We are over-the-moon, smiling-from-ear-to-ear thrilled to announce our Limited Edition 40th Anniversary collection! Now, catch your breath as we take you through this very special assortment that we are so excited to share.
How It All Started
If you have been with Hanky Panky and followed us through the years, you probably know the tale of:
“It All Started as a Gift. 40 years ago, in 1977, Designer Gale Epstein created a bra and panty set out of hand-embroidered handkerchiefs as a birthday gift for her friend, Lida Orzeck. Inspired by this ingenious concept, the friends became business partners and named their new company after the original design—Hanky Panky”
To celebrate 40, we have brought back the legendary hankies and distinguished hand-embroidery to create a Limited Edition 40th Anniversary collection. Inspired by our humble beginnings in an apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, this collection is a retrospective of where we began with influences of where we are now. Launching over the next few months, each group in the collection will bear unique and special collectible-worthy details.
Catch 40 Winks
One thing about turning 40 is discovering we may need a little more shut-eye. With that, we are ushering in 40 with more sleep, oh, and sleepwear. And nothing says “beauty sleep” like our beautiful, ultra-soft interlock knit sleep set and night gown, available now.
These styles are a nod to designs from the 80s and 90s, similar to the one below, with some modern updates. Feel cool and comfortable during your summer nights’ slumber, while you don the vintage trend. After all, who said you can’t be stylish 24/7 when it’s this effortless?
Timeless As Ever
Next, we have a sneak peek of our 40th Anniversary daywear assortment. This group is an ode to the original handkerchief lingerie designs that Gale created for Lida in 1977. The multicolor hand-embroidered handkerchiefs are now out of production, and we purchased the last remaining units from the manufacturer to create this collection. So when we say limited, we mean limited. (Fun fact: one of the original versions is now in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum.)
The bralette, thong and bikini are made with hankies like the original iconic designs, but have been updated with our stretch signature lace trims for an improved fit. While the original line had a bikini in the lingerie set, the thong is another modern touch. To recall, we would later go on to be the creators of the World’s Most Comfortable Thong®, whom you now know us as today.
The assortment also includes a camisole and tap pant, inspired by ones like the below from 1985. Each piece will be numbered, indicating the item is “1 of 150 units” ever made, such as the thong above, for example. The limited run will be available for purchase online and at select retailers.
Lastly, from the archives: we discovered a cache of vintage hand-embroidered silk jacquard to re-make a very limited edition of front-close bralettes and string bikini panties just in time for our 40th anniversary. The unsewn, cut garments had been tucked away in storage since the 1980s. We’ve finished them with new elastics and trims. These will be available exclusively on hankypanky.com in extremely limited quantities. Thus, be sure to follow us on social media or subscribe to our email list to stay up-to-date on the launch. Don’t miss your chance to own a part of Hanky Panky history!
Now We’re Here!
Though we’ve far-outgrown that NYC apartment where it all began, we still design and produce all Hanky Panky merchandise in the New York/northeast area. To see one of the faces who helped make this collection possible, click here.
Cheers to 40 Years!