One of the things many people are surprised about is how long Hanky Panky has been in business. In fact, today marks our 38th anniversary!
Here is a brief timeline featuring a few of Hanky Panky’s greatest hits and milestones.
1977: Hanky Panky’s first designs introduced—a bralette and bikini, made from hand-embroidered handkerchiefs. These styles are now part of the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
1979: the Hanky Panky shoulder pad undershirt is introduced. In 1984, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art accessioned two examples of this innovative style into its collection.
1986: Hanky Panky’s innovative 4811 one size lace thong is introduced and due to its fit, beauty, practicality and comfort, quickly becomes a best-selling style.
August 1987: Hanky Panky’s stretch lace teddy photographed by Steven Meisel for VOGUE.
September 2003: Creative Director and Co-Founder Gale Epstein develops the 4911 Low Rise Thong to wear comfortably and invisibly under the extreme low-rise jeans and pants of the era. It immediately becomes a best-selling style.
January 2004: Hanky Panky’s signature rolled packaging introduced. The candy-like packaging and countertop display expanded Hanky Panky’s presence beyond lingerie shops and into ready-to-wear boutiques, spas, department stores, and even vending machines!
June 18, 2004: Hanky Panky’s thongs are featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, introducing Hanky Panky’s one-size lace thongs to a wider audience. The 4811 Original Rise and 4911 Low Rise become fashion staples, and inspire countless imitations at every price point.
November 19, 2009: Hanky Panky launches e-commerce at HankyPanky.com
Fall 2010: Hanky Panky After Midnight® collection of risqué lingerie debuts. Co-founder Lida Orzeck said of the collection, “We’re working on extending our popular signature lace fabric into a sexier collection of lingerie called ‘After Midnight’, and we wanted to see what would happen if we pushed the envelope a little further.”
Spring 2012: Hanky Panky introduces Hanky Panky BARE invisible panties. Made from a unique second-skin jersey from Italy, Hanky Panky BARE panties are ultra-lightweight, smooth, and disappear under the clingiest fashions without sacrificing Hanky Panky’s signature fit, quality and comfort.
January 2015: Hanky Panky introduces their signature fragrance, Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum. Of the fragrance, co-founder Gale Epstein said, “Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum is an extension of Hanky Panky—fresh, flirty, and comfortable. I wanted to create a fragrance that complements the intimacy of lingerie, a classic signature fragrance made from the finest ingredients.”
So, what does the future hold for Hanky Panky? Wait and find out!