7 Ways to Repurpose Holiday Gift Boxes

Hanky Panky incorporates the “3 R’s” of environmentally-conscious living—Reduce, Reuse & Recycle—in just about every aspect of its manufacturing and corporate operations, including the striking gift packing for our Signature Lace Thong multi-packs. Hanky Panky gift boxes are made of recycled materials and are themselves recyclable (including the clear plastic panels used in the box tops, which is made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, plastic). But before you toss one of our beautiful gift boxes in the recycling bin, consider reusing it. To get your “creative environmentalism” juices flowing, here are seven ways Hanky Panky staffers repurpose our gift boxes:

Nail Polish Organizer

This darling polka dot box, originally used for a Hanky Panky Thong 5-Pack sold exclusively by Nordstrom, will have a second career as a nail polish organizer.

Manicure Care Package

A self-assembled manicure toolkit is an easy, useful and inexpensive gift for yourself or a friend. This leopard print silver box houses the Hanky Panky Low Rise Thong 4-Pack ($72), available in two colorways on hankypanky.com.

Jewelry Box

Organize and display your baubles in Hanky Panky’s unique gift boxes. The metallic leopard print heart box (left) is the romantic packaging for Hanky Panky’s 2015 Valentine’s Day Thong 3-Pack ($54), still available at select retailers.

Candy!

Purim begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th, Easter is around the corner, and colorful candy in a snazzy box is a great gift on any day!

Lipstick Case

Luscious lips deserve luxurious cases. Organize your favorite lipsticks and glosses in the metallic leopard gift box for Hanky Panky’s Original Rise Thong 2-Pack ($38). Available on hankypanky.com.

Office supplies

An organized desk helps keep an organized mind. Add some pizzaz to your office by storing supplies in a Hanky Panky glitter houndstooth gift box.

Gadgets

What would life be like if you could actually find the charger you needed when you needed it? One enterprising Hanky Panky staffer put our chevron print gift box to use in her mission to find out.

-Clara & Carrie

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For the Love of Undies

 

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All I can say is that after my first pair of Hanky Panky undies, I was sold. A long time thong wearer, I often struggled to find a brand that was actually made for my body. Voilà, along these came. The only bad part is that my one year old “puppy” also takes a fancy to them. Now, I love my Hank Panky thongs, but at $20 a pop, my dog’s thong obsession gets expensive. So I ask you, what do I choose? Food, Dog, or my Hanky Panky thongs? I say Ramen Noodles, obedience classes for my dog, and a birthday discount for those who will give up fine food for the love of this brand of undies!! Back to the store I go . . .

T. P. Dallas, TX

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The Modern Gal’s Trousseau

A friend of mine is getting married in June. Her mother and I, who happen to share a taste for 19th century chick lit (i.e., Anthony Trollope, Henry James and Edith Wharton), decided to resuscitate an old tradition for my friend’s bridal shower: the trousseau.

Trousseau-list

List of “under-linen” for the trousseau of a 19th century English bride, which in the author’s estimation “would form a liberal supply for a girl of the middle classes.” The Young Ladies’ Treasure Book, London, 1884.

Like the modern wedding registry, the bridal trousseau was a gift of material goods for use in married life. But the similarity ends with monogrammed bed and bath linens. Instead of All Clad pots and Kitchen Aid cake mixers, the trousseau consisted of items personal to the bride. For a well-to-do bride, this meant an entire wardrobe of new clothes, including new underwear. According to Godey’s Lady’s Book, the most widely circulated women’s magazine in mid-19th century America, a proper trousseau included 10 different day and evening dresses, cloaks, bonnets, jewelry, French scarves, Indian shawls, Spanish lace mantillas, morning robes, breakfast jackets, and “the many beautiful little articles of lingerie, which add so materially to the attractiveness of the toilette.” Typically, the bride’s family paid for her trousseau.

For our modern update on the trousseau, we gave my friend a set of lingerie and sleepwear essentials for her wedding, honeymoon, home and professional life. Splitting the cost among her mother and four bridesmaids, it came to $88 per person, plus tax. (Not too bad for NYC, but of course you can adjust up or down depending on the bridesmaids’ budget.)

1. A chemise that can do double-duty as romantic sleepwear and a slip under a skirt suit or dress.

Cross-Dye Antoinette Silky Skin Chemise

The Cross-Dye Antoinette Silky Skin Chemise is made from Hanky Panky’s exclusive ultra-lightweight microfiber filament rayon Lycra® spandex jersey and glides invisibly under clothing. Style No. 9N5991. $119 on hankypanky.com

 2. Dressy camisole is a go-to top on a honeymoon in a hot climate and the perfect underpinning for everyday suiting.

Signature Lace Applique Cami in Marshmallow. Style No. 484911. $59 on hankypanky.com.

Signature Lace Applique Cami in Marshmallow. Style No. 484911. $59 on hankypanky.com.

3. Who wants to worry about visible panty lines (VPL) on their Big Day?

BARE "Godiva" Hi-Rise Thong in Vanilla. Style No. 6J1921. $25. Available in a wide range of skin tones on hankypanky.com.

BARE “Godiva” Hi-Rise Thong in Vanilla. Style No. 6J1921. $25. Available in a wide range of skin tones on hankypanky.com.

4. Something blue.

Annabel Leg Garter. Style No. 48B111. $20 on hankypanky,com

Annabel Leg Garter. Style No. 48B111. $20 on hankypanky,com

5. The perfect match, now and forever (well, at least for a long time, if treated carefully).

Annabelle Bralette. Style No. 487251. $50 on hankypanky.com.

Annabelle Bralette. Style No. 487251. $50 on hankypanky.com.

Annabelle Boyshort. Style No. 481231. $36 on hankypanky.com.

Annabelle Boyshort. Style No. 481231. $36 on hankypanky.com.

6. Just for fun.

Hanky Panky's Signature Lace Teddy is crotchless and has a thong back. Style No. 488406. $69. Available in Tulip Pink and Black on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky’s Signature Lace Teddy is crotchless and has a thong back. Style No. 488406. $69. Available in Tulip Pink and Black on hankypanky.com.

7. Sexy, beautiful, comfortable basics.

Low Rise Thong 3-Pack (Black, Chai & White). Style No. 49113PK. $60 on hankypanky.com.

Low Rise Thong 3-Pack (Black, Chai & White). Style No. 49113PK. $60 on hankypanky.com.

-Clara

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I <3 Hanky Panky

 

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I just received my order today, and wanted to share the gratitude and joy that your lovely lingerie brings to my life.

As a baker, my work schedule consists of very early mornings (many would consider it the middle of the night) and very physical work, which leaves little time to work on my feminine appearance: no makeup, hair thrown back, jeans and t-shirt.

To compensate, my underwear has always made me feel good, and it reminds me that I am still an attractive woman!

I have been a long time buyer of Hanky Panky thongs (my first pair dates back to 2000 and is still in great condition), but in the last year my collection has been a real source of pleasure during a very difficult time.

Last year my marriage completely fell apart. Nine years together, six years married, and over in three weeks flat. Done. Over. Out. Practically overnight I had to move, downgrade my car, my finances seemed shaky and I felt like a complete wreck. It was a kick in the self esteem department.

My love of baking, my small business, customers, friends, loving family and the wonderful community of fellow bakers and cooks in my city anchored me in this stormy period of my life. From this adversity came true inner strength, fortitude and perseverance. They say 40 is the age of transformation and boy do I know it!

During this time I also found comfort in buying myself new Hanky Panky undies. Maybe once a week or twice a month—whenever the mood strikes—I go pick up a pair here and there and then find a color or print I like for next time. My friends joke about my addiction. But my Hanky Panky thongs remind me that no matter how much someone has hurt me or rejected me, I know I am still special and I deserve love. Especially to myself from myself.

So last week I decided to order myself a treat for Valentine’s Day because you know, a newly single gal does not need to feel deprived on such a day!

I had never ever ordered online before…what a treat! I looked forward to my Hanky Panky order all week. When I received it today, it warmed my heart. When I opened my package, I saw that you hand pack every order with tissue and stickers. I love the care you put into your packaging and that you are conscious of minimal packaging and box size.

And did I mention the underwear itself? LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I find great pleasure in opening up my lingerie drawer. It feels like a jack-in-the-box bursting with beautiful prints and colors and new thongs for my new life. I look forward to sharing my life with someone else someday and he will also benefit from my collection too. But for now, I keep them just for me.

So I just wanted to say thank you.

I love Hanky Panky.

I love they are made in the USA.

I love how much integrity you put into your work. I love that they are made in New York. And I love how you make people’s lives all the richer with your wonderful products.

Can’t wait to order again!

Most Sincerely,

Sarah B.
Minneapolis, MN

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Goats, Don’t Forget Your Red Underwear Today

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

The Year of the Goat kicks off today, with fireworks, pageantry and celebrations across Asia and in Chinatowns around the world.

Chinese New Year 2015

2015 is the Year of the Goat

According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese animal zodiac, or Shēngxiào, was an effort to simplify the sexagenary, or 60-year, “stem and branch” calendar system used by government officials during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).  Rather than recording history using 10 Heavenly Stems for years and 12 Earthly Branches for months, the zodiac is five cycles of 12 years each, with each of the 12 years denoted by a different animal: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Simpler? I don’t know. My head hurts. I need to Quantum Leap back to Ancient China for some remedial math lessons.)

Shēngxiào means “birth likeness,” which tells me that Susan Miller of AstrologyZone.com was not the first person to realize that the timing of our birth influences our character and lives. So, if you were born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 or 2015, let me tell you a little about yourself.

First, you are a goat. I’m sorry, but it’s true. We can’t all be dragons.

Second, this could be a hard year for you. Because you were born in a Year of the Goat in an earlier cycle, and it is the Year of the Goat in our current cycle, you’re all out of luck. Ben Ming Nian baby! To avoid financial ruin, divorce, and a lot of other bad stuff happening to you this year, you’ve got to maximize the few lucky breaks astrology has granted you:

  • If you play the Lotto, hit up numbers 2 and 7 hard,
  • Wait until August 7th or 30th to ask that sweetie out on a date (if she’s OOO in August, you have to wait until November, sorry),
  • Walk North at all times, every day, for the rest of the year, and
  • Wear red underwear, especially today, but if possible, everyday, preferably a different pair, preferably a red Hanky Panky thong, V-kini, bikini or boyshort.
Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Red. $20 on hankypanky.com.

If you are a Goat, this little slip of red lace could be the only thing standing between you and disaster this year. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low Rise Thong in Red. $20 on hankypanky.com.

-Clara

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Gal-entine’s Day

MET Costume Institute_Gift of Gale Epstein

The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds several gorgeous pieces of vintage Hanky Panky, including this bra and panty set from 1980, made from vintage handkerchiefs. Gale gave Lida a similar set as a birthday present, and a lasting and fruitful partnership was born.

Tomorrow is for celebrating the thrilling frission of romantic love. I am going to listen to Sam Cooke’s “Cupid” and reread my favorite passages in The Once and Future King (no one does the wounded lover pout like Guenever, or is as manly in defeat to love as Lancelot). But thanks to Amy Poehler and the brilliant gang on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, today is for honoring friendship among girls. Words of the day are “Hoes before Bros,” “ovaries before brovaries,” BFF and besties.

"Love and Friendship" by Emily Bronte

Framed reprint of Emily Brontë’s 1850 poem “Love and Friendship”. Available at Book Culture on 450 Columbus Avenue, NY, NY 10024.

Hanky Panky began with the friendship of our co-founders, Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck. Gale and Lida met during their college years, and remained close after graduation. One year, Gale designed and sewed a bra and panty set to give to Lida as a birthday present, made from the vintage handkerchiefs that Gale was collecting at the time. Lida loved her present. Together, the friends decided that other women would also appreciate the styles, and they hit upon a winning name, “Hanky Panky.” Gale went back to her studio and expanded the two pieces to a collection, which Lida then sold to top lingerie departments and stores throughout New York City. Just like that, a star of American design and manufacturing was born. Today, Hanky Panky makes American-made and -sourced clothing that millions of women love to wear, in the process employing hundreds of local workers.

-Clara

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Goblin Market – sisterly bond with fantasies, fears and underpinnings

Rossetti-golden head by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti-golden head by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (date unknown). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In our own Hudson Valley there is a very special performance at the Philipstown Depot Theatre, a darling, repurposed train station in Garrison, NY. This enchanting production of Goblin Market, a chamber musical adapted by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon from the poem by Christina Rosetti, 1830-1894, sister of the pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti, portrays the unique bond between sisters. Two stunning actresses, Maia Guest and Jenn Lee, bring this delightful piece to life, reciting and singing to music composed by Pen. In the Depot’s intimate setting, the performance is like a vintage music box come to life.

Goblin Market

Lizzie, played by Maia Guest (left), tries to tempt her more cautious sister Laura, played by Jenn Lee (right), with a forbidden fruit from the goblin market. Photograph courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre.

A flashback of sorts, the young sisters share their fears and fantasies, loaded with erotic symbolism, of a traveling exotic fruit market run by menacing goblin men and life threatening, forbidden fruits. Stripped to their modest Victorian layers of chemise, bloomers, and corset, the effect is further charged.

“Golden head by golden head,/Like two pigeons in one nest/Folded in each other’s wings,/They lay down in their curtain’d bed:” (Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market,” 1862.) Photograph courtesy of the Philipstown Depot Theatre.

As one of six sisters, I was so touched by the power of sisterly devotion this production conveyed. As co-founder of the lingerie company that cherishes and promotes the sharing nature of sisterhood, I loved the reinforcement of this message.

Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY

The Depot Theatre is housed in the former Garrison train station, which was built in 1892-1893. The original train depot was featured in the film, “Hello Dolly” with Barbra Streisand.

-Gale Epstein | Creative Director & President

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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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