It’s Not Just a Man’s Disease, says the American Heart Association

Today is National Wear Red Day, an effort by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women.

go-red-for-women-logo

Go Red For Women is a national movement by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women.

In 1970, the American Heart Association aired their first televised public service announcements about heart disease. Here is one of my favorites, a 30-second video on the domestic habits of Ed Smith, a rotund everyman, which are enabled by his well-intentioned, but uniformed, wife:

Ed Smith, home from another day of stress. So his wife serves him foods like cream soup, juicy roast beef, gravy, and deserts. Then she lights his cigarette and he’s all set. Set with a lifestyle that could lead to a heart attack.—Transcription of voice over. 

It’s not just the ’70s threads and decor that make this PSA seem dated—it’s the view of heart disease as a man’s problem. In this and other AHA PSAs of the same period, a woman’s role in the emerging movement against heart disease is to cook healthier food for your family, discourage smoking in the house, and collect money for the Heart Fund.

The AHA’s Go Red For Women® movement is trying to correct the common misconception that women are less likely than men to suffer a heart attack or stroke. According to a Go Red For Women fact sheet, 1 in 3 women dies of heart disease or stroke, and fewer women than men survive their first heart attack, in part because the symptoms of heart attack in women are different than they are in men and often misunderstood. Go For Red’s stroke guidelines say that 1 in 5 women has a stroke during her life, and offer advice on how to mitigate some stroke risk factors that are specific to women, including pregnancy, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.

I always thought romantic heartache was the biggest risk to my heart, but it seems that saturated and trans fats, salt, sugar, smoking and my couch-potato lifestyle can do me more harm than any guy.

-Clara

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Inspiration Behind the Print: Red Rose

Red Rose Sheer Enchantment

Romance and sophistication meet in Red Rose. Shown here: Red Rose Sheer Enchantment Babydoll with G-String ($98). Available on hankypanky.com.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hanky Panky brings you Red Rose, a new print for lace and mesh.

Red Rose is a modern take on a timeless symbol of romantic love. Unlike last summer’s Vintage Rose print, which had the softness of an oil painting, Red Rose has the crisp hyper-realism of a photograph. For me, Red Rose calls to mind the modernist floral photography of Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883-1976), Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), and Konrad Cramer (German, naturalized American, 1888-1963), except that those early photographs were black-and-white, and our print for fabric is flushed with red.

Rose Abstraction c. 1935 Konrad Cramer

Konrad Cramer, Rose Abstraction, 1935. The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

So when did the red rose become the emblem of l’amour?

Marilyn (with roses), 1962, Bert Stern

Bert Stern, Marilyn (1962).

Around 100 B.C., Bion of Phlossa near Smyrna, an Ancient Greek poet who felt the world was small enough to forego a last name, ascribed the birth of the red rose to the blood shed by Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, after Adonis was fatally wounded in a boar hunt:

“[Aphrodite] weeps and Adonis bleeds, drop for drop, and the blood and tears become flowers upon the ground. Of the blood comes the rose, and of the tears the windflower [Anemone].”
The Bucolic Poets, trans. J.M. Edmonds. Loeb Classical Library, 1912.

1,300 or so years later, “Rose” was the name of the sought-after maiden in Le Roman de la Rose, an allegorical poem on the art of courtly love, which was an instant bestseller in medieval France. (Well, as “instant” as you can get when monks had to hand-write and illustrate each copy.)

Roman de la Rose

Roman de la Rose, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1864. Rossetti’s watercolor was inspired by illustrated manuscripts of the 13th century French poem of the same name. Tate Britain, London.

In Victorian England, young women snapped up books on “the language of flowers” to find hidden meanings in the flower bouquets given to them by young men, but the meaning of the red rose required no translation. Love and Beauty, with as many variations on the theme as there are rose varieties: Beauty ever-new (Damask Rose); Capricious Beauty (Musk Rose); Elegance (Rose Acacia); Loveliness (Pompon Rose); and The Graces (Hundred-leaved Rose). You might expect the practice of speaking through flowers to lead to misunderstandings, but the English, they say, are great gardeners.

The Language of Flowers

Cover of The Language of Flowers (1869), by Robert Tyas.

So go ahead. This Valentine’s Day, say it with flowers and wear your heart on your sleeve (or your bosom or your bum) with Red Rose.

-Clara

 

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Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum—Indulge Your Inner Flirt™

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum

Introducing Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum. Available in a 1.7 oz spray ($70) and a .20 oz rollerball ($25) on hankypanky.com.

Over the years our laces, with their intricate depictions of the natural world of leafy flowers and stems, have provoked me to wonder how they would smell if they came to life. This was the inspiration to create a Hanky Panky fragrance, a scent that would blend the intimacies of fine lingerie and perfume, both very personal signatures.

The challenge was to create a perfume that reflects our fresh, flirty, sexy lingerie and this was eventually achieved by combining classic feminine florals with a fresh, modern accent. Working with the world-class perfumer, Symrise AG, I learned that because fine perfume, like fine lingerie, is only as good as the ingredients or material it is made from, it was critical to use the finest absolutes. (Absolutes are the most concentrated and aromatic form of the fragrant compounds extracted from plants.)

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum has fruity, citrus top notes of Bergamot and cassis as well as Lily of the Valley; middle notes including lush Rose De Mai and Jasmine; and bottom notes of Musk, Vetiver and White Cedar.

Fine perfumes endow each wearer with a unique, personal scent. Everyone who wears Hanky Panky Eau de Parfume will have her own personal relationship with it because the many facets of a quality fragrance will surface at different times on different skin. No two women really ever wear it the same. Each morning is an opportunity to Indulge Your Inner Flirt™.

When Hanky Panky introduced the World’s Most Comfortable Thong® in 1986, we changed the way women dressed. So who’s to say we can’t bottle the intimacy of lace?

-Gale

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What Are You Doing New Year’s?

December is rushing by and it’s (already!) time to think about your New Year’s Eve plans. Whether you’re going to a champagne gala, having a quiet dinner with friends or cozying up with the cat to binge-watch a season or two of Downton Abbey before the premiere, you’ll probably want to have something both fabulous and comfy to wear.

Here are a few of our New Year’s Eve favorites, no matter what your plans involve.

Hanky Panky BARE Neutral Palette If you’re going to a gala and have one of those fabulous gowns that shows every little line, we recommend our Hanky Panky BARE collection of invisible panties. Available in a natural rise thong, a high rise thong, and a boyshort. These ultra-smooth, lightweight knit panties disappear under almost anything, and are available in a range of neutrals to blend with your skin tone.

Hanky Panky Diamante Bralette and Boyshort

If your party dress is a little more forgiving, then wear something just as festive underneath, like our “Diamante” bralette and hipster. The collection is made from a stretchy diamond-patterned tulle combined with an elegant corded lace and plush stretch velvet ribbon trim.

Hanky Panky Gilded Lace Chemise

If your NYE plans are a little more romantic in nature, glitz it up in our elegantly alluring Gilded Lace Chemise. This soft, sheer black lace is knitted with golden threads for a bit of holiday glamour. Also available in NYE-appropriate champagne/gold.

Hanky Panky Leopard Twill Pajamas

If you plan on a quiet night in with a bowl of popcorn and your favorite movies, a new pair of pajamas is in order. Our drape-y leopard print twill swing cami and matching pants combine to make a pajama set that is both hip and comfy.

Hanky Panky Happy New Year Thongs

Or, if you’re playing it by ear, our “Happy New Year” thongs are the perfect choice, no matter where the night may take you.

Happy 2015!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

 

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Moves That Speak Louder Than Words

[Doug Varone] is that rare choreographer with a gift for expressing emotion through dance. —Dunning, Jennifer. “Physical Side of an Emotional World.” New York Times, Jan. 10, 1994.

If Euripides is right that “every man is like the company he [is] wont to keep,” what does it mean that Hanky Panky likes the company of daredevils?

Doug Varone. (c) Cylla von Tiedermann. Courtesy of DOVA, Inc.

Doug Varone. © Cylla von Tiedermann. Courtesy of DOVA, Inc.

Doug Varone and Dancers, or “DOVA,” is an experimental modern dance company known for “dance charged with energy, emotions and implicit narratives.” Hanky Panky has been a corporate sponsor of Varone and his “company of daredevils” for many years. Our co-founder and CEO, Lida Orzeck, also serves on DOVA’s Board of Directors, and DOVA  performed at the 2009 launch party for hankypanky.com.

Many of Varone’s group works are about social settings or moments that most of us can recognize. A congregation in “Cantata 78/Every Waking Hour” (1986); a group of traveling musicians in “Cansos de Trobairitz” (1983); a crowd of strangers in “Strict Love” (1994); couples in “Possession” (1994); and a wallflower at a dance in “As Natural as Breathing” (2000). Varone’s choreography highlights the emotional experience of individuals in group settings.

Doug Varone and Dancers. "As Natural As Breathing" (2001). (c) Cylla Von Tiedermann. Courtesy of DOVA, Inc.

Doug Varone and Dancers in “As Natural As Breathing” (2000). © Cylla Von Tiedermann. Courtesy of DOVA, Inc.

Even in solo dances, Varone plays with the idea that an individual’s expression of private emotion is a kind of performance. In “Facts and Fiction” (1986), the dancer bows to the audience in between movements that suggest, alternately, uneasiness or confidence, gentleness or combativeness. In “The Fabulist” (2014), the solo dancer is a “fabulist,” or person who makes up stories; DOVA’s press materials clarify that the story telling at the heart of this piece are narratives built from “the memories of our lives,” which each of us create for ourselves and others.

Varone is also remarkable for choreographing dances for plays and operas, and for being a committed educator.

Lida, Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky co-founder, President and Creative Director, and Larissa Shirley King, Hanky Panky’s Senior Designer, attended DOVA’s opening night gala at The Joyce Theater earlier this month. DOVA premiered “Dome” (2014) and performed a revival of “Castles” (2004). In a rare treat, Varone soloed in “The Fabulist” (2014), returning to the stage for the first time in eight years. Of the performance, Larissa said:

The performance was thrilling. Castles was electrifying, The Fabulist was introspective and quite moving, and the world premiere of Dome was an amazing combination of tension built through stillness, mixed with incredible moments of high energy.

Doug Varone and Dancers in "Dome" (2014). (c) Paula Lobo. Courtesy of DOVA, Inc.

Doug Varone and Dancers in “Dome” (2014). © Paula Lobo. Courtesy of DOVA, Inc.

So how do you judge Hanky Panky by the company it keeps? Like Doug Varone and Dancers, we’re rethinking form and function for bodies in motion.

Upcoming performances by DOVA include “Stripped/Dressed” at the Edison Theater at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, January 23-24, 2015. Please click here to make a tax-deductible, year-end donation to Doug Varone and Dancers.

-Clara

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Show Your Love With Lace

When my stepmom gave my dad a pair of Icebreaker merino wool boxer briefs last winter, it was The Perfect Gift: luxuriously soft wool to cosset him, sporty functionality to affirm his love of outdoor pursuits and therefore, his manliness.

But when I asked my pops if he would ever buy lingerie for my stepmom, he said “no way.”

My dad is not alone. Most of the men I surveyed for this blog also said that buying undergarments for a lady friend is fraught, the classic hurdles being (a) the awkwardness of being a dude in a panty store, (b) sizes more befuddling than Sudoku, and (c) the risk that said lady will read the wrong message into the gift (“So my birthday suit isn’t good enough for you anymore?!” Christmas by the fire instead becoming waterworks, a stormy exit and a lonely scotch at the bar.)

What a shame, because comfortable, beautiful, well-made underwear is the basic “gear” of a woman’s daily life, and therefore makes a great present. So let’s take each hurdle in turn, and get you on the road to Man of The Year gifting.

Turn “Dude in a Panty Shop” Into “Dude in a Candy Shop”

 

Candy jars filled with rolled lace thongs at the Hanky Panky Panty Bar at the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, now through Christmas Eve.

Candy jars filled with rolled lace thongs at the Hanky Panky Panty Bar at the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, now through Christmas Eve.

Face it. My mom can buy sail boat print boxers at J. Crew for my brother without raising any eyebrows. But a man in a lingerie store does not have such an easy time of it. (Double standards are annoying, huh?)

Some practical workarounds:

1. Stop by Hanky Panky’s booth at the Grand Central Holiday Fair now through December 24, 2014. (We’re open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) You’ll find a wide assortment of styles and colors, expert advice, packed-in savings on gift packs, and our always-popular-with-the-ladies Thong Roses.

The Hanky Panky Thong Rose is a Signature Lace Thong wrapped around a silk rose bud. Available in Original Rise ($27, Style No. 4811RB), and Low Rise ($27, Style No. 4911RB), at the Panky Bar or on hankypanky.com.

The Hanky Panky Thong Rose is a Signature Lace Thong wrapped around a silk rose bud. Available in Original Rise ($27, Style No. 4811RB), and Low Rise ($27, Style No. 4911RB), at the Panky Bar and on hankypanky.com.

And while you’re at the Holiday Fair, buy yourself a hand-painted tie at Telos New York, a cooler-than-thou messenger bag at The Lodge, or a chew toy for Fido at The Life of Ryley.

2. Check out hankypanky.com, or even easier, call our Customer Care team for recommendations and let them place the order for you. Call us at 877.447.4811, or Live Chat with us, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm EST.

3. Not in New York and want to shop in person? Visit the Intimates section of your local NordstromLord and TaylorNeiman MarcusSaksBloomingdales or Macys during off-hours, like the middle of the afternoon on a weekday, or right when the store opens on a weekend. You’re likely to be the only customer there, and one of the perks of shopping at these better department stores is the highly trained sales staff.

 Decoding the Size Chart (Or Better Yet, One Size Fits All)

The World’s Most Comfortable Thong® is one size fits most, so you can skip size headaches.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong (Style No. 4911) in Sour Cherry.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong ($20, Style No. 4911) in Sour Cherry. Our Low Rise Thong fits pant sizes 2-12, and our Original Rise Thong ($20, Style No. 4811) fits pant sizes 4-14, our. These styles are also available in Plus and Petite sizes.

Too good to be true? Nope, it’s just your lucky day. In Design Revolution, we explained that the lace used in our signature thongs has enough elasticity to be truly one size fits most, without pinching  your honey’s skin. The V-shaped waistband of our thongs also flatter women of different shapes and sizes. If you do want to buy a sized item, take a peek at her dress or pant size and then find her size using our size charts (or call the Hanky Panky Customer Care team and we’ll figure it out for you):

Hanky Panky Size Chart

Use our size chart to buy your Hanky Panky gift in the right size. Or skip the heroics and buy her a Hanky Panky One Size Fits Most thong. I recommend the Original Rise Thong if she’s tall or curvy, or its younger sister, the Low Rise Thong, if she wears low rise jeans.

Choosing the Right Style

I could sing all day about the wonders of our thongs, because that little piece of lace changed my life, but if you’re worried about gifting lingerie that is overtly sexy, here are some subtle, but still smokin’, options:

Hanky Panky BARE Boyshort (Style No. 6J1281) in Mahogany.

Our BARE Boyshort ($30, Style No. 6J1281) is a must-have for every woman’s wardrobe. BARE is made of a super-soft, Italian microfiber, and is invisible under work suits, yoga pants and other form fitting clothes. Thanks to superior Hanky Panky construction, our BARE styles do not ride up or roll down. Available in six colors on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Classic Camisole (Style No. 1390L) and Boyshort (Style No. 4812)

You’re sure to score points by pairing our Signature Lace Classic Camisole ($48, Style No. 1390L) with a matching Signature Lace Boyshort ($29, Style No. 4812). Many women wear the cami and boyshort as a sleep set, and both pieces double as practical, everyday luxury. Available in more than 20 colors on hankypanky.com.

Of course, if overtly sexy is what you are going for, the Hanky Panky After Midnight® collection is a veritable garden of delights, including these lovelies:

The Heavy Metal ensemble, from our After Midnight collection. Bralette (Style No. 487294), Brazilian Bikini (Style No. 482644) and Cuffs (Style No. 48STCUFF).

The Heavy Metal ensemble. Bralette ($49, Style No. 487294), Brazilian Bikini ($36, Style No. 482644) and Cuffs ($16, Style No. 48STCUFF).

Signature Lace Keyhole Teddy (Style No. 488406). Shown here in Tulip Pink.

Signature Lace Keyhole Teddy ($69, Style No. 488406). Available on hankypanky.com in Tulip Pink (shown here) and Black.
Plus Size Peek-a-Boo Lace Babydoll with G-String. ($108, Style No. 9C6814X). Available online at hankypanky.com and at Macy's Herald Square.

Plus Size Peek-a-Boo Lace Babydoll with G-String. ($108, Style No. 9C6814X). Available online at hankypanky.com and at Macy’s Herald Square.

Click here for tips on styling your ladybird from Hanky Panky’s Senior Designer, Larissa Shirley King.

Let the gifting begin!

-Clara

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American Beauty Giveaway

American Beauty Giveaway

Hanky Panky teamed up with the Somme Institute to offer ten lucky winners a prize package with a $90 retail value. Each winner will receive the Somme Institute Starter Kit, which includes a trial size of each product in the Institute’s MDT5™  skin care regime, and two Signature Lace Colorplay thongs from Hanky Panky’s 2014 Holiday Collection.

If you didn’t make it to the polls on Tuesday because that spin class or Seinfeld rerun just couldn’t wait, never fear! You can exercise your civic duty this week by entering the Hanky Panky x Somme Institute American Beauty Giveaway.

Hanky Panky, which has proudly manufactured all of its garments in New York since 1977 using American-sourced materials, joined forces with the Somme Institute, New York-based makers of the coveted MDT5™ skin care regimen, to offer ten lucky winners a prize that delivers real American beauty. Each winner will receive:

  • a Somme Institute Starter Kit, which includes a trial size (about one week supply) of each product in the MDT5™ skin care regimen: Nourishing Cleanser, a non-foaming gel, Transport Pads with alpha hydroxy acids to exfoliate, serum to help improve skin tone, texture and clarity, A-Bomb moisturizer to, well, moisturize, and Double Defense cream with SPF 30+ and Parsol 1789 to protect your newly cleaned, exfoliated, toned and moisturized skin from the sun; and
  • two Hanky Panky Signature Lace Colorplay Thongs (Turkish Tile/Purple Jewel and Wisteria/Peachfizz), in the winner’s choice of Original Rise, Low Rise or Petite Low Rise.
Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Turkish Tile/Purple Jewel (Style No. 36106)

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Turkish Tile/Purple Jewel (Style No. 36106). Also available in Original Rise and Petite Low Rise at hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Wisteria/Peachfizz (Style No. 36106)

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Wisteria/Peachfizz (Style No. 36106). Also available in Original Rise and Petite Low Rise on hankypanky.com.

To read more about how America’s favorite thong is made right here in New York of materials sourced in the United States, see our earlier posts on Made in America, As American as Hanky Panky, Making It In NYC, and Moral Manufacturing.

Lookin’ good U.S.A.!

-Clara

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Sexually Speaking

“I’m old-fashioned and square,” Dr. Ruth said more than once, as she and Dr. Lila Nachtigall were interviewed about Female Sexuality in the 21st Century by Rehema Ellis of NBC News at the Cosmopolitan Club in Manhattan this week. The event was a presentation of the Foundation for Women’s Wellness, an organization dedicated to raising support for medical research on leading women’s health issues. Despite Ruth Westheimer’s self-characterization, she and “Dr. Lila” were candid and informative about the current state of female sexuality.

Dr. Ruth's Guide to Good Sex (Warner Brothers, New York), 1983.

Hardcover edition of Ruth Westheimer’s first book, Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Good Sex (Warner Brothers, New York), 1983. Many credit Dr. Ruth with bringing frank, informed, and compassionate talk about sex to the American mainstream, beginning in 1982 with her radio talk show, “Sexually Speaking.”

Subjects that were addressed during the presentation and the question period included the dearth of women as a research variable, the curious fact that testosterone has not been approved by the FDA for women to improve libido, dry vagina, which Dr. Lila memorably announced as “my kind of emergency” (call her at any time of the day or night!), anal intercourse (the choice of some young women in order to preserve “virginity”), and current guidelines for PAP smears.

Ruth Westheimer and Lila Nachtigall bring decades of intelligence to this discussion, backed up, in Dr. Nachtigall’s experience, by massive research on various aspects of women’s health. There is a lot more to learn from these dynamic leaders.

-Lida Orzeck, Hanky Panky Co-Founder and CEO

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Why Hanky Panky Supports The Pink Agenda

Hanky Panky is a proud supporter of The Pink Agenda

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through the end of October, save 20% on select pink styles on hankypanky.com. Hanky Panky was one of the sponsors of The Pink Agenda’s 2014 fundraising gala.

Even a cursory glance at the Philanthropy page on hankypanky.com will tell you two important things about Hanky Panky. One, we have a whole lotta heart for women and young people (and veterans, artists, animals and the environment, in no particular order). And two, we are as savvy about giving as we are about intimate apparel.

Case-in-point: Hanky Panky was a proud sponsor of The Pink Agenda‘s 7th annual gala, which took place earlier this month at the IAC Building on 18th Street & 11th Avenue in Manhattan.

IAC Building

The Pink Agenda’s 2014 gala was held in a building that itself testifies to what human ingenuity can achieve when it’s backed by money. Designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2007, the IAC Building is a dream realized – stacked glass helices that should not stand up, but somehow do, and create space and light in the midst of a concrete jungle. Photo courtesy of The Pink Agenda.


The gala is one of the two major fundraising events that The Pink Agenda, a public charity, holds every year to raise money for breast cancer research and care. In addition to providing monetary support, Hanky Panky donated several pairs of its beloved Signature Lace Low Rise Thong, in three winning shades of pink. The thongs made up part of an “Uptown Girl” goody basket that was auctioned at the gala. In total, The Pink Agenda raised more than $250,000 at this year’s gala.

"Uptown Girl" pack auctioned at The Pink Agenda's 7th Annual Gala

Hanky Panky, Louboutin, and other coveted brands donated goodies for an “Uptown Girl” pack that was auctioned at The Pink Agenda’s 7th Annual Gala. Photo by Michael Blanchard, courtesy of The Pink Agenda.

With hundreds of nonprofits in the United States dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research, patient care and public awareness, why did Hanky Panky choose to support The Pink Agenda?

For starters, The Pink Agenda focuses on engaging young professionals in the fight against breast cancer. Founded by three young women with diverse professional experience in finance, government, legal marketing and advertising, TPA is keenly aware of what young professionals can offer the cause: disposable income and, equally important, networking and other practical skills that make them excellent volunteers and fundraisers. TPA’s target audience makes them a natural partner for Hanky Panky, for whom professional women are a key customer. Hanky Panky’s classic thong and lace tops were designed in the mid-1980s with working women in mind (see our post on “Layering with Lace“), and the brand is still wildly popular among professional women of all ages today.

The Pink Agenda's founders

The three women who founded The Pink Agenda in 2007 (left to right): Liana Douillet Guzman, Jaquelyn Scharnick and Marisa Renee Lee. Photo by Michael Blanchard, courtesy of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Pink Agenda also spends their money wisely. TPA’s research grants fund clinical and/or translational breast cancer research projects vetted by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s board of scientific advisors, and their direct care grants fund a treatment program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts that is specifically tailored to young women with breast cancer.

Giuliana Rancic, E! News anchor and founder of Fab-U-Wish.

The Pink Agenda also supports FAB-U-WISH, an initiative established by breast cancer survivor and E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic. Photo by Michael Blanchard, courtesy of The Pink Agenda.

Finally, The Pink Agenda hits the ball out of the park when it comes to financial efficiency, no small feat in the nonprofit world. A review of TPA’s 2012 Form 990 shows that, in that year, more than 90% of their expenditures were program-related, an all-volunteer staff kept their administrative expenses to less than $1,000/year, and TPA’s fundraising expenses were reasonable in proportion to their total contributions.

All in, Hanky Panky is very proud to support The Pink Agenda.

-Clara

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Throngs of Thongs

Hanky Panky’s 34th annual Sample Sale was a smashing success!

Thong Board @ Hanky Panky's 34th annual NYC Sample Sale

Shoppers at Hanky Panky’s 34th annual NYC Sample Sale ordered their favorite thongs from the Thong Board, choosing from over 60 colors and prints. Photo courtesy of Vox Media, Inc. and Racked.com.

For our customers, it was like being a kid in a candy shop: a gluttonous feast of thongs, panties, bras, camisoles and nighties in more than 60 vibrant colors and patterns on the softest stretch lace, cotton and modal, all for significantly below the retail price. Mothers and daughters, princesses and Riot grrrls, all found treasures to take home. (To sign-up for email notifications about our 2015 Sample Sale, please email us at contact-us@hankypanky.com.)

For the company, the Sample Sale has always been about the customer. Hosting a three-day sample sale in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood is not cheap, especially when you go to the lengths that we do to provide a good customer experience with an organized and well-stocked sales floor manned by knowledgeable staff. So when the prices are this low, you gotta figure the Sample Sale is about more than just dollars and cents. When I asked co-founder and President Gale Epstein about this last year, she said to me: “We really do it for our customers.” This year, co-founder and CEO Lida Orzeck, who worked behind the cash register at the Sample Sale for three days running, told me that our customers’ pleasure in being able to snag more of the lingerie they love was “palpable.” Lida, Gale, our designers and manufacturing staff also value the chance to speak face-to-face with the women who wear Hanky Panky, and hear what they have to say about the product.

Thong Board at Hanky Panky's 34th annual Sample Sale in NYC

Today, Hanky Panky’s annual Sample Sale in NYC draws thousands more shoppers than our first sample sale did in 1980, but some things never change: it’s still a treat for our customers.

For me, an incidental but important benefit of the Sample Sale was bonding with colleagues. Other companies host parties at fancy restaurants or send employees on executive retreats to boost morale and cooperation. Here at Hanky Panky, we all pitch in once a year at the Sample Sale to pick & pack thong orders, restock boyshort bins, advise brides-to-be and their maids on bridal lingerie, and, following our CEO’s lead, work the cash register. By some magic that feels unique to this smaller underwear company, the simple pleasure of a job well done, for our customers and each other, is all we need to keep the pep in our step.

-Clara

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