was a Graphic Designer at Hanky Panky, she decorated cakes at Lower East Side bakery Sugar Sweet Sunshine. We took advantage of her sweet skills when creating imagery for our Holiday 2018 marketing. 

Lingerie and winter themed cookies and lingerie.

Our Sweetest Season campaign has caused quite the sensation!

The holidays are coming, and who doesn’t love sweet holiday treats? When creating our marketing imagery for Hanky Panky’s “Sweetest Season” campaign, I created homemade gingerbread cookies with Hanky Panky flair.

Holiday Lingerie Gingerbread Cookies by Carrie of Hanky Panky

The campaign has been very well-received, and our customer service department has even received requests for the cookies! Since we’re not in the cookie business, here is how I made them.

I started with a basic gingerbread cookie recipe from Bon Appetit magazine. [Here is a vegan gingerbread recipe, if needed.] After rolling out the dough, I used some fun cookie cutters to create the cookies.

Here are some of the cutters I used:

“Camisole” top

Bralette and Panty (to make  the “thongs” I cut off the side tie shapes with a knife)

Snowflakes

After cutting, I baked the cookies according to the recipe, and allowed to cool thoroughly.

Lingerie shaped cookies with royal icing outlines. After cooling, it's time to decorate!

After cooling, it’s time to decorate!

After the cookies had cooled, it was time to decorate! I used Alton Brown’s royal icing recipe. [Here is an eggless royal icing recipe, if needed.]

To decorate, I laid the cookies on waxed paper, and used a pastry bag with a small round tip for the royal icing. I started decorating by creating the outlines and scalloped “lace” edges. After the outlines were complete, then I went back and filled in the cookies with various patterns—cross hatching, dots, and stripes.

Lingerie shaped cookies with royal icing outlines. After cooling, it's time to decorate!

Fill in the cookies with whatever pattern you prefer.

Ta-da!

Now it’s time to enjoy the sweet reward of all your hard work.

-Carrie, Graphic Designer

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Tops to Ward off Autumn Chills

It is finally Fall here in NYC, and with the cool crisp air, come comfy, cozy layers. Here are a few of our favorite fall tops and bodysuits for layering to help you keep warm during the chilly months to come.

Black 4x3 Rib Funnel Neck 1171L

Our rib funnel neck top is an employee and customer favorite!

Our soft rayon-spandex 4 x 3 rib knit is the perfect weight to keep you warm but not hot, and the lettuce edge finish lends a touch of whimsy to this wardrobe workhorse. This comfy fabric is available in sizes S to XL in a long sleeve funnel neck top (shown), sleeveless funnel neck top, and a long sleeved crew neck top (sizes S to L only).

Hanky Panky Odyssey Blue Signature Lace Unlined V-Neck Boatneck 2-Way Top

This multi-way top gives you two looks for the price of one.

This top has options! Our Signature Lace Unlined V-Neck Boatneck 2-Way Top can be worn as a v-neck or boatneck, giving you multiple looks from just one top. Available in sizes XS to XL in Black, Marshmallow, and Odyssey Blue.

Hanky Panky Lace Long Sleeve Bodysuit, worn with a circle skirt. STYLE 488596

Our new long sleeve signature lace bodysuit looks great with skirts, trousers, jeans, and dresses.

Our newest signature lace bodysuit is a comfortable and incredibly versatile layer. Wear it layered over a bandeau with high waist jeans, or under a sleeveless dress as an elegant jumper and top combo. Leg lengthening high-cut leg and snap closure. Available in sizes S to L in black and red signature lace.

Hanky Panky Long Sleeve Signature Lace Top in Enchanted Teal

Our long sleeve Signature Lace top can be dressed up or dressed down for almost any occasion!

Our long sleeved Signature Lace jewel neck top embodies elegance and comfort. Available in sizes XS to XL and 1X to 3X in an assortment of essential classics and seasonal fashion colors.

Hanky Panky White Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Top with scoop neckline.

Our long sleeved organic cotton top is supremely comfortable.

Our organically-grown Supima® cotton-spandex long sleeved top is great on its own or layered under almost anything. The ultra-fine jersey is soft and smooth. Available in black or white, in sizes S to L.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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10 Ways to Fight Hate

Pittsburgh.  Charlottesville.  Wisconsin.  Charleston.

It’s easy to feel powerless against these vile and highly visible acts of hate, but there are concrete steps we all can take in order to help fight hatred and intolerance in our communities and beyond. I invite you to read Southern Poverty Law Center’s  “Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide” for guidance on how to stand up against bigotry in your community.

-Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky Co-founder, CEO and SPLC Board Member

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Happy Bat Week 2018!

“Batty Thongs” created by Nadina of the Hanky Panky Graphics Department.

Did you know that bats play critically important roles in the health of ecosystems around the world, including the control of insect populations, agricultural pests and disease-carrying insects such as mosquitoes? Over 500 plants depend on bats for pollination including bananas, cocoa, and agave and fruit eating bats are seed dispersers for many tropical fruit trees. Conserving the world’s bats and their ecosystems ensures a healthy planet.

And Happy Halloween!

Dwarf epauletted fruit bat (Micropteropus).

Dwarf epauletted fruit bat (Micropteropus). Image used under license from Shutterstock.com.

Learn more about these fascinating creatures and how you can help them here:

BatWeek.org

Bat Conservation International

Wildlife Conservation Society

-Gale, Co-Founder, President & Creative Director

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You Can Help Prevent Endangered Forest Fibers

Theo Crazzolara Beech Forest

Austrian Beech Trees © Theo Crazzolara (Used under a creative commons license.)

Rayon, Viscose, Tencel™ Modal, Tencel™ Lyocell, Bamboo, Cupro, Acetate. What do all these fibers have in common?

They’re all regenerated cellulose fibers. This means they are man-made fibers that are created from cellulose, AKA plant material.

Yay, plants, right? Biodegradable! Compostable! Breathable! Renewable!

Not so fast.

The processes used to create these various fibers and the raw materials used vary greatly by manufacturer and type. And many low-cost viscose rayon and bamboo fibers are made using methods that are hazardous to workers. The viscose method uses chemicals such as Carbon Disulfide (CS2) in its manufacture which  can be detrimental to environmental and worker health if not responsibly managed. Additionally, if the raw plant materials used are not responsibly sourced, creating these types of fibers can also lead to the destruction of ancient and endangered forests, which contributes to loss of biodiversity and hastens climate change.

According to Canadian forest advocacy group CanopyPlanet,

Hanky Panky has always been concerned about the sustainability and environmental impact of manufacturing our products. Our purchasing director audits our suppliers to determine the specific origins of the fibers used in our fabrics. We are pleased with where we are on the great majority of our core, ongoing fabrics and are working with our suppliers where there is room for improvement.

Our solid Logo to Go lingerie is made with eco-conscious Lenzing Tencel Modal fibers.

Our solid Logo to Go lingerie is made with eco-conscious Tencel™ Modal fibers.

Tencel™ Modal

Our Logo to Go and modal sleepwear jersey fabrics are knitted in California with Tencel™ Modal fibers, made by Austrian fiber company Lenzing. Lenzing has long been an industry leader in sustainable fiber production. The raw plant materials used to create our Logo to Go modal jersey are sustainably managed beech trees, grown in Austria and surrounding countries. The beech forests used are FSC® (C041246) or PEFC™ certified.

The beech wood pulp is converted into Modal fibers using a responsibly managed, sustainable process, wherein the water, byproducts created and chemicals used are reclaimed, and either sold as co-products or purified and returned to the environment in the condition they were taken. Additionally, Lenzing’s Tencel™ Modal fibers are EU Ecolabel certified for minimizing their environmental impact along every stage of the fiber production, and as they are manufactured in Austria, they are subject to Austria and the EU’s strict environmental regulations.

Additionally, in order to protect worker health, Lenzing employs the “Best Available Technology which ensures that people are protected from harm. Exposure to CS2  is regulated by law through an occupational exposure limit (OEL) which is an upper limit on the acceptable concentration of a hazardous substance in workplace air. Lenzing complies with the respective legislation, observe limits, ensures a yearly occupational health-check specific for CS2 exposure and provides its workforce with appropriate supervision, training and personnel protective equipment,” according to Lenzing’s Senior Sustainability Expert, Dr. K. Christian Schuster.

Our soft and comfy heather jersey is made with Lenzing brand fibers.

Our soft and comfy heather jersey is made with Lenzing brand fibers.

Lenzing™ Viscose

Our soft and comfy Heather Jersey is also knitted in California using Lenzing™ viscose rayon fibers, which are created from sustainably sourced wood and are also manufactured using Lenzing’s sustainable and responsibly-managed processes.

Hanky Panky Silky is made from Rainforest Alliance and FSC Certified Fibers

Our Hanky Panky Silky is made with Rainforest Alliance® and FSC® Certified filament rayon fibers

ENKA® Filament Viscose

Our luxurious microfiber filament rayon Hanky Panky Silky jersey is knitted in California with fibers produced in Germany and Poland by German fiber manufacturer, ENKA®.  In addition, the two-tone cross dyed all-over lace used in our cross dyed signature lace collection is knitted in New Jersey and also uses ENKA filament viscose rayon fibers, blended with nylon. Under the framework of the CanopyStyle Initiative, ENKA is a Rainforest Alliance® certified company, and only sources its raw materials from FSC® certified forests.

Additionally, the fiber production is conducted under the strict environmental regulations of Germany and the EU, so unlike some less responsible viscose producers, no harmful waste is released into the environment, and workers are adequately protected from the substances used in the production. ENKA also employs technology to reclaim as much of the raw materials as possible, minimizing waste and increasing efficiency, regularly monitor their emissions, and also employ an independent monitoring service to ensure that no harmful substances are released into the environment.

Our Cross-Dyed Signature Lace is knitted in New Jersey with FSC® and Rainforest Alliance® Certified ENKA® viscose, blended with nylon.

Our Allover Cross-Dyed Signature Lace is knitted in New Jersey with FSC® and Rainforest Alliance® Certified ENKA® viscose, blended with nylon.

As you can see, even superficially similar fabrics made from the same general type of fibers can have very different ecological footprints. If you’re concerned about destructive deforestation and the negative environmental impact of cellulosic fiber production, look for items with branded fibers or reach out to your favorite brands and ask for their fabrics’ “pedigrees,” and any external independent certifications.

Public concern over these issues is causing more and more brands to become increasingly transparent in their sourcing, so hopefully in the near future, this information will be easily accessible to all consumers.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Fall 2018: Once Upon a Dream

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Colors

New Signature Lace Colors!

Our Fall 2018 collection is a romantic journey through your favorite fairy tales.

PALETTE: Once Upon a Dream

The Signature Lace Palette consists of a mix of rich tones and sophisticated neutrals: Hickory a red-brown wine, Sriracha red, Shining Armor gray, Water Lily lilac, Valiant Purple, Stardust copper suntan metallic, Belle Pink, Pistachio Ice, Odyssey Blue, Topaz and Enchanted Forest Teal. New Signature Lace styles include a versatile 2-way long sleeve top and the perfect v-neck chemise (coming soon!). The new Cotton With a Conscience® color is Water Lily.

Our dark ground Eden floral print is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings.

Our Eden Print is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings.

July: Vanitas

The first delivery of Fall 2018 is rich and mysterious. Prints include Eden, a sophisticated black-ground floral that evokes 17th century Dutch still life paintings; Grey Python, a chic gray snake print; and Pixie Dot, petite black dots on vanilla lace. Exquisite new introductions include the Regency Collection, our elegant new fashion lace, in black/marshmallow and beige/slate cross-dyed lace.

Hanky Panky Bralettes and bottoms in Enchanted Forest and Rapunzel.

Bralettes and bottoms in Enchanted Forest and Rapunzel.

August: Magic Garden

The second delivery of Fall 2018 is beautiful and romantic. Signature Lace prints include Florentina, lilac floral on deep ocean blue ground; Rapunzel, a trendy yellow ground print with purple and blue flowers; and Agate, a sophisticated geode print, created in collaboration with celebrity jeweler Kimberly McDonald. The fashion collection this delivery is Rose Gold, a black and beige jewel-patterned lace with rose gold-colored metallic hardware. The New Cross-Dyed Lace and Heather combination is Navy – Bright Amethyst.

Hanky Panky Florentina Print Retro Lace and Water Lily Organic Cotton Jersey

Florentina Print Retro Lace and Water Lily Organic Cotton Jersey

September: Fairyland

The third delivery of Fall 2018 sweet and magical. Prints include Thumbelina, tiny pink, peach and white flowers on a black ground. The new Cross-Dyed Signature and Retro Lace combination is Navy-Pink. The fashion group for this delivery is Marquise lace in Black and Water Lily. The new Logo-to-Go color is Hickory.

Hanky Panky Thumbelina Print Crop Cami and Girlkini.

Thumbelina Print Crop Cami and Girlkini.

October: Briar Rose

The final delivery of Fall 2018 is in full bloom. Prints include Blanchefleur, pretty pastel tea roses on a pink ground and Empress Floral, polychrome flowers on a rich beaujolais ground. Our ultra-soft rayon-spandex jersey print is Violets are Blue, black jersey with petite jewel-toned blooms.

Hanky Panky's Blanchefleur Print is sweet and romantic.

Our Blanchefleur Print is sweet and romantic.

See more of the inspiration behind the season on our Pinterest board!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Introducing Hanky Panky x Kimberly McDonald

Hanky Panky + Kimberly McDonald Camisole & Low Rise Thong

Hanky Panky + Kimberly McDonald Camisole & Low Rise Thong

Hanky Panky is proud to partner with acclaimed jeweler Kimberly McDonald on an exclusive capsule collection for Fall 2018.

Kimberly McDonald’s signature #ilikerocks represents a lifelong passion. A passion expressed in her namesake collections of fine jewelry and home accessories, which center on a deep appreciation of the melding of the raw and the fine.

An assortment of Kimberly McDonald's Geode Rings.

An assortment of Kimberly McDonald’s Geode Rings.

The Kimberly McDonald collection, launched in 2007, has received overwhelming support and recognition from editors, stylists and celebrities alike. The brand counts First Lady Michelle Obama, Joan Burstein, Cindy Crawford and Cameron Diaz among its many loyal clients.

Hanky Panky + Kimberly McDonald Camisole & Plus Size Original Rise Thong

Hanky Panky + Kimberly McDonald Camisole & Plus Size Original Rise Thong

The Hanky Panky + Kimberly McDonald collection marries McDonald’s stunning natural
stone patterns with Hanky Panky’s ultra-comfortable Signature Lace. The collection consists of McDonald’s elegant Laguna Agate print in shades of teal and purple on a selection of Hanky Panky’s bestselling silhouettes: v-neck camisole (in sizes XS to L and 1X to 3X), boyshort (XS to L), low rise thong, original rise thong, petite low rise thong, and plus size original rise thong.

Shop the collection now!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Introducing our New Nursing Bralette!

Hanky Panky Nursing Bralettes

It’s #WorldBreastfeedingWeek! Inspired by customer requests and the many employees at Hanky Panky who nurse their babies, we are so proud to introduce a pretty, soft, supremely comfortable nursing bralette!

This attractive and functional silhouette is available in both our beautiful Signature Lace and our Cotton With a Conscience® collections in our two top-selling colors, Black and Chai. Both are lined in super soft organic Supima® cotton-spandex, to provide light support and avoid further irritation of sensitive skin.

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The supportive 1/2″ straps adjust in the front, for convenience and ease, and to avoid irritation from hardware when laying down or reclining. The plastic clips allow the bralette to open easily with one hand, the crossover cups fold out of the way, and the soft cotton interior sling keeps the bralette in place while nursing or pumping.

Buzz:

“AMAZING! … I feel like a whole new person!” -Katelyn B.

POPSUGAR: Ugly Nude Underthings, Be Gone — the Best Nursing Bras Are Chicer Than Ever

POPSUGAR says, “it’s super pretty.”

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Larissa’s Designer Picks: Fabulous Florals

What’s our latest obsession in the Hanky Panky design department? Florals! Our current collection is a veritable botanic garden with new prints coming into bloom each month.

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Florals may be considered a fashion cliché by some, but this year-round trend is bigger than ever and showing zero sign of slowing.

Here are a few of my current favorites.

Eden

Our dark ground Eden floral print is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings.

Our Eden Print is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings.

Our newest floral print is Eden, a sophisticated black-ground floral that evokes 17th century Dutch still life paintings. This gorgeous and versatile print is available in a wide variety of styles: Camisole, Girl-Kini, V-Kini, Retro Thong, Plus Size Retro Thong, Original Rise Thong, Low Rise Thong, and Petite Low Rise Thong.

Pretty in Peony

Our Pretty in Peony print is a cheerful bouquet of bright pink.

Our Pretty in Peony print is a cheerful bouquet of blue and purple flowers on a bright pink ground.

Our Pretty in Peony print is a cheerful bouquet of summer fun. This vibrant pink, purple and blue print is available in an assortment of our best-selling silhouettes: V-front camisole, Retro Thong, Boyshort, Original Rise Thong, Low Rise Thong, and Petite Low Rise Thong.

Janis

Hanky Panky's Janis print Retro Lace gives the impression of floral embroidery on denim.

Our Janis print gives the impression of floral embroidery on denim.

An intimate take on the embellished denim trend, our Janis print features floral printed “embroidery” on washed indigo lace. This beautiful print is available in Classic Camisole, Retro Bralette, V-kini, French Brief, Retro Thong, Plus Size Retro Thong, Retro V-Kini, Plus Size Retro V-Kini, Original Rise Thong, Low Rise Thong, Petite Low Rise Thong.

Which is your fave?

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Larissa’s Designer Picks: What to Wear Under Summer Whites

Thursday, June 21 marks the first day of Summer in the northern hemisphere! And when the heat is on, nothing is as cool and comfortable as lightweight, white and light-colored clothes.

Here are a few of my favorite bottoms for under those thin, lightweight pants, jumpsuits and dresses.

Step 1 Choose Your Nude

Hanky Panky's Signature Lace panties are available in a spectrum of neutral hues. From top: Cappuccino, Suntan, Taupe, Chai, and Vanilla

Our Signature Lace panties are available in a spectrum of neutral hues. From top: Cappuccino, Suntan, Taupe, Chai, and Vanilla

The first step in finding just the right undies to wear under your light colored clothing is to find your nude. Our BARE, Retro and Signature Lace collections include styles in a variety of neutral hues which can blend with many skin tones, from vanilla and chai to cappuccino and mahogany.

Step 2 Choose your Style

Our Signature Lace and Retro Thongs are perfect for under pants and jumpsuits where VPL is a concern

Our Signature Lace and Retro Thongs are perfect for under pants and jumpsuits when VPL is a concern

If you’re looking for something to wear under lightweight pants or a jumpsuit and are concerned about VPL (visible panty lines), I’d recommend one of our thongs in the rise that works best for you.

From left: Brazilian Bikini, Boyshort, and Girlkini

From left: Brazilian Bikini, Boyshort, and Girlkini

If you’re looking for something with a little more coverage to wear under skirts, dresses, or other looser-fitting styles where VPL is less of a pressing concern, I’d recommend one of our boyshorts, bikinis, or briefs.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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