The BARE Minimum: Why the Godiva Thong is a Must-Have For Your Wardrobe

Hanky Panky's BARE "Godiva" Hi-Rise thong, in the BARE collection (Style No. 6J1921)

Dancer-model Malorie Bryant in Hanky Panky’s BARE “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong (Style No. 6J1921), one of two thong rises in the BARE collection.

A panty line is a powerful thing, enough to make or break an outfit no matter how great that outfit looks. Sure, there are already quite a few “invisible” panties out there, but none of them have tapped into two key elements like the Hanky Panky BARE collection: women have curves and different skin tones. Our innovative BARE styles have contours that keep them in place, curing concern of shifting or riding up, while maintaining a sleek, barely-there look beneath clothing. And there’s a “nude” option here for you, whatever your skin tone—from pale Vanilla to deep Mahogany. All of the BARE styles are made from a unique second-skin microfiber knit from Italy that is ultra-lightweight and smooth, disappearing under the clingiest fashions without sacrificing the signature fit, quality and comfort of your favorite Hanky Panky pieces.

The “Godiva” is a high-rise thong sized Small, Medium and Large that sits at the waist and features a 6″ wide waistband. It acts almost like a micro-mini slip, allowing clothing to glide effortlessly over your hips. Truly—what to wear when you want to look BARE®.

BARE Godiva Hi-Rise Thong

The best way to wear this summer’s on-trend maxi dress? With no visible panty line! Our “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong is invisible under clothes.

"Godiva" Thong w/ High-Waist Skirt

Our BARE “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong is the perfect accompaniment to a high-waist skirt, like the vintage Betsy Johnson shown here. Carrie, our in-house lettering and graphic artiste, paired her skirt with Hanky Panky’s Bodysuit with Venise (Style No. 488534), to enviable hour-glass effect.

"Godiva" Thong w/ Slip Dress

Carefree summer style requires carefree underwear you can count on not to mar your outfit! Here, Jessica, a finance whiz in our Planning Department, is wearing the BARE “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong under an American Apparel t-shirt dress, belted at the waist (available at http://store.americanapparel.net/).

 

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Get the Look: Hair + Make-Up by Dyana for L.A.M.B. X Hanky Panky InStyle Ad

L.A.M.B X Hanky Panky advertisement in InStyle magazine, August 2014

L.A.M.B X Hanky Panky advertisement, InStyle magazine, August 2014. Model is wearing the Old School Old English Tank (Style No. 6L4454) and Low Rise Thong (Style No. 6L1054), available at www.HankyPanky.com.

NYC-based hair and make-up artist Dyana Nematallah is the genius behind the gorgeous advertisement for L.A.M.B. X Hanky Panky in the August 2014 issue of InStyle magazine. L.A.M.B. X Hanky Panky is an exclusive design collaboration between Gwen Stefani’s clothing line, L.A.M.B., and Hanky Panky.

Inspiration: Before getting to work, Dyana looked through the L.A.M.B. clothing line, and previous L.A.M.B. design collaborations, for inspiration. “I wanted to capture the edgy, punk rock look and feel of Gwen’s style,” Dyana said, “but with a softened, feminine touch, because this is lingerie after all.”

Get the Hair: Follow these steps to get the loose French braid shown on our model above:

  1. Add height to your normal blow out with a root lifter, such as blowPro® blow up™ root lift concentrate
  2. Use a comb to tease out the hair on the top of your head, and a texture spray for maximum volume (here, Dyana used shu uemura texture wave dry workable spray);
  3. Begin the braid above the center of your forehead, plaiting one-inch strands of hair together as you would for an ordinary French braid, picking up and adding more hair to each of the three strands as you go;
  4. Keep the braid loose, and rough up your hair as you braid, to keep the lift;
  5. Twist and then pin the braid at or just below the crown of your head using a giant bobby pin, letting the unplaited pieces hang down the back of your head.

The Make-Up:

Smokey Eyes: To multiply the Wow power of our model Lauren’s naturally striking eyes, Dyana glued on a double set of false eyelashes and blended black and brown eye shadow on the outside corner of Lauren’s eyelids for a sultry look. “I went for a strong, but not overpowering, look for the eyes,” said Dyana.

Strong Lips: Dyana normally does a very soft lip on Lauren, but for this shoot, in honor of Gwen’s trademark look of platinum blonde hair and retro red lips, Dyana blended a custom bright pink-red shade.

Cheeky Cheeks: Dyana used blush and then lightly brushed a bit of the custom blend lipstick just under Lauren’s cheek bones.

The L.A.M.B. X Hanky Panky collection consists of four groups—Geo and Lambie Camo in Signature Lace, and Old School Old English and Rasta in super-soft jersey—and is currently available at www.hankypanky.com and www.shoplamb.com only. The collection will also be available in select stores at the end of this month. And those in the New York area can catch an in-person sneak peek of two pieces in the collection, the Lambie Camo Retro Cropped Cami (Style No. 4L7914) and Retro Thong (Style No. 4L1924), at the The Museum at FIT’s exhibit, Exposed: A History of Lingerie, running through November 15, 2014.

-Clara

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As American as Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thongs, Rolled (Style No. 4911P), in Red, White and Blue.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thongs, Rolled (Style No. 4911P), in Red, White and Blue.

We shall try to round off our picture of the entrepreneur . . . by analysing the characteristic motive of his conduct. . . .There is the joy of creating, of getting things done, or of simply exercising one’s energy and ingenuity. −Joseph A. Schumpeter, The Theory of Economic Development (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1934).

American entrepreneurship is alive and well in Nina Myers McCammon. This year, McCammon marshaled the skills, experience and contacts she picked up as a journalist—she is a contributing editor at Country Living and a former Market Editor at Esquire—and launched an online publication (“blog” just doesn’t do it justice) on the best of American-made consumer goods. 50 States of Style covers fashion and accessories, home decor, gardening, travel, life and lifestyle; it is a delight to read, beautifully designed and photographed, and informative.

50 States of Style: A Celebration of American Made & American Beauty

50statesofstyle.com features the best of American-made consumer goods.

Take, for example, McCammon’s recent interview with Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s President and Creative Director. I learned some new things about the company I love to work for, including  the role our co-founder and CEO, Lida Orzeck, played in the company’s inception (Lida, a true Shero, took Gale’s prototypes around to stores to get orders for Gale to sew). But McCammon also captured several things that sit at the heart of Hanky Panky’s success and are familiar to every person who works here, including our founders’ commitment to local manufacturing, unorthodox management style and business philosophy, which eschews the temptations of quick profit in favor of slow and steady growth based on design innovation and best-quality production.

We like to say that entrepreneurship is as American as apple pie, but it was the Austro-Hungarian-born economist, Joseph Schumpeter, who hit the nail on the head in 1934 when he identified entrepreneurs as one of the fundamental drivers of national economic growth. Schumpeter’s entrepreneurs are those people who have the magic mix of skill, temperament and character to put a new idea into practice, be it “a new product, production process, supply source, market or type of organization” (Sylvia Nasar, Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, p.190 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011). Under the right conditions, namely available credit and government policy that fosters a reasonably favorable business environment, entrepreneurs can catapult economies through innovation.

So hat’s off to Gale and Lida of Hanky Panky, Ms. McCammon of 50StatesofStyle.com, America’s many other entrepreneurs, and the country that provided the conditions in which they could grow. Happy belated 4th!

-Clara

 

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5 Ways to Wear Your Signature Lace Bralette

Rihanna and Madonna Wearing Lingerie as Fashion

Left: RiRi wearing Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace Original Bralette in Orange Crush (Style No. 112).
Right: Madonna as Susan Thomas in Susan Seidelman’s 1985 comedy, Desperately Seeking Susan.

Two of my favorite pop icons of all time—Rihanna and Madonna—have more in common than stadium voices, tough-and-tender lyrics, and wicked dance moves: they both taught generations of women how to meld personal style and kewl into new classics. Specifically, these two women know how and when to let their lingerie shine through their outwear without looking tawdry.

Inspired by our idols, a group of women here at Hanky Panky, ages 21 to 37, set out to experiment with different ways to wear our Signature Lace bralettes:

  • the Original Bralette (Style No. 112), a soft bralette with no back closure that offers light support and is best suited for smaller-breasted or augmented women;
  • the Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113), which also offers light support but has more décolletage coverage, adjustable straps and, at the moment, comes in 20 colors;
  • the Retro Bralette (Style No. 9K7406), a balconette-style cut with spandex stretch lace for moderate support; and
  • the Glam Bra (Style No. 487544), a soft-cup wire-free bra with back closure, underwire-style seaming, and a supportive stretch-tulle lining for medium-breasted women.

Here are the winning looks:

#1 Under a breezy, white button-down.

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113) in Bay Breeze under a white silk button-down shirt.

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113) in Bay Breeze under a white silk button-down shirt.

#2 Under our Signature Lace Classic Camisole. 

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113) in Bali Blue under our Signature Lace Classic Camisole (Style No. 1390L) in Pistachio.

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113) in Bali Blue under our Signature Lace Classic Camisole (Style No. 1390L) in Pistachio.

#3 Under our Mesh Back Tank or other mesh, net or cut-out top.

Hanky Panky Glam Bra (Style No. 487544) in Black under our Mesh Back Tank (Style No. 48T652) in White.

Hanky Panky Glam Bra (Style No. 487544) in Black under our Mesh Back Tank (Style No. 48T652) in White.

#4 Under a denim button-down, tied at the waist à la Daisy Duke, or tucked into a high-waist skirt or jeans for a modern update.

Hanky Panky Retro Bralette (Style No. 9K7406) in Wisteria (coming soon) under an American Eagle denim button-down shirt.

Hanky Panky Retro Bralette (Style No. 9K7406) in Wisteria (coming soon) under an American Eagle denim button-down shirt.

#5 With matching or complementary panties, dancing around in your bedroom to your favorite tunes.

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113) and Boyshort (Style No. 4812) in Sassy Orange.

Hanky Panky Crossover Bralette (Style No. 113) and Boyshort (Style No. 4812) in Sassy Orange.

And if Rihanna, Madonna and our humble efforts aren’t inspiration enough for you, check out The Lingerie Addict‘s blog on a related topic: When Innerwear Goes Outerwear: Summer Lingerie to Expose.

-Clara

 

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Introducing Mahogany BARE!

Hanky Panky is happy to announce a new addition to the palette of neutral hues available in our beloved invisible BARE panties—Mahogany! This rich chocolate tone rounds out our neutral palette and offers colors to blend with most skin-tones.

Hanky Panky BARE Neutral Palette

From top: Vanilla, Taupe, Toffee, Mahogany. Hanky Panky BARE is also available in an extensive palette of brights and fashion colors, as well as Black and Marshmallow.

So, in addition to our BARE panties being ultra-lightweight, smooth, and unbelievably comfortable, there should be a color available to blend seamlessly with your skin and disappear under the lightest, sheerest summer clothes.

Truly—what to wear when you want to look BARE®

-Larissa, Senior Designer

 

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Trend Alert! City Dwellers and Civilians Wearing Camouflage

Stand out in Hunter, Hanky Panky’s new print for Fall 2014. Shown here: Crossover Bralette (Style No. 4H7044) and Low Rise Thong (Style No. 4H1584).

Ask a Horned Leaf Chameleon, or Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games, and they will tell you that, when it comes to camouflage, blending in is the name of the game.

But ask fashion designers Anna Sui or Tibi, or the Beauty editors at Vogue.com, who recently featured camouflage-print nail polish, and they are more likely to extol camouflage’s ability to help the wearer stand out in a crowd.

Anna Sui Fall 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

 

Tibi Pre-Summer 2014. Image courtesy of WGSN.

A young woman I met on the subway platform this week perfectly demonstrated this principle by pairing an over-sized camouflage parka with black ankle boots:In both nature and fashion, the optical effect of a camouflage pattern is to notice and move on. The alternation of irregularly shaped blots of light and dark catches the eye but is too busy and blended to let it stay there long: the eye slides off to focus on the surroundings – be they tree bark or a fabulous necklace or pair of shoes. 

An NYC commuter sports a camo jacket and black ankle boots. Thank you Heather for bringing style and grace to the morning commute.

Another trend setter, on 27th Street between Madison and 5th and Avenues in New York City’s Flatiron District, paired camo print skinny jeans in subtle dark greens with a demure top and patent leather shoes:

Who says New Yorkers don’t smile?

So stand out in camouflage in Hanky Panky’s new Hunter print, available now at HankyPanky.com and in stores starting on June 26, 2014.

-Clara

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In the Works: A Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s Short Story, “Caroline’s Wedding”

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Film poster for Easmanie Michel’s film adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s short story, “Caroline’s Wedding.” © Philippe Previl

Easmanie Michel, a filmmaker and graduate student in Cinema Studies at NYU/TISCH, has secured the rights to make a film based on the short story “Caroline’s Wedding,” by award-winning Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat.

After learning that Hanky Panky was one of the corporate sponsors of this year’s Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, Michel asked Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky’s CEO, to help fund and costume Michel’s film. The prominence of the author, Michel’s enthusiasm for the project, and the importance of bringing women’s stories to the screen, convinced us that Hanky Panky should support this film-in-the-making,” said Lida.

What form will our support take? Well, for starters, we pledged to donate $1,000 to the film’s Kickstarter campaign, which ends on June 22nd. And if the film makes its budget and goes into production, we will donate red and black panties, which play a starring role in both Danticat’s short story and the film adaptation.

Hanky Panky Boyshort in Red (style no. 4812)

Hanky Panky V-Kini in Black (style no. 482374).

“Caroline’s Wedding” follows two sisters, Grace and Caroline, in the month leading up to Caroline’s wedding. Grace was born in Haiti and emigrated with her parents to Brooklyn, New York as a child. Caroline, the younger sister, was born in New York. Dandicat’s story focuses on the ambivalence of the girls’ mother to the wedding: Caroline is not marrying a Haitian man, her fiancée did not come to her mother with a proposal letter in hand, asking permission, and Caroline’s wedding dress is store bought and above-the-knee. But the story is also full of smaller, everyday instances of the intersection of Haitian and American cultures within this nuclear family. One such instance of would-be culture clash, navigated by the sisters with characteristic panache, involves red panties:

It had been almost ten years since Papa had died of untreated prostate cancer. After he died, Ma made us wear mourning clothes, nothing but black dresses, for eighteen months. . . . Underneath our black clothes we were supposed to wear red panties. . . .Ma believed that Caroline and I would be well protected by the red panties. Papa['s spirit] . . . would stay away because the sanguine color of blood was something that daunted and terrified the non-living. (Danticat, “Caroline’s Wedding,” p. 170, in Krik? Krak! (New York: Vintage Books, 1996).

Missing their father, and less fearful of dead spirits than their mother, the sisters collude to wear black panties instead:

We had never worn the red panties that Ma had bought for us over the years . . . Even though we no longer wore black outer clothes, we continued to wear black underpants as a sign of lingering grief. (Danticat, 172)

Good Luck Easmanie and Team! We can’t wait to see Danticat’s story on screen!

-Clara

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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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