Introducing XXS and More Great News for Petites!

Introducing size XXS

Due to consumer demand at both home and abroad, we are excited to introduce size XXS in our bestselling boyshort, and a brand new XXS Low Rise Thong! We are also offering more colors and prints (as well as bridal styles, I DO and Mrs) in our petite low rise thongs (which fit sizes 0-4) and size XS (which fits sizes 0-2) than ever before!

Hanky Panky Boyshort in XXS

Our new size XXS boyshort is cut to fit women who wear pant size 00 with hips measuring about 32-33″. It comes in a great selection of neutrals and fashion colors, including Black, Chai, Ivory, Marshmallow, Suntan, Granite, True Blue, Vanilla, and Passion Fruit!

The difference between Hanky Panky's Low Rise, Petite Low Rise, and XXS Low Rise Thongs

 

An even smaller version of our best-selling thong, the XXS Low Rise thong is designed to fit women who wear sizes 000 to 0, with hips measuring approximately 29-33″. The XXS Low Rise Thong is available in African Violet, Black, Bliss Pink, Blue Lagoon, Chambray, Chai, Granite, Navy, Passionate Pink, Pistachio Ice, Red, Taupe, Turkish Tile, and White.

With the addition of the XXS Low Rise Thong, Hanky Panky is proud to say that we now offer numerous fits of  our best-selling thongs to fit women with hips measuring from 29″ to 57″.

Check out our size chart below to find the perfect Hanky Panky fit for you.

Hanky Panky Size Chart 2014

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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The Poodle Behind the Brand

Henree, the beloved canine companion of Hanky Panky CEO, Lida Orzeck, and a veteran Hanky Panky staffer in her own right. Join us in celebrating Henree’s 12th birthday by personalizing your panties for free – with our new poodle motif, the name of your pet or any other, three-character word of your choice. Two days only. Use code HENREE at checkout.

When I interviewed for an in-house counsel position at Google Inc. years ago, I had a researched, thoughtful and polished answer to the standard interview question, “Why do you want to work here?”, ready to go. But what I blurted out in the heat of the moment, inching forward to the edge of my seat, was “Is it true you allow dogs in the office?” (Yes, it’s true, and no, I didn’t get the job.)

Cesar Milan, a/k/a “The Dog Whisperer”, and several recent studies, testify to the positive effect that dogs in the office have on employee morale, attendance and cooperation. But Henree, the female, 60-lbs Standard Poodle owned by Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky’s co-founder and CEO, graced the halls of our Park Avenue South office long before it was trendy. Henree’s tongue-in-cheek title, Chairman of the Board, holds a double-irony: it is both a nod to Lida’s decidedly anti-bureaucratic, pro-small company attitude toward office culture, and to the sexism built into traditional office cultures. (Henree is female but must bear the title Chairman if she wants to take the helm.) Henree’s title also acknowledges the very real contribution she makes to our office life.

In 2011, Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky’s co-founders, bid on and won “YOUR PET FEATURED IN Patrick McDonnell’s Renowned Mutts Comic Strip” at a fundraiser for the Humane Society of the United States. Henree starred in McDonnell’s cartoon that year (shown above) and again two years later. © 2011 Patrick McDonnell King Features Syndicate Inc.

Henree turns 12 today, just under a decade after Lida rescued her. “Henree’s former family gave her up following her first litter,” says Lida. “I was looking for a non-puppy and I got a very sweet, well-behaved Standard Poodle who serves as Chairman of the Board of Hanky Panky!”

Celebrate Henree’s birthday with us by personalizing your panties with our new poodle motif, your pet’s name, or any other three-character word of your choice – free for two days only with code HENREE!

-Clara

 

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Hanky Panky Plus Now Available In-Store at Macy’s Herald Square!

Hanky Panky Plus Size
Hanky Panky is thrilled to announce that Macy’s Herald Square in New York City is now stocking a wide selection of best-selling styles from Hanky Panky’s Plus Size Collection in their 6th floor lingerie department!

Macy’s Herald Square, as seen in Miracle on 34th St, is their flagship location, “The World’s Largest Store” and a tourist attraction in its own right. Now, Hanky Panky customers of all sizes will be able to buy their favorite styles at this historic department store.

Styles available in-store at Macy’s Herald Square include:

Hanky Panky Plus Size Thongs

Plus Size Original Rise Thong in Black, Chai, White, Granite, Bliss Pink, Sour Cherry, and our Leopard Nouveau print.

Hanky Panky Plus Size V-Kini Bikini Panties

Signature Lace V-Kini in Black, Chai, Marshmallow, and Chambray. (Sour Cherry available online only)

Hanky Panky Plus Size Retro Thong

Retro Thong in Black, Chai, Taupe, Granite, and Marshmallow.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Camisole

Signature Lace classic camisole in Black, White, and Chai.

Hanky Panky Plus Size Retro V-Kini

Retro V-Kini

Retro V-kini in Black and Chai.

Hanky Panky "Cotton With a Conscience(R)" French Brief

Our organically-grown Supima® Cotton with a Conscience® high-cut French Brief in Black, White, and Chai.

Hanky Panky is also available at Macys.com.

So, next time you’re in Manhattan, be sure to stop by Macy’s Herald Square to see Hanky Panky Plus in person!

 -Larissa, Senior Designer

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Making It In NYC: Maker Movement Exhibit @ the Brooklyn Navy Yard

This free multimedia exhibit, now on view at BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, features products made by 30 New York City manufacturers, including Hanky Panky. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC).

Last week, a small group of manufacturers, who make everything from fine hardwood furniture to combat apparel to architectural metalwork to, you guessed it, thongs, gathered at BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to celebrate the opening of an exhibit on the New York Makers Movement. “Making It in NYC: the Era of New Manufacturing” showcases products made by 30 New York City manufacturers, including Hanky Panky. The exhibit will also host a series of talks aimed at helping “makers” bridge the gap from small scale, at-home design and production to larger scale, but still local, manufacture.

Local furniture and home goods manufacturers on display at the “Making It in NYC” exhibit include Scott Jordan, the fine hardwood furniture maker, and Spuni, which makes ergonomic spoons for babies.

In the words of the Huffington Post, the Makers Movement is “an evolution of millions of people who are taking big risks to start their own small businesses dedicated to creating and selling self-made products.”  Dana Muriello, the Director of New Business Opportunities at Etsy.com, the online marketplace that has helped millions of makers reach customers, is moderating the program’s first talk on June 5, 2014, on “Home to Studio Manufacturing.”

Hanky Panky has been manufacturing in New York since its inception in 1977. Over the last 30+ years, Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky’s founders, have seen many apparel manufacturers leave NYC to produce less expensively overseas. (According to Save the Garment Center, 95% of clothing sold in the U.S in 1960 was manufactured in the Garment Center; today that number is approximately 3%.)

So why is Hanky Panky still manufacturing locally? Well, the compelling reasons for local production never changed, even if the cost structure did. First, a designer who is a short subway ride from her fabric cutters and sewers, and who pays her employees fair wages, is in a much better position to ensure that her products are of the very highest quality than, say, a U.S. designer who manufactures in China. Second, goods that are finished locally don’t have to be shipped across huge distances, reducing CO2 emission and gas consumption. Third, local manufacture is more nimble, allowing a designer to respond to of-the-moment trends, which is particularly important in apparel. Finally, local manufactures employ local workers. Even putting aside Hanky Panky’s extensive philanthropy, employing 165 men and women from the area, and providing steady work for our NY-based sewing contractors and suppliers, makes us a community player.

Gale Epstein (left) and Lida Orzeck (right), Hanky Panky’s founders, with Bernaldo Ortiz (center), Hanky Panky’s Senior Plant and Production Manager, at our warehouse facility in Queens, New York. ©www.RandyDuchaine.com

-Clara

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Inspiration Behind the Print: Heirloom Roses

The author has known people to wrinkle up their noses and say, “Old rose? Who would want an old rose?”, as if we were discussing an aged sheep or yesterday’s sandwich. These roses are not old in that way . . . They were simply developed “of old” . . . The breeding which produced them could have taken place in 1990 as easily as in 1890–but the eye which selected them as being desirable material was an eye trained in the aesthetics of another time. –Brent C. Dickerson, The Old Rose Advisor, Vol. I, 2nd ed. (Nebraska: Authors Choice Press, 2001)

Constance Spry, an English shrub rose bred by David Austin and known for its strong myrrh fragrance. Photo of a rose in my mother’s garden in Tarrytown, New York.

Hanky Panky’s newest print for the summer, Vintage Rose, captures several of the qualities for which heirloom rose varieties are beloved by gardeners: a dense flower filled with petals; the rambling, open growth pattern of a shrub; and soft hues that easily combine with other plantings in the garden to create a harmonious whole.

Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace Camisole in Vintage Rose (Style No. 3P4252)

“All my roses are heirlooms,” says my mother, an amateur gardener who designed, built and planted the cottage garden surrounding her fixer-upper Gothic Victorian home in Tarrytown, New York. “They are hardier and have beautiful scents,” she notes, and the soft colors and less formal shape of Old Rose bushes are simply “prettier in the garden.”

For one amateur gardener, collecting vintage gardening books, the best of which include stunning chromolithograph illustrations of flowers and plants, was a natural outgrowth of reading about heirloom roses. “I just like old fashioned things,” she said.

For those of you prefer the long-stemmed, polished look of the modern rose, see Hanky Panky’s Thong Roses in Red, White and Very Berry.

Hanky Panky Thong Roses, available in Original Rise Thong (Style No. 4811RB) and Low Rise Thong (Style No. 4911RB).

If you live in an urban area or are otherwise still in the aspirational phase of your gardening career, there are public rose gardens currently in bloom.  In the Tristate area, visit the the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at The New York Botanical Garden, The Cranford Rose Garden at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, or the Rose Garden at Lyndhurst, an historic mansion and estate in Tarrytown, New York.

-Clara

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Equestrian Tweet

Hanky Panky Co-founder & Creative Director Gale Epstein riding her horse, Hudson in upstate New York

Hanky Panky Co-founder & Creative Director Gale Epstein riding her horse, Hudson in upstate New York

We recently received a tweet that warmed my heartAn equestrian customer had tried many other brands of panties for riding and found our style 4812 to be the best solution for comfort, practicality and appearance.

Hanky Panky 4812 Signature Lace Boyshort

Hanky Panky 4812 Signature Lace Boyshort

As an avid equestrian, I’m equally aware of my comfort in the saddle as my horse’s comfort under the saddle. When you’re both comfortable, you have your best ride. I’ve always found our style 4812 boyshort to the best solution under riding pants. Indeed, I designed it with that use in mind. They show no VPL (visible panty line), they stay in place and they’re pretty.

Hanky Panky BARE Boyshort

Hanky Panky BARE Boyshort

I’ve found my next “go-to” riding panty to be our just-launched BARE boy short. It’s made of a fine Italian micro-knit nylon/Lycra® spandex and with clean-cut edges is even more invisible. Ideal for the show ring!

Good luck and happy trails,

Gale

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The Perfect Pair: Mothers and Daughters Wear Hanky Panky

Image courtesy of VintageHolidayCrafts.com

I learned my most important lessons from my mother: “Look at the data” (she’s an economics reporter turned biographer); “In work, follow your interests; in love, listen to your mother”; “Let your conscience be your guide”; and, “In shoes and clothes, quality pays for itself ten times over . . . and if you “borrow” my suede Prada kitten heels one more time without asking, consider yourself orphaned.”

My mother gave me my first Hanky Panky Signature Lace Original Rise Thong for Christmas more than ten years ago. Like many of our customers, I never looked back. Out went the scratchy, wedgie-making, VPL-causing and “save for date with man” panties, and in came brightly hued and brilliantly patterned lace, cotton and microfiber thongs, boyshorts and panties from Hanky Panky.  Making over my underwear drawer, I learned another valuable lesson from my mom, about comfort, self-love and not compromising where it counts.

Designing underthings that are adored by mothers and daughters (and sometimes grandmothers and granddaughters) alike is no small feat.  But before drinking the Kool-Aid, I surveyed girlfriends and coworkers to find out if Hanky Panky also spanned generations in their families.

  • Ila, granddaughter of Evalyn, mother of Shayna: “Four generations of women in my family wear Hanky Panky. My grandmother, at 92 years old, is a fan of the Retro V-Kini. One day when Grandma was in the hospital, a nurse helping Grandma with her clothes exclaimed: “What beautiful underwear!” Grandma told her proudly that they were Hanky Panky, and that I worked there. And here is a video of my daughter, Shayna, dancing to the Hanky Panky song.”
  • Ank, mother of Michele: “My favorite style is the Retro Thong. It is sexy and covers a bit of the belly.”

    Michele, Ank’s daughter:
    Hanky Panky thongs are the one item in my wardrobe that I could not live without. There’s nothing else in the world that can make you feel sexy and be so comfortable at the same time!”
  • Camille, daughter of Patricia: “My mother never thought lace could be so comfortable and flattering. The Retro V-kini is now her go-to panty!”
  • Lisa, Chloe’s mother: “I love all our thongs.  My daughter Chloe is many, many years away from wearing our bottoms, but she is drawn to our bright colors and prints and loves sharing something with Mommy (that’s me).  So I let Chloe raid my drawers for camisoles, which she layers over her pajamas.”
  • Barbara, Victoria’s mother: “I wear the Retro V-Kini and feel like I’m wearing nothing at all!”

Victoria, Barbara’s daughter: “I wear the boyshorts.  The prints are so cool.”

  • Kathleen, mother of Kateri: “The Original Rise Thong is the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever worn.”

Kateri, daughter of Kathleen: “The boyshort is so hipster and comfy.”

  • Sylvia, Clara’s mother (for the moment, subject to return of those suede Prada kitten heels): “I love the Original Rise, and ALL the colors.”

Clara, Sylvia’s daughter: “Thanks Mom. I owe you a lot. You didn’t stop at giving me life, you gave me Hanky Panky.”

-Clara

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Charles James: Chelsea Couture

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) "Four Leaf Clover" Evening Dress, 1953 White silk satin, white silk faille, black silk-rayon velvet The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953 (C.I.53.73)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
“Four Leaf Clover” Evening Dress, 1953
White silk satin, white silk faille, black silk-rayon velvet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Elizabeth Fairall, 1953 (C.I.53.73)

When I first moved to New York City as a student in 1966, I serendipitously landed a room in the Chelsea Hotel. At the time, there were many luminaries from the arts who resided there and it was possible to literally rub elbows with them in the elevator. My roommate, also a  fashion student, and I were lucky enough to meet the legendary fashion designer, Charles James, and visit him in the apartment where he lived and worked. The main room was dominated by an enormous, cluttered work table with many projects in various stages. We knew we were experiencing a special moment in history.

It is with great respect to that history that I recommend visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the comprehensive presentation of Charles James’ extraordinary work and learn his unique fashion philosophy.

Another highlight of that time for me was meeting (and occasionally joining his entourage) another hotel resident, the most talented fashion illustrator of all time, Antonio Lopez, who illustrated many of Charles James designs.  Some of these illustrations grace the Charles James exhibit.

 -Gale Epstein, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Hanky Panky Ltd.

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978) "Butterfly" Ball Gown, ca. 1955 Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013 (2013.591)

Charles James (American, born Great Britain, 1906–1978)
“Butterfly” Ball Gown, ca. 1955
Brown silk chiffon, cream silk satin, brown silk satin, dark brown nylon tulle
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Fund, 2013 (2013.591)

Charles James: Beyond Fashion is on view at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through August 10th.

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Gloria Steinem’s 80th Birthday Bash

By Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gloria Steinem at news conference, Women’s Action Alliance, January 12, 1972

Gloria Steinem turned 80 on March 25, 2014 and hundreds of women were at Cipriani in New York on May 1, 2014 to enthusiastically celebrate her birthday at the 2014 Gloria Awards, which also saluted 40 Years of the Ms. Foundation.

The founder of the Ms. foundation and now icon of the feminist movement did not hog the stage—she yielded to musical performances by BETTY, Sophie B. Hawkins, Samia Najimy Finnerty and Dominique Fishback; and sophisticated contemporary comedy by Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer.

Actress Gabourey Sidibe shared very personal insight concerning the development of her considerable self-confidence. Plus the surprising fact that she is the niece of Dorothy Pitman Hughes!

‘Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes’ photographer Dan Wynn

There is still much work to be done in this country to achieve gender equality. Last night’s event honored those who are dedicated to achieving that goal.

-Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky Co-Founder and CEO

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Man Overboard! Fashion and the Breton Stripe

A French sailor in uniform, circa 1910. The marinière, a long-sleeved knit undershirt with blue and white horizontal stripes, became part of the French Naval uniform in 1858. (Author unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

A French sailor in uniform, circa 1910. The marinière, a long-sleeved knit undershirt with blue and white horizontal stripes, became part of the French Naval uniform in 1858. (Author unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel knew a good thing when she saw it. In late 1923, Chanel dined with the 2nd Duke of Westminster on the Duke’s yacht, the Flying Cloud, then moored off the coast of Monte Carlo. The Duke’s title, strapping good looks, charm and immense wealth—he was the richest man in Britain—would have turned the head of any ordinary gal, but Chanel’s approbation instead focused on the uniforms worn by the Duke’s 40-man yacht crew. “Navy and white are the only possible colours,” Chanel remarked after the dinner, because they were “[t]he Navy’s colours” (Justine Picardie, Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life New York: Harper Collins Publishers Inc., 2010).

A few months later, Chanel incorporated blue and white horizontal stripes in the costumes she designed for Le Train bleu, a ballet performed by the Ballet Russe in Paris in June 1924. Chanel’s costumes, and the stage curtain painted by Picasso, perfectly captured the French Riviera before the Second World War and the intended scene for the ballet—“a popular beach where wealthy people paraded around, having a good time, sunbathing, and mincing about”.

Chanel’s biographer, Justine Picardie, notes that Chanel had already captured Riviera chic, later epitomized in the blue-and-white horizontal stripe pattern known as the Breton Stripe, in “the sports clothes that [Chanel] popularized in the resorts of Cannes, Deauville and Biarritz: striped tricots and bathing suits, beach sandals and golf shoes, tennis dresses and shorts” (Picardie, Coco Chanel.)

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in a marinière top circa 1928. Coco Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier are among the major French designers who made the Breton Stripe iconic. (Author unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in a marinière top circa 1928. “Coco” Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier are among the major French designers who made the Breton Stripe iconic. (Photographer unknown. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

While Gabrielle Chanel is often given full credit for popularizing this style, she was not the only non-sailor to adopt the breton stripe as a resort staple in the 1920s.

The origin of the Breton Stripe, the bright, clean, classic and jazzy pattern used in Sailor Stripe, the newest print in Hanky Panky’s Summer 2014 collection, is in fact French and nautical.

Hanky Panky Sailor Stripe Collection

Hanky Panky Sailor Stripe Collection

The marinière, a striped, long-sleeved knit top in cotton jersey, became a mandatory part of the French Naval uniform in March 1858. The adopting decree provided that “the body of the shirt should have 21 white stripes, each twice as wide as the [ten millimeter wide] 20-21 indigo blue stripes.” Some say that the marinière’s white-and-blue stripes were easier to see under water, therefore increasing the odds for a sailor who had fallen overboard. Others say that the 21 white stripes represented Napoleon’s naval victories.

-Clara

 

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