Hanky Panky’s vast collection of tops and bottoms has provided me with many solutions to varying fashion challenges. The most obvious is leading a panty-line-free existence while being comfortable ALL day long, thanks to my Signature Lace thongs. I love my DVF wrap dresses, but a bandeau keeps my bra from showing and my chest from hanging out. I also have grabbed a Silky Skin slip many times, to keep my dress from sticking to my control tops.
The real, true test of this great company came a few weeks ago when my coworkers banded together to save me from my inability to rise to the challenge of my children’s kindergarten and third grade homework projects. I could not wrap my head around working full-time, commuting, spending time with my three children AND completing the ridiculously complicated homework projects that come complete with the challenge “let the children be as creative as they want to be!”. Of course, we are supposed to leave it up to the kids but the kids leave it up to us to work with them and give them direction.
I felt the pressure but had no ideas. Our director of sales, Ila helped me come up with my daughter’s 100 days of school project. The goal of the project was to come up with 100 things that represent the children’s 100th day of school. Ideally, you would be able to come up with groups of 10. 10 pretzels, 10 m+m’s etc….Ila suggested I take the fake rolled thongs we use for our visual presentations. Was it too risqué? Would I get in trouble with the school for sending thongs to my child’s kindergarten class? Desperate for a visually intriguing project, I went for it. I rounded up 10 fabulous colors. Sales Assistant Camille helped me gather just the right amount of each color, while insisting I bring them back for market and then I brought them home. I repeated over and over to my daughter that these were NOT thongs. The box contained rolled fabric in fabulous colors. I used a stern voice, “do NOT tell your teachers or classmates that this project is made from thongs”.
Well, when the teachers saw her come in with her project, they were thrilled at the prospect of holding onto a box that contained $2,000 worth of Hanky Panky panties. I guess even Kindergarten teachers know and appreciate the value of a Hanky Panky thong.
The next project, due the same week of course, was my third grader’s assignment which still remains a mystery to me. They were having a Valentine’s day parade and they needed to be as creative as possible with a costume that represented their “special character.” The real challenge was understanding my son’s special character. From what I could gather, they were reading various stories based on the Cinderella fable from around the world.
Well, my son needed to be invisible. If anyone can tell me how one possibly can create an invisible costume, I would love to know. My son decided he wanted a black cape and then he needed to have a headband with feathers on it. The feathers we managed to find at the raptor trust in New Jersey. I agonized over how one makes a black cape all night. I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond with my son and tried to buy him a black Snuggie®. When we found one, he told me it was ridiculous and he would be embarrassed. So, I purchased a black sheet. The next day, Luis, the head of our sample room with the ability to sew ANYTHING, made me a black cape with a tie in approximately 3 minutes.
The true test of a corporate culture is how they take care of their employees. This particular week, Hanky Panky looked after me by looking after my kid’s homework projects. I definitely need to be here when they reach high school.