Gale Epstein: Co-Founder, President & Creative Director
Gale Epstein co-founded Hanky Panky and is the creative vision. Gale was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and studied at Washington University and Parsons School of Design. She has created unique clothing and accessories since the age of twelve. A love of natural fabrics and delicate handwork inspired her innovative designs of handkerchief lingerie that spawned Hanky Panky. She is a board member of Glynwood Center in the Hudson Valley and currently serves on the Small Business and Agriculture Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Gale is an accomplished equestrian, a committed environmentalist, animal rights advocate, and a closet harpist.
JD: Glam Guru
JD has fashion in his genes! This man about town is always up to date on the latest celebrity buzz, fashion, and style. He admits to being pop culture obsessed and has a near photographic memory. (Follow JD on Twitter: @HankyPankyJD)
Larissa: Senior Designer
Larissa has been designing for Hanky Panky since 2003. Originally from Connecticut, she has lived in New York City for over a decade. She’s obsessed with travel, ethical/sustainable design, cooking (particularly when some sort of gadget is involved), 1960s soul, fashion history, and vintage lingerie. Not content to stop with a BFA in Fashion Design, she’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she’s studying to become a fashion historian. (Follow Larissa on Twitter: @HankyPankyLa)
Lida Orzeck: Co-founder & CEO
Lida co-founded Hanky Panky and runs the day-to-day operations of the company. Lida, who was born in Brooklyn, New York is a graduate of Barnard College and holds a doctorate from Columbia University in Social Psychology. She has a strong interest in the performing arts and sits on the board of a contemporary dance company, Doug Varone and Dancers. Her primary philanthropic interests include education, civil rights and human welfare. She is a board member of the International Organization for Women’s Development and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lida is a life-long athlete and lapsed cellist, and mom of Hanky Panky’s Chairman of the Board, the standard poodle Henree.
Makeda: Senior Designer
Makeda has joined us as Senior Designer all the way from sunny England. Makeda, the Caribbean, British, self-proclaimed Latina chica loves all things creative from fashion and lingerie trends to music, interior design and learning about new languages as well as cultures. In her spare time Makeda loves socializing with the best of them and loves all things glam!
Michele: Assistant Designer
Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Michele has lived in NYC for over 5 years. Most New Yorkers say she’s very “west coast”—it’s true, because cowboy boots are her favorite accessory. (They go with everything! ~ Michele)
Hillary is the ultimate merchandising buff, vintage enthusiast, fashion junkie and lover of a bold, red lip. To survive in the fashion world, she remembers the words of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” (Follow Hillary on Twitter: @HankyPankyhb)