Why Made in USA Matters to You

For many of us, when it comes to buying clothes, price and convenience matter more than where our clothing is made. Does that make us bad people? Not in my view, when being short on time and disposable income is a fact of life. But if you’re choosing between otherwise comparable brands, here are five reasons to go with a brand like Hanky Panky that manufactures in the United States.

#1. Quality

When you ask women and lingerie gurus around the country why Hanky Panky is so popular, you invariably hear “It’s pretty, comfortable and it lasts forever.

Employee at Hanky Panky's production center in Queens, NY, sewing the Hanky Panky manufacturer's label onto waistband lace.

Employee at Hanky Panky’s production center in Queens, NY, sewing the Hanky Panky label into a Signature Lace waistband.

Local manufacture is key to the high quality of Hanky Panky garments, which have been made in New York since the company was founded in 1977. When it comes to quality control in apparel, there is no substitute for the hands-on oversight that Gale Epstein, our President and Creative Director, and her design and production teams, have over the manufacturing process, from fabric inspection, to cutting, to sewing. (Best-in-class materials and construction are also responsible for the durability of Hanky Panky underwear.)

#2. On Trend

Fast fashion is often criticized for junking up our closets with cheaply-made, “of the moment” clothing that is worn a handful of times and then tossed out. The old school wisdom of “buy better buy less” is also gaining traction among millennial shoppers.

Hanky Panky can offer lingerie that is both on trend and well-made because our time to production is shorter than that of brands who manufacture overseas.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Cropped Tank ($42) and Valerie Bralette ($58) are designed to meet this season's trend in cropped tops and plunging necklines.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Cropped Tank ($42) and Valerie Bralette ($58) are designed to work with the cropped tops and plunging necklines trending this season.

#3. The Human Factor

The human cost of clothing that is inexpensive because it is manufactured overseas has received a lot of attention since 2013, when a clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed 1,135 people. While many apparel brands have pledged to improve working conditions for their overseas workers, the fact remains that the United States already has in place and enforces many laws that protect the health and safety of garment workers.

#4. Job Creation

Hanky Panky employs more than 165 men and women in New York, and provides steady work for New York-based sewing contractors and suppliers.

Somboon, a Hanky Panky seamstress who specializes in elastic lace trims, has been with the company for 20 years. "We work like a family," says Somboon. Photo courtesy of Brian Goldman.

Somboon, a Hanky Panky seamstress who specializes in elastic lace trims, has been with the company for 20 years. Photo courtesy of Brian Goldman.

#5. Environmental Impact

Hanky Panky garments are finished locally, so they don’t have to be shipped across huge distances to reach our customers. This reduces CO2 emission and gas consumption. Whenever feasible, we source fabrics from the United States, where environmental and other laws guard against water pollution from textile dying. Our Signature Lace is knitted at mills in the Northeast, and the Supima® cotton used in the gussets of our thongs and panties is grown in the Southwest.

Clara

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Quality Matters: Cross-Dyed Lace

Hanky Panky's Cross-Dyed Lace is a luxurious update to our Signature Lace.

Hanky Panky’s cross-dyed lace is a luxurious update to our signature lace.

Hanky Panky’s signature lace thongs, panties, bralettes and camisoles are wardrobe staples in part because the fabric is remarkably soft and has just the right amount of stretch, two qualities you don’t often associate with fine lace.

Our cross-dyed lace is a posh update to our signature lace: same great fit and feel with a two toned hue that accentuates the romantic lace pattern of roses on a vine. This effect is achieved by using multiple fabric dies, each of which applies to a different kind of fiber in the lace. The effect is striking.

We use cross-dyed lace on its own and as trim on our more casual heather jersey pieces, which means you can easily mix-and-match pieces from the two collections.

Clara

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Hanky Panky Fall 2016: Fairytale Couture

Hanky Panky’s Fall 2016 collection takes you on a journey through your favorite fairytales. The Signature Lace Palette consists of Midnight Blue, a deep blue, Wild Orchid, a bright berry tone, Salsa, a fiery orange-red, Sunkissed, a sunshine-y yellow, Fine Wine, a rich red-purple, Granite, classic charcoal, First Blush, a bright peach, Bella Blue, a sophisticated sky blue, Bali Blue, a saturated blue, Enchanted Rose, a pretty blue-pink, Fawn, a contemporary light red-brown, and Woodland Green, a beautiful evergreen hue. New crossdye colors are Fine Wine-Enchanted Rose, and Black-Blue.

Into the Woods
Hanky Panky’s Fall 2016 collection takes you on a journey through your favorite fairy tales. The Signature Lace Palette consists of Midnight Blue, a deep blue, Wild Orchid, a bright berry tone, Salsa, a fiery orange-red, Sunkissed, a sunshine-y yellow, Fine Wine, a rich red-purple, Granite, classic charcoal, First Blush, a bright peach, Bella Blue, a sophisticated sky blue, Bali Blue, a saturated blue, Enchanted Rose, a pretty blue-pink, Fawn, a contemporary light red-brown, and Woodland Green, a beautiful evergreen hue. New cross-dye colors are Fine Wine-Enchanted Rose, and Black-Blue.

Cinderella
The first delivery of Fall 2016 is a wish come true. Prints include Kimono, inspired by Asian embroidery and Vintage Blossom, a small-scale floral in shades of green and pink. The new BARE print is Venise, a trompe-l’oeil embroidered lace pattern in black on a mocha background. Fashion groups include Truly Decadent lace in Champagne-Blush and Black-Orchid.

La Sylphide
The second delivery of Fall 2016 evokes a Romantic fairytale of unattainable love set in Scotland. Signature Lace prints include Wild Thistle, a painterly floral and Winter Stripe, a classic multicolor stripe, Chiffon prints are Bloom, a rich, deep floral, and Petite Leopard, a small scale animal print. New heather color is Wine Heather with black-wine cross-dyed trim.

The Sleeping Beauty
The third delivery of Fall 2016 is dark and mysterious, like a kingdom put into an enchanted sleep for a hundred years. Prints include Blue Roses,, a floral in shades of blue and Kit,, an abstract navy and orange print. Other groups include Classic Mesh, Hanky Panky favorite silhouettes in Black, Brandywine and Buff and, Logo to Go in Fine Wine.


Check out some of the inspiration behind this Season’s collection on our Fairytale Fashion pinterest board:

 

 

What are your favorite fairytale fashions?

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Staff Picks: Semi-Annual Sale

The assortment in this spring’s Semi-Annual Sale is our best ever, with oodles of lace lovelies to choose from. We invite lingerie lovers everywhere to spend the next seven days treasure hunting on hankypanky.com. But if you have other plans for the long weekend, or prefer a more curated shopping experience, here are Hanky Panky staffer’s picks from the sale.

Signature Lace

Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace styles are enduring favorites among women everywhere. We have a lot of fun designing new prints and colors for our lace. Every season is an adventure.—Gale, President & Creative Director

Solid and print Signature Lace thongs, boyshorts, bikinis and more are on sale now at hankypanky.com/sale.

Select solid and print Signature Lace thongs, boyshorts, bikinis and more are on sale now at hankypanky.com/sale.

Blue Embroidery Collection

The embroidery styles are such a hit we’ve brought them back again and again in different colorways. This blue and green is feminine with just a hint of edgy. —Emily, Account Executive

Blue Embroidery collection, for Hanky Panky bridal: Babydoll with G-String (Orig. $94, Sale $51.50), Bralette (Orig. $72, Sale $42.99), Boyshort (Orig. $46, Sale $26.99), and Low Rise Thong (Orig. $30, Sale $16.99). Available on hankypanky.com/sale.

Blue Embroidery collection, for Hanky Panky bridal: Babydoll with G-String (Orig. $94, Sale $51.50), Bralette (Orig. $72, Sale $42.99), Boyshort (Orig. $46, Sale $26.99), and Low Rise Thong (Orig. $30, Sale $16.99). Available on hankypanky.com/sale.

Cross-Dyed Signature Lace

You really appreciate the beauty of cross-dyed lace on body. It’s the Park Avenue version of our signature stretch lace.—Tamilla, Technical Designer

Cross-Dyed Signature Lace in Black/Cranberry and Dusk/Ballet Pink: Brazilian Bikini (Orig. $32, Sale $19.99), Boyshort (Orig. $34, Sale $20.50), and Low Rise Thong (Orig. $23, Sale $14.99). Camisole, Chemise and Original Rise Thong also available on hankypanky.com/sale.

Cross-Dyed Signature Lace in Black/Cranberry and Dusk/Ballet Pink: Brazilian Bikini (Orig. $32, Sale $19.99), Boyshort (Orig. $34, Sale $20.50), and Low Rise Thong (Orig. $23, Sale $14.99). Camisole, Chemise and Original Rise Thong also available on hankypanky.com/sale.

Love Me Back Bodysuit

My friend and colleague Ceimoy blew me away when she wardrobed this bodysuit for both day and night looks. It’s such a versatile piece, and the half heart on the back is cheeky chic.Clara, Legal

The Love Me Back Bodysuit in stretch mesh and wet-look jersey is one-piece swag. Orig. $84 Sale $55.99 (33% off). Available in s, m, and l on hankypanky.com/sale.

Love Me Back Bodysuit in stretch mesh and wet-look jersey is one-piece swag. Orig. $84 Sale $55.99. Available in s, m, and l on hankypanky.com/sale.

Peep Show Bralette and Cheeky Hipster

The Peep Show collection was so fun to design—it’s all about the art of the tease. I work off the principle that sexy lingerie should also be comfortable, well constructed, and ethically made.  —Makeda, Head Designer

Peep Show Bralette (Orig. $72, Sale $38.99) and Cheeky Hipster (Orig. $42, Sale $22.99). Available in s, m, and l on hankypanky.com/sale.

Peep Show Bralette (Orig. $72, Sale $38.99) and Cheeky Hipster (Orig. $42, Sale $22.99). Available in s, m, and l on hankypanky.com/sale.

Silky Skin

Hanky Panky Silky is the ideal fabric for underpinnings. At 40% off, these luxurious pieces are a steal.—Larissa, Senior Designer

Silky Skin Luxe Chemise (Orig. $112, Sale $66.99), Camisole (Orig. $75, Sale $44.99), and Hi-Rise Brief (Orig. $50, Sale $29.99). Available s, m and l on hankypanky.com/sale.

Silky Skin Luxe Chemise (Orig. $112, Sale $66.99), Camisole (Orig. $75, Sale $44.99), and Hi-Rise Brief (Orig. $50, Sale $29.99). Available in s, m and l on hankypanky.com/sale.

Clara

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Underpinning Your Summer Style

Hanky Panky Bare Bralette and Boyshort in Toffee

Hanky Panky BARE is available in a variety of neutral hues that blend with many skin tones, and disappear under light summer clothing. Toffee shown here.

Ah, Summer. Time for lightweight layers, and diaphanous dresses. But what to wear under these breezy styles?

Left: Prabal Gurung, Spring/Summer 2016 ©WGSN. Right: Hanky Panky Silky Convertible Slip

Left: Prabal Gurung, Spring/Summer 2016 ©WGSN. Right: Hanky Panky Silky Convertible Slip

Sheer dress with a tricky neckline? No problem. Our slim-fitting and breathable convertible slip has removable straps and soft brushed elastic to keep it in place all day. Available in Black and Mocha, in sizes XS to L. Shop our full collection of Hanky Panky Silky slips and underpinnings here.

Left: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Spring/Summer 2016 ©WGSN. Right: Hanky Panky Signature Lace Cropped Tank and Low Rise Thong.

Left: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Spring/Summer 2016 ©WGSN. Right: Hanky Panky Signature Lace Cropped Tank and Low Rise Thong.

Swingy cropped blouses are sweet and pretty, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little coverage underneath. Our Signature Lace Cropped Tank is great under sheer tops or plunging necklines, and the stretchy lace hem keeps you covered. A matching low rise Signature Lace thong disappears under low-slung wide leg trousers.

Left: Boss Women, Spring/Summer 2016 ©WGSN. Right: Hanky Panky BARE Bralette & Boyshort in Taupe

Left: Boss Women, Spring/Summer 2016 ©WGSN. Right: Hanky Panky BARE Bralette & Boyshort in Taupe

Sheer layers call for invisible underthings. Hanky Panky BARE is made from a unique, ultra-lightweight microfiber knit from Italy and has smooth clean-cut edges and comes in a variety of skin-tones.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Barnard Medal of Distinction: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (left) with Lida Orzeck (right), at the 2016 Barnard Commencement.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (left) with Lida Orzeck (right), at the 2016 Barnard Commencement.

Yesterday, I was arm candy for a cultural rockstar—the acclaimed Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  Three other ridiculously accomplished women were also given Barnard Medals of Distinction at the 2016 Barnard Commencement, but it was Chimamanda who got the wild cheers and obvious adulation from the graduates.  I introduced her with the most eloquent remarks (I wish I had written them!) from the stage of Radio City Music Hall—an additional thrill for this native New Yorker.

Lida

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Inspiration Behind the Print: Marrakesh

Marrakesh, Hanky Panky's newest print for SS16, was inspired by traditional weaving techniques. Available on hankypanky.com.

Marrakesh, Hanky Panky’s newest print for SS16, was inspired by traditional weaving techniques. Available on hankypanky.com.

Marrakesh, Hanky Panky’s newest print for Signature Lace, is inspired by the geometric designs and bold colors of traditional Moroccan carpets. The collection includes an adjustable-strap camisole ($59), perfect for adding a pop of color and dimension under a white button-down, a boyshort ($38) with flat lace edging for no-VPL confidence, and our famously comfortable thong ($24), in Original Rise and Low Rise.

Spices on sale at a Marrakesh souk. © Arnaud 25 / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Goods on sale at a Moroccan souk. © Arnaud 25 / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

This summer, walk the crowded aisles of the souks and medinas of Marrakesh in spirit if not in body with Hanky Panky’s new collection. Get it before it’s in stores on hankypanky.com.

Clara

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Lingerie Care Tips

Have you ever wondered whether you’re treating your Hanky Panky lingerie with all the care it deserves? Wonder no more. Here are our lingerie care recommendations for keeping your lingerie lovely for the longest time possible.

Hanky Panky's gentle but effective fabric wash is specially formulated to extend the life of stretch fabrics and delicates. Our Lingerie Wash Powder is not a soap or detergent, nor an acid-alkaline cleaner. It is a non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable wash powder. When you can't hand wash, this is the next-best thing. Our exclusive wash bag was designed to protect your precious Hanky Panky treasures in the washing machine (gentle cycle with cold water only!).

Hanky Panky Lingerie Wash and Lingerie Wash Bag

Spandex is truly a “miracle fiber” (it can stretch to 500x its length and still snap back to its original dimensions), but it is somewhat fragile.*

Residues from caustic cleaning agents used on the sink can be harmful to delicate stretch fibers. To extend the life of your lingerie, place your lingerie in a colander placed in the bathroom sink (colander adds a level of protection) or wash in a clean plastic container with cool water and our lingerie wash—rinse twice to ensure removal of all suds, and lay flat or hang to dry. This will give your panties a reasonably long life.

We recognize that this is more time than some people are willing to dedicate to caring for their fine underthings. If you must machine wash, please protect your lingerie from snags by placing it in a lingerie wash bag. Use the gentle cycle with cool water and a mild, pH neutral detergent (with no optical brighteners). After the cycle is completed, Please hang or lay flat to dry. Never put your Hanky Panky lingerie in the dryer. The extreme heat and agitation of machine drying will wear out your lingerie very quickly and will eventually destroy it.

-Larissa, Senior Designer
*At the molecular level, the polymer chains that make up spandex fiber look like jumbled up spaghetti. When the fiber is stretched, the polymer chains straighten out. When it is released, the polymer chains snap back to their natural jumbled spaghetti-like state. The molecular bonds that keep these chains together are relatively strong. However, heat (from hot water or machine drying) and alkaline environments (from caustic detergents and bleaches) cause these bonds to break, leaving the chains shorter, and the fibers lose their elasticity. Eventually the chains will become so short that the integrity of the fibers are irreparably compromised and lose all recovery. This is why we request that you never use harsh detergents or bleach. Our specially formulated lingerie wash is pH neutral and was created to gently clean stretch fibers without damage.

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Gifts for Your Bridal Party

Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation.  Oops, typo.  Let’s get information, as in, suggestions for pretty, practical, and affordable gifts for your bridal party.

Shower your bridesmaids in pretty and practical gifts. Shown here: Alexandria Eye Mask ($40), Signature Lace Thong 3 Pack ($60), Bridesmaid Thong ($28), Lingerie Wash ($8.50), and Lingerie Wash Bag ($15), available on hankypanky.com.

Shower your bridesmaids in pretty and practical gifts. Shown here: Alexandria Eye Mask ($40), Signature Lace Thong 3 Pack ($60), Bridesmaid Thong ($28), Lingerie Wash ($8.50), and Lingerie Wash Bag ($15), available on hankypanky.com.

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Hanky Panky Thong Rose, $27 on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky Thong Rose, $27 on hankypanky.com.

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Hanky Panky Bridesmaid Thong in Bliss Pink, $28 on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky Bridesmaid Thong in Bliss Pink, $28 on hankypanky.com.

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Hanky Panky Alexandra Lace Eyemask, $40 on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky Alexandra Lace Eyemask, $40 on hankypanky.com.

Finally, this pearl of wisdom from a Hanky Panky matron:

A heartfelt thank you to your bridesmaids can go a long way to making your big day big fun for everyone. The best gifts in life may not be free, but they need not be expensive.

Clara, Carrie & Anna

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Hanky Panky Summer 2016: Bold & Bright

Fashion mood board for Summer 2016 with colorful, tropical magazine tears and fabric swatches

Summer 2016 is Bold and Bright

tropicália

Hanky Panky’s Summer 2016 color palette is an updated mix of soft neon pop colors and rich tropical hues. The Signature Lace Palette consists of Sizzle Pink, Calypso Blue, Salsa, Lime Sherbet, Sapphire, Sun Kissed, and Wild Orchid. Hanky Panky BARE fashion colors are Coral, Cobalt, and Hot Fuchsia. The new Heather Jersey color is denim with chambray-ivory trim.

Hanky Panky's Summer 2016 Palette and Prints. An assortment of colorful lace thong panties. From top: Sizzle Pink, Tropical Bloom Print, Lime Sherbet, Calypso Blue, Rainbow Stripe Print, Sun-Kissed Yellow, Salsa Red, Cabana Stripe Print, Stars & Stripes American Flag Print. Sapphire Blue, Jakarta wood block print in blue, Wild Orchid, Marrakesh white and blue print, and Key West neon pink tropical floral print.

Hanky Panky’s Summer 2016 Palette and Prints.

rainbow connection

The first delivery of Summer 2016 is joyful and full of color. Prints include Rainbow Stripe, a cheery multicolor bias stripe, and Tropical Bloom, a feminine island floral. Fashion groups include Bahama Mama, a bright galloon lace in peacock blue with passionate pink trim and Heather & Lace in light grey heather with sizzle pink signature lace trims.

la playa

The second delivery of Summer 2016 evokes sunny summer days spent on the beach. Prints include Jakarta, inspired by traditional wood-block printing techniques, Cabana Stripe, a bold beach umbrella stripe, and Stars and Stripes, a patriotic combination of red and white stripes with white stars on a field of blue.

summertime blues

The final delivery of Summer 2016 has an eclectic, bohemian mood. Prints include Key West, a playful tropical floral on a bright pink ground, Marrakesh, a blue and white print inspired by traditional weaving techniques, and Bitty Kitty animal-print jersey, trimmed in classic black. The new fashion groups are Dahlia, a playful yet sophisticated floral galloon lace in navy and pink, and Night Lily, ivory and fuchsia flowers on navy blue chiffon.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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