Pick of the Week: Millefleur

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Hanky Panky Millefleur Chemise

Hanky Panky Millefleur Chemise

Styles Highlighted: Millefleur Print

Collection: Spring 2014, New Arrivals

Why we love it: French for a thousand blooms, our Millefleur print screams Spring. Cure your midwinter blues with this bright and colorful print. Available in original rise thong, low rise thong, petite low rise thong, retro thong, v-kini, boyshort, camisole, and chemise.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Hanky Panky Spring 2014 Palette: Cinematic Colors

Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Color Palette

With hyper-saturated Technicolor hues and prints that play with scale and proportion, our Spring 2014 collection takes you on a trip through a celluloid wonderland. Seasonal Signature Lace colors include Chambray, Purple Jewel, Malachite, Key Lime Pie, Bali Blue, Passion Fruit, Peach Fizz and Pretty in Pink. Shimmer Lace palette includes Iridescent Bliss Pink Shimmer and Iridescent White Shimmer. New Hanky Panky BARE colors are Pacific Blue and Marshmallow.

-Larissa, Senior Designer 

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Sustainability & Fashion at Hanky Panky

Production cutting at Hanky Panky's warehouse in Hollis, Queens.

Production cutting at Hanky Panky’s warehouse in Hollis, Queens. Photograph ©Brian Goldman

Following are excerpts from a career-related speech that Elizabeth de Luna, Class of ’14, gave in her Public Speaking class at Barnard College.

The fashion industry is a vicious cycle of excess and spending, desire and immediate gratification. It’s no wonder that telling people I want to pursue a career in “environmentally sustainable fashion” sounds like I am putting my faith in some sort of oxymoron. Sustainability is the efficient and effective utilization of natural resources for the harmonious coexistence of humans and nature that fulfills the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Traditional fashion, by comparison, often exploits natural resources, including the people who create the clothing that keeps the industry running.

The tension between these inherently dissonant entities—sustainability and fashion—was one of the first points of discussion brought up by Lida Orzeck, CEO of Hanky Panky and my interviewee for this speech. Lida is a Barnard graduate and she and her best friend Gale Epstein, Creative Director of the company, have led Hanky Panky since its inception in 1977. I have a great respect for Lida that stems from my observation of her unabated dedication to Barnard. She is a wonderful role model for young women like me. Furthermore, she is a joy to speak with and a wealth of knowledge because Hanky Panky has been implementing sustainable practices since before the word “sustainable” was even in vogue.

In fact, Lida says that the simple event that started the company in 1977 was itself a sustainable act. Gale fashioned a lingerie set out of cotton handkerchiefs and presented the set to Lida as a gift. This was Hanky Panky’s first act of sustainability—the repurposing of one piece of clothing into another—and thanks to that fateful pair of panties, Hanky Panky was born. Today, Hanky Panky is a multi million dollar entity and its products are worn by the likes of Beyoncé and Kate Winslet. On the cover of her new single, Lady Gaga wears a Hanky Panky thong panty (and nothing else)! The company has a devout following among their non-famous clientele as well, who often pass along their love of the brand to their sisters and daughters.

Lady Gaga in Hanky Panky

Lady Gaga in Hanky Panky

Since the very inception of Hanky Panky in 1977, Lida and Gale have implemented many sustainable practices, many of which also happen to be cornerstones of good business. Where a product is made and how a product is made have recently become the most visible components of fashion production due to the widespread coverage of building collapses in Bangladesh. These accidents killed thousands of garment workers and sparked worldwide interest in the working conditions of garment laborers. Hanky Panky’s cutting is done in a factory in Queens and sewing is done by local independent contractors who have worked with Hanky Panky for years. The proximity of the factory cuts down on carbon emissions that would otherwise result from transport to and from an overseas production facility, and allows the Hanky Panky teams to oversee production and have a firm hand in the way that labor operations occur. Local production costs more than offshore production, but it results in consistency of product quality and in better labor conditions for workers. In an industry that exports its labor and production to other countries, Hanky Panky is quite unique in their decision to keep production local.

Lida and Gale do their best to make sure that they buy materials that are sourced domestically and of highest quality. A Hanky Panky panty is made of lace and American Pima cotton, some of which is organically-grown. Sourcing quality material not only ensures that those responsible for the material were treated correctly, it ensures that the environment was treated well, too. And Hanky Panky’s earth-friendly outlook doesn’t stop in their production facilities; the company works to integrate sustainable policies on waste into company culture. For example, Hanky Panky donates scraps from their production to charity so they can be used in arts and crafts projects for children. Years before the city instituted mandatory recycling, Hanky Panky instructed employees to be mindful of waste and have worked to raise staff awareness.

At the close of our conversation, I asked Lida if Hanky Panky’s success had ever made her consider expanding the business beyond their Queens factory. For Lida and Gale, the goal is quality over quantity—bigger is not necessarily better, in their estimation. What I find most impressive about Lida, and Gale is their willingness to continue to learn, grow and be the best they can be. As more clothing companies make the move to sustainable practices, it is clear that Hanky Panky has been a trendsetter from the start with over 30 years of eco-friendly and humane fashion.

-Elizabeth de Luna

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Hanky Panky CEO Donates Collection of 20th Century Propaganda Posters to Barnard College

Art in Service of a Cause. Copyright All rights reserved by Barnard College

Hanky Panky co-founder and CEO Lida Orzeck recently donated a collection of 52 World War I and World War II propaganda posters to her Alma Mater, Barnard College. The collection was amassed by her late father, Dr. David Orzeck.

A selection of 7 of the posters in now on view at Barnard, in Milbank Hall, outside the president’s office.

Read more about the donation and see a selection of the posters in the article “Art in Service of a Cause,” which appeared in the Fall issue of Barnard Magazine.

 

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Ring in the New Year in Hanky Panky

With the Holiday’s consuming 99.9% of your thoughts this season, have you even had a moment to think about what you are wearing to ring in the New Year? We will leave the bedazzled dresses up to you and give you a few ideas on what to wear as underpinnings this season…

What’s your New Year’s wish? With this set of 3 lucky panties, you don’t have to choose! Great for gift-giving (or treating yourself). This set of three thongs includes White for peace, Passionate Pink for love, and True Blue for good health.

Have you chosen your outfit for the biggest New Year’s bash but need a thong that you can barely see under your super sassy and super tight dress? We have the perfect style. Our 3 Pack of BARE “Eve” Natural Rise Thongs are perfect for any outfit, day or night!

Feeling sassy this New Year’s? Try any one of our sizzling Hanky Panky After Midnight™ collection features sexy crotchless panties, sensual peek-a-boo bralettes, daring teddies and babydolls in our soft laces and stretch tulles.

 -Hillary

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Perfect Stocking Stuffers!

Hanky Panky Holiday Packaging
All your major shopping is taken care of, now it’s time for all those fun little extras.

If you wish to order from HankyPanky.com, please keep in mind the following ordering deadlines for delivery by Tuesday, 12/24:

2-Day Shipping: Thursday, December 19, 1pm EST
Overnight Shipping: Friday, December 20, 1pm EST

Hanky Panky’s Holiday Glitter Houndstooth boxes make super-luxe stocking stuffers! Available in boxes of 1, 3 or 5 thongs, and in Low Rise, Petite, and Plus size, there’s a sparkly box for everyone.

Low Rise Thong in Glitter Houndstooth Box

Single Thong in Glitter Houndstooth Box

3 Pack Thongs in Glitter Houndstooth Box

3 Pack Thongs in Glitter Houndstooth Box

5 Pack of Thongs in a Glitter Houndstooth Box

5 Pack of Thongs in a Glitter Houndstooth Box

For the ladies, who want a change from lace, we also offer multi-packs of our best-selling Organic Cotton With a Conscience® thongs and totally smooth and invisible Hanky Panky BARE microfiber thongs.

Cotton With A Conscience Three-Pack.

Cotton With a Conscience® Three-Pack.

Hanky Panky BARE Three-Pack

Hanky Panky BARE Three-Pack

Happy Gifting!

-Larissa, Senior Designer 

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Pick of the Week: Roses & Pearls

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Styles Highlighted: Roses & Pearls Print Collection

Hanky Panky Roses & Pearls Cigarette Girl Chemise

Roses & Pearls Cigarette Girl Chemise

Collection:  Holiday 2013 and New Arrivals

Why we love it: Roses are red, pearls are white, and our newest print is sheer delight! This 1980s-inspired floral and polka dot print is available in our universally-flattering cigarette girl chemise, crossover bralette, boyshort, v-kini, and both low rise and original rise thongs.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Pick of the Week: Isabella Bow

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Isabella Bow by Hanky Panky

Styles Highlighted: Isabella Bow

Collection: Holiday 2013 and New Arrivals

Why we love it: Bellissima! The Isabella Bow Collection is sexy, fun and flirty! With its silky sheer stretch tulle embellished with contrasting trim and over-sized satin bows, it’s a perfect holiday must-have!

Want it? Buy it now.

-Hillary @hankypankyhb

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Trend Alert: Black & Red

Red and black is the trend of the season! Festive and fun, you can’t go wrong with our selection of tartan print, red trimmed in black, solid red, and classic black. Mixing and matching works, too! Here is our selection of our favorite styles…

Hanky Panky Retro Bralette and Thong

Retro Crossover Bralette with Contrast Trim: Pair this retro-style bralette with its matching Retro Thong and you’re sure to give the sexy screen sirens of Old Hollywood a run for their money. Thanks to the seductive crossover V-neckline, this sultry number will make your look even hotter when worn under a low-cut top.

Retro Thong with Contrast Trim: Your curves are sure to look sleeker than ever in this high-waisted, hip-hugging bit of lace, especially under a snug dress or pencil skirt!

Princess Lace Chemise: Signature lace combined with our luxurious princess lace.

Ariel Lace Dolman Top: This fashion-forward top features chic batwing sleeves.

Highland Tartan Print Lace Overlay Bralette: Kick up your heels in this classic with attitude!

-Hillary @hankypankyhb

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Pick of the Week: Sequins Print

Welcome to the Pick of the Week, a weekly highlight on what we are loving right now!

Styles HighlightedSequins Print Collection

Sequins Print Original Rise Thong

Sequins Print Original Rise Thong

Sequins Print Boyshort

Sequins Print Boyshort

Sequins Print Low Rise Thong

Sequins Print Low Rise Thong

Collection: New Arrivals

Why we love it: Très chic trompe-l’oeil sequin print in icy shades of blue!

Want it? Buy it now.

-Hillary @hankypankyhb

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