Hanky Panky x Dallas Shaw

Hanky Panky x Dallas Shaw lingerie collection

Hanky Panky x Dallas Shaw

I’ve been a fan of Dallas Shaw’s work for a while and love seeing all the fun collaborations she’s worked on with everyone from Christian Louboutin to Disney and now HANKY PANKY!

I’m proud to say that for our 40th anniversary, we had the opportunity to work with her on a gorgeous watercolor illustration featuring an assortment of Hanky Panky’s pretty little panties and sleepwear. Her illustrations were turned into an adorable print on our signature lace, retro lace and chiffon. The lingerie bag is also adorable to travel with if you have any Fall getaways planned! I recently had the chance to catch up with Dallas Shaw right before New York Fashion Week and get to know her a little better.

Dallas Shaw painting portraits at The Story + Rain Lounge at Hanky Panky's 40th Anniversary celebration at the West Edge on the High Line. ©Benjamin Lozovsky, BFA.com

Dallas Shaw painting portraits at The Story + Rain Lounge at Hanky Panky’s 40th Anniversary celebration at the West Edge on the High Line. ©Benjamin Lozovsky, BFA.com

For our readers that are not familiar with your work, how would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I’m a fashion illustrator, author, visual consultant, speaker, boss and occasionally a tv host.

What attracted you to collaborating with Hanky Panky?

I love iconic brands and there is no other cult following quite like Hanky Panky.

Were you a Hanky Panky fan beforehand? If so, what is your favorite styles?

Yes – isn’t everyone ? I like everything with a v-cut and the bralettes are a must have.

What is your favorite piece in the Hanky Panky x Dallas Shaw Collection and why?

The [chiffon] camisole. It’s sweet and short and it bells out at the bottom making it look floaty and feminine when worn.

What inspired the illustration used for this print?

We talked at length about ideas and circled back to candy colored lingerie, because of the the 40th anniversary print. We all wanted something colorful and flirty- and that is essentially what Hanky Panky does best!

What is another memorable project/collaboration that you have done and what made that unique?

I’m currently the illustrator for St. Regis in Kauai. It’s so wonderful spending time in Hawaii and illustrating beautiful wedding moments.

It was great to see you at our 40th Anniversary party! What was your favorite moment/any highlights you would like to share?

I had an absolute blast attending and sketching up some illustrations for guests. The line was so long that they shut the lights down on us!! It was super flattering and fun. It was also the first time I saw the collection in person, so seeing the artwork on the models was the best part for me. I always hold onto moments like that.

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Isn’t she just the cutest? This project was definitely a winning combination and so fun to style for the look book! Check out the collection and enter our giveaway—I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her work, too!

-JD, Director of Visual & Branding

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Let’s Talk: Ovarian Cancer

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is an awareness portion of our blog. Not only do we like to talk about pretty panties, great fit and amazing lace but we also want to keep you informed about things you need to know. Don’t be shy, we are all human beings. So, let’s talk about Ovarian Cancer.

Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: Bloating, Difficulty Eating, Pelvic/Abdominal Pain, and Urinary Frequency.

Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer: Bloating, Difficulty Eating, Pelvic/Abdominal Pain, and Urinary Frequency. (Graphic courtesy of  OCRFA)

It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Here are facts about this cancer and what you can do to not only protect yourself but be a helpful hand in the research and cure of the disease.*

• 200,000 women in the US are currently living with Ovarian Cancer
• It is one of the deadliest cancers for women
• There is no early detection test, so most cases are diagnosed when the disease is advanced

*All facts provided by OCRFA

What you can do:

Please visit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, the largest Ovarian cancer research advocacy and patient support organization in the world. Since 1998 they have funded $75 million in private research at leading medical institutions and fought on Capitol Hill to help secure $2.2 billion in federal funding for ovarian cancer research and awareness. Visit them to learn your risk, symptoms and how you get involved. Perhaps this information could save your life or the life of a loved one.

Hanky Panky is proud supporter of the OCRFA through its efforts at Super Saturday.

Show your support by wearing teal this month.



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National Dog Day: The Dogs of Hanky Panky

Did you know? Saturday, August 26th is National Dog Day! To celebrate, we’re going to feature a few of the adorable pups that the Hanky Panky team shares their lives with.

Henree and Lida on sofa

Henree & Lida

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (or visitor to Hanky Panky’s Headquarters) you already know Henree, Hanky Panky’s Chairman (sic) of the Board. Hanky Panky co-founder and CEO Lida Orzeck adopted Henree from a poodle rescue 12 1/2 years ago. She is a fixture in the Hanky Panky office, has guest-starred in Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts comic, recently made her Times Square jumbotron debut and celebrated her 15th birthday in June. This is a typical tableau from the end of a Hanky Panky workday for Henree and Lida.

Donatella, JD's Dog


Meet Donatella, a recent addition to our Director of Visual & Branding, JD’s family. She’s a Yorkie hailing from Milan via Lawn Guyland and currently teething like crazy! Big toes and noses are her favorite things to gnaw on so far!

Aiko, Jensine's Dog


Meet Aiko, who belongs to Jensine in the product development department. Aiko is an adorable 3-year-old Chihuahua-Yorkie mix who is fully grown at 12 pounds. “Aiko” is a Japanese name, which loosely translated means “little love” or “beloved child.”

Judy's Dogs, Murphy & Morgan

Murphy & Morgan

Murphy and Morgan are 8 year old Black & White Springer Spaniels who live with Judy Stewart, our Executive Business Consultant, on a lake in Stamford, CT. They LOVE to jump into the pool, cuddle with all guests and give Judy slurppy kisses when she gets home from work! They are sister and brother and often can be found snuggling together on their favorite chair.

Lacey's dog Opal


Opal is a seven-year-old Chihuahua intern Lacey adopted last month from PupStarz Rescue. Says Lacey, “We originally intended on fostering her—but within 24 hours, we were in love! Opal loves to cuddle, hide under towels, and lick faces. She truly is the perfect dog, and our lives wouldn’t be the same without her.”

Lisa's Dog George Michael

George Michael

George Michael is a Puggle who belongs to Lisa in the Purchasing Department. Lisa says, “He loves the beach, running around in the yard and his favorite food – steak.”

Rachel's Siberian Husky, Luke


Luke is an 11 year old Siberian Husky who belongs to Rachel in the Export Department. He loves the New York snow, even though he was originally a rescue from Florida. Says Rachel, “He has been a kept man ever since he wound up on my doorstep when he was 4 years old.”

Sadiya's dog Buddy.


Meet Buddy, a “Shorkie” (a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix) that belongs to Sadiya in the Sales Department. Sadiya got him in Miami when he was 2 months old, and he was the runt of his family. According to Sadiya, “Buddy loves anything soft (blanket, carpet, etc.) and air conditioning. He has a lot of attitude, and really thinks he is a big dog. He is super-duper energetic, requires a lot of attention, and loves playing ball. Buddy also loves dressing up. He is a mamma’s-boy. I give him a Greenie every morning, and if I forget to give him one, he starts to whine until he gets it, like literally whine and run to the greenie box. We have to spell certain words, for example, W-A-L-K. If we say the word ‘’walk’’, then he runs to where all his clothes and leash are stored, and then starts to whine, because he thinks you are taking him for a walk.”

Sarah's Dog Hank


This is Hank, a handsome boxer who belongs to Sarah, in the accounting and financial department.  Says  Sarah, “He is wild yet loving, and likes to pose for pictures.”  Perhaps Hank should consider a modeling career?

Walter's Yorkie Lily


Meet Lily, a glamorous 1 year old “Chorkie” (Chihuahua-Yorkie mix) who belongs to Walter from the Trim Department in our Queens Warehouse. Lily is very chatty and says, “Hi! My name is Lily! I am very playful, but also very protective. I love to play tag, and my favorite food is vanilla ice cream. I love my family, and they love me too!”

Yvonne's Dogs Charlotte & Bandit

Charlotte & Bandit

Yvonne from the Sales Department has two adorable Jack Russell terriers, Charlotte and Bandit. Bandit will be 8 in October, and Charlotte is a little over a year old. Despite the age difference, they’re very good friends. Charlotte had a challenging start in life, as a very energetic puppy living in a small room in the Bronx for her first 7 months. Then Yvonne adopted her and brought her to the wide open spaces of Westchester County. Says Yvonne, “They are truly great dogs and love it when I come home in the evening. I cannot imagine my life without them.”

Gisel & Coco

Gisel & Coco

Introducing Gisel and Coco, who belong to Richard, our Operations Executive. Gisel (left) is a poodle mix and “runs the house,” according to Richard. Coco is a German Shepard, shares a birthday with Richard, and is “the sweetest girl you ever met.” Both dogs are seven years old. (Richard is not.)

Bella's Pug Charlotte enjoying a slice


This is Charlotte, who belongs to Bella in the sales department. Charlotte is a 13 year old pug and loves a good slice of ‘za!

Shannerri's dog Toto


Meet Toto, who belongs to Shannerri in the Customer Service department. Toto is very playful, loves all dogs (even the ones who want to eat him) and is scared of big trucks. Shannerri explains, “This is the face he makes when he can’t have what you’re eating.”

Tanya's dog, Tori


This is Tori, who belongs to Tanya, Hanky Panky’s Showroom Coordinator. Says Tanya, “On the weekends, my husband (Alan) takes Tori all over the neighborhood, in his coat. They have breakfast and run errands. He said that he has noticed that most of the people in the neighborhood are very religious because when they see him and Tori they inevitably say; “Oh My God!”. Yes, she is that cute!”

Luis's dog Harry Marenco


Meet Harry the dachshund. Harry is 11 years old and was adopted in 2007 by Luis, Hanky Panky’s Sample Room Manager, after his family reluctantly gave him up due to changes in their life circumstances. Harry is originally from Queens, and moved to Brooklyn in 2007. Harry is a jet-setting pup and travels frequently to Miami and has even traveled internationally to Central America! Like many dachshunds, Harry is VERY vocal when he wants something, and is relentless until he gets his way. His hobbies include riding in his favorite carrier bag, ‘counting’ his toys to make sure they’re all there, barking for treats, and sleeping.

Harry is also a survivor: a few years ago, he had an acute pancreatitis attack, and now lives with diabetes. However, he has not lost one bit of his spunk–Harry is as spirited (and vocal) as when he was a youngster.

Symba having a ball


And last, but not least, here’s Symba having a ball! (Literally!) Symba belongs to Bernaldo, Hanky Panky’s Executive Plant and Production Manager.

If you need more puppy love, and know that you have the space, time, and means to bring a dog into your life, why not take a trip to your local shelter and adopt a new best friend this National Dog Day?


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Hankies in History

Over the past few weeks, I have sifted through some of the 40 years of Hanky Panky on paper. Line sheets including every style ever made, newspaper and magazine clippings have documented much of Hanky Panky’s history. There are so many special Hanky Panky moments in our archives; below are a few that stood out to me for the fun and flirty images, as well as the interesting backstories.

This is a page from the Spring 1978 line sheet—all hand-drawn by Hanky Panky co-founder and creative director Gale Epstein. It includes the sketches of a corsetlet, tap pant, bra, and undies made from three different styles of handkerchiefs—embroidered, printed, or a menswear plaid/stripe.

Hanky Panky Spring 1978 line sheet page

Page from the Hanky Panky Spring 1978 Line Sheet

And here is one of our photos of the actual outfit that same season!

Hanky Panky vintage photograph circa 1978

Hanky Panky Waistcoat and Tap Pant c. 1978

This here is a page out of the Holiday 1978 line sheet—a bra and bikini, waistcoat, half-slip, and “skimmer.” Below it, are the waistcoat, half-slip, bralette and bikini modeled in a 1978 Victoria’s Secret catalog—back when they were an independent retailer!

Hanky Panky vintage linesheet Holiday 1978

Page from the Hanky Panky Holiday 1978 Line Sheet

Hanky Panky in Victoria's Secret Catalog, 1978

Hanky Panky in a 1978 Victoria’s Secret Catalog

Going through 40 years of the Hanky Panky archives has been a journey through fashion history, and taught me about the inspiring and pioneering designs Gale Epstein and Hanky Panky have contributed to the lingerie industry. Creativity and innovation have been the heart of Hanky Panky since its inception in 1977.

Cheers to 40 more years!

-Noa Herman, Hanky Panky Intern

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2017 Best of Intima Awards

2017 Best of Intima Awards

Last week, Hanky Panky attended and was honored at the 2017 Best of Intima Awards. The awards gala, now in its 13th year, recognizes North American lingerie, loungewear and swimwear retailers for excellence in various areas. For the Best of Intima Awards, retail stores are nominated by brands such as Hanky Panky in categories including Best Concept Store and Best European Flair.

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary this year, Hanky Panky partnered with the Best of Intima for the Hanky Panky Sisterhood Award. From our origins, our company has been rooted in the bonds of sisterhood between best friends. The award lauded the loyalty and appreciation of the women who have supported Hanky Panky throughout the years and have joined the sisterhood. Co-founders, Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein, selected our long-time retailer, Cathy Daniak, owner of The Dain Shoppe, to receive the honor. Located in Morristown, NJ, the Dain Shoppe is one of Hanky Panky’s oldest accounts, carrying us since 1980.

Cathy Dainiak with Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein

Cathy Dainiak with Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein

Cathy accepted the award with a “striptease” of sorts in a vintage Hanky Panky stretch lace dress and sharing the story of the dress. She dubbed it “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress” and recounted how the dress has been worn by her and her two daughters throughout the years to weddings, bar mitzvahs, proms and now here!

To end the night, we, of course, cut a giant purple 40th birthday cake in true Hanky Panky fashion. See more pictures here below.



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Fall 2017 Trends: Secret Garden

Hanky Panky’s Fall 2017 collection looks inward to our own private retreats and sanctuaries.

Fall 2017 Signature Lace Colors & Prints.

Hanky Panky’s Fall 2017 collection looks inward to our own private retreats and sanctuaries. The Signature Lace Palette consists of saturated hues, inspired by nature: Sriracha, a bright and saucy red; Storm Cloud Blue, a soft denim hue; Vanilla, a pale cosmetic peach; Dark Dahlia, a vampy wine; Mood Stone Green, a chic dark teal; Navy, fresh for Fall; Mystic Blue, a rich violet-hued blue; Bright Amethyst, a sophisticated berry-tone; Bliss Pink, a timeless pale pink; and Granite, a fashionable alternative to basic black.

New Signature Lace silhouettes include a trendy short sleeved signature lace bodysuit with a sweetheart front lining, a made-to-be-seen T-back triangle bralette, and matching string bikini.

Seasonal prints include Fiery Floral, a lacquer-red floral print; Block Print, a bold geometric with a hand-crafted look; Moody Blooms, a chic black floral; Mysterious Feline, a subdued leopard in shades of grey and blue; Jardin, elegant pastel blooms on a chic black background; Pinwheel, a playful abstract geometric; and coming in late September, Floret, a sweet small-scale floral in shades of blue; and Highland Garden, blooms and tartan in rich berry shades.

Our new fashion groups include Sophia Lace, a richly textured lace in Dark Dahlia, Black, and Bisous; La Fée Lace in shades of grey and teal; and also coming in late September, Heather Denim Embroidery, indigo heather jersey paired with delicate pink floral embroidery.

Interested in seeing more of the inspiration behind the collection? Check out our Pinterest board!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Now Shipping Globally!

Hanky Panky now ships internationally

Now Shipping Internationally!

Have you been looking for Hanky Panky overseas? Did you wish we shipped internationally? Well, good news: we do! Starting August 2016, Hanky Panky began shipping to select international addresses. And since we are big on celebrating anniversaries this year, we decided to do free WORLDWIDE shipping for everyone this weekend!!!

Free shipping 8/11/17-8/13/17

So if you are wondering how to shop if you are not in the U.S., let me fill you in on all the details:

  1. To shop our website directly, visit global.hankypanky.com or click on the flag in the top-right corner on hankypanky.com next to “ship to”.
  2. You can also visit borderfree.com and shop us from there.
  3. If you do not see your country listed as on option, we probably do not ship to you as we have stores that already carry us in your region. To reach some of our international distributors and retailers, go here, which you can also access from our store locator page.

Some other exciting news: we recently added France, Spain and Portugal to global.hankypanky.com. Bienvenue, Bienvenido, Bem Vinda! And now is a great time to be a on the list and take advantage of our free shipping weekend for domestic and international shoppers alike!

Carla, citizen of the world

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Summer of Style

It’s been a summer of style and we’ve been loving how our Hanky Panky fans have been rocking the innerwear as outerwear trend. So we collected some of our favorite looks so far. If you want to get the look or some fashion inspo before summer leaves, here are a few ideas.


In the picture above, fashion blogger Style Hawking wears one of our most popular bralettes of the season, the eyelash lace Wink bralette, to add a little, sexy detail to a plain white tee shirt.

From Italy, Ohlala Pescara shows us how to style a deep-v dress with a fun, matching Crossover Bralette. Bralettes-to-show has been a major fashion trend and looks so cute with this dress.

Sheer Beauty

modern day cowgirl 🤓🌸 #ootd #dayslikethese

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Moustachic, an Italian-Belgian blogger, fashions herself as a sophisticated and modern cowgirl in our Signature Lace Cami with the straps off-the-shoulder.

At Lingerie Rutten in Belgium, the look is monotone with our chai cami selected from a wide color offering and beige pants. Our unlined cami is a great option to beat the summer heat and is easy to pair with a tone-on-tone or contrasting bra. It is also available in plus size.

Influencer and blogger Jeanne Grey of the Grey Layers proves that bralettes are tops too! Seen here: Signature Lace Removable Pad Bralette

On the Edge

About you

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DJ SodaPop likes her lace with some leather. If you are looking for an edgier look, try pairing a bralette with a mesh or sheer top and ripped denim. This particular Vixen Bralette has retired to the Hanky Panky archives, but for an update, consider the Strapped Bra or the Peep Show Bralette.

Inner Penny Lane on the loose @spell_byronbay #shotbyve

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Life and style blogger, Jill Wallace aka Little Black Boots, turns our summery eyelet into a seasonal transition piece.

The Layering Life

Hanky Panky Staffer Daria in Natalia Bralette

Hanky Panky Staffer Daria in Natalia Bralette

We adore how Hanky Panky Staffer, Daria, styled her Natalia bralette with a knotted, oversized shirt and jean shorts. Natalia is now sold out, so if you want the look, try our Ali Bralette, Signature Lace Racerback Bralette or Bare T-back Bralette.

Back view of Natalia Hanky Panky Bralette

Back view of Natalia

And it wouldn’t be a wrap without a detailed view of Natalia from behind.

A big thank you to all the people who have sent us and tagged us in their pictures! Our summer of style doesn’t have to end here. If you want to show off your #hankypanky style, tag us on Instagram and Twitter with the handle @hankypankyltd or Facebook using @hankypanky.


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International Cat Day: The Cats of Hanky Panky

Did you know it’s International Cat Day? (It’s a real thing, started by our friends at IFAW!) While our chairman of the Board, Henree the Poodle gets all the attention, the Hanky Panky team includes many people who share their lives with furry feline friends.

Here are just a few of the beautiful cats of Hanky Panky.

This is Sibyl, a fiesty tuxedo kitty that Hanky Panky Co-founder Gale Epstein adopted from a cat sanctuary upstate. Sibyl was named for local revolutionary war hero Sibyl Ludington.


This is Sybil, a feisty tuxedo kitty that Hanky Panky Co-founder Gale Epstein adopted from a cat sanctuary upstate. Sybil was named for local revolutionary war hero Sybil Ludington. Sybil is quite musical and likes to sing along when Gale plays the harp.

Baby (left) and Sissy (right) are a pair of gray tiger kitties that were adopted from an animal shelter together by Cindy, our VP of North American Sales about 7 years ago.

Baby and Sissy

Baby (left) and Sissy (right) are a pair of  gray tiger kitties that were adopted from an animal shelter together by Cindy, our VP of North American Sales about 7 years ago. Her family loves living with this pair of kitties. Sissy is super sweet and never hisses, while Baby is a little more reserved.

This is Mart, a Siamese cat, who belongs to Daria in the Graphic Design department.


This is Mart, a beautiful and cuddly Siamese cat, who belongs to Daria in the Graphic Design Department. He lives with her family in Saint Petersburg, Russia, so she only gets to see him when she visits home. Did you know? In Russia, kitties say, “мяу.”

This is Frankenstein, a gorgeous orange tabby, who belongs to Angelique in the Receiving Department.


This is Frankenstein, a gorgeous orange tabby (and avid Snapchatter), who belongs to Angelique in the Receiving Department.

Chloe the gray tiger cat was adopted by Susan's family after she started hanging around Susan's brother-in-law's office.


Susan in the Accounting Department  shared this beautiful photo of Chloe the gray tiger cat. Chloe was a stray that started hanging around the Brooklyn workplace of Susan’s brother-in-law. Susan’s family took her home, and now she lives in Queens, where she’s always purring—even in her sleep!

Max and Rocky live in Queens with Jiovannie who works in our Customer Service Department.

Max and Rocky

Max and Rocky also live in Queens with Jiovannie who works in our Customer Service Department. As you can see, they both love to stretch out. Max is a lovable, huge fur ball, who thinks he’s little, but he weighs a whopping 19lbs! Max is also a polydactyl cat, which means he has an extra toe. Rocky is an adorable tabby who likes to eat peanut butter!

Charlie & Poesje are two feral cats that adopted Ank, our Sample Sale Organizer Emeritus.

Charlie & Poesje

Charlie & Poesje are two feral cats that adopted Ank, our Sample Sale Organizer Emeritus. They value their independence, but love coming to Ank’s house for tasty meals and a warm bed. Poesje means “small cat” in Dutch. In Holland, kitties say, “mauw.”

This is Rosie, a tabby who belongs to Carrie in the Graphic Design Department.


This is Rosie, a chatty tortie tabby who belongs to Carrie in the Graphic Design Department. She lives in Brooklyn, and recently became a big sister to Carrie’s baby son. In Brooklyn, kitties say “fuggedameowtit.”

Silver & Gold are a pair of adorable kittens that Cecile in our Order Entry received as a birthday present. They're about 4 to 5 months old, and cute as can be!

Silver & Gold

Silver & Gold are a pair of adorable kittens that Cecile in our Order Entry Department recently received as a birthday gift. They’re litter mates, about 4 1/2 months old, and cute as can be!

Biggie belongs to Caley from the Hanky Panky Sales Team

Big-Eyed Biggie

Meet Biggie, named after his size and as an homage to the late hip-hop artist. He belongs to Caley in our Sales team. Biggie showed up at her mom’s front door one day in Syracuse and never left! So she isn’t positive how old he is, but suspects around 10. He has since relocated to the big city, home of his namesake.

This is Pixie, a calico who was a stray in Brooklyn and now lives the high life in Manhattan


This is Pixie, a sweet calico who lives with me (Larissa from the Design Department). She was found starving on the streets of Brooklyn 12 years ago and now lives the high life in upper Manhattan. Pixie has a wide range of vocalizations, and has been known to purr loudly while bathing, and quack when she wants attention.

Jealous of all the cute kitty love, and think a cat could fit in with your life for the next 15-20+ years? International Cat Day is a great day to go visit your local shelter and adopt a new Best Feline Friend, or support the animal rescue or welfare organization of your choice.


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Diary of a Hanky Panky Intern: Hanky Panky at the Coffee Shop

Hanky Panky Summer 2017 Intern, Noa Herman

Summer 2017 Merchandising Intern, Noa Herman, Barnard ’18

I don’t usually buy coffee in the morning because I like to save that money for drinks or ice cream after work, but the other day it was easily 95 degrees out and I just really wanted that iced coffee. So I’m standing at the bar in Starbucks on 23rd Street, it’s 8:45 a.m.; I’m sweaty and also holding two heavy bags stuffed with my clothing from the weekend. I hear my name being called, but it’s not coming from the barista. I turn and see a face I remember vividly from high school, but I don’t remember the name. “Hi Noa! How are you?” As the familiar voice begins to ring some bells, I quickly recall that this is the mom of my ninth grade best friend. The same mom that drove me to the Hamptons on the weekends, had me over for birthday parties, and saw me at weekly volleyball games. “Annie”, she says pointing to herself to remind me, but I already remembered.

I’ve had this interaction a few times, and by now, six weeks into my summer internship, I’ve got it figured out. When people ask me what I’m up to for the summer, I take a split second to assess their knowledge of lingerie brands or ability to draw conclusions based on titles, and either say I’m working in merchandising at a lingerie company or skip the explanation and jump straight to saying I’m working at Hanky Panky. Given that many of my friends from school are either engineers, or pre-med, or clueless, I often err on the side of caution. Also, since in this case maybe saying “google it” isn’t the best advice.

This time though, I was at some sort of a crossroad. Annie was always cool and wore the trendiest clothes. But she was also a mom, and usually my friends’ moms fall under category number one. So when she asked me what I was doing in the area, I went with the explanation version. Well, I couldn’t have been more mistaken. When I finally did say “I’m working at Hanky Panky”, Annie, the 55-year-old mom of three, literally stuck her free hand in her pants to show me that she was currently wearing hers. Right there, in the middle of Starbucks on 23rd Street!

I was completely surprised at the public display of intimacy, but nevertheless reciprocated the trademarked Hanky Panky Handshake® by pulling the pink lace out from my waist. It was so nice to see her again.

So, I could be writing about the experience I have had these past six weeks honing my skills in data analysis or learning an incredible amount about the production process, but instead I see my time here as having been something much more valuable. I’ve learned that there’s nothing more gratifying than working to sell a product that makes people happy—something that makes them feel good about themselves.

If there’s something that I feel strongly about, it’s making people feel good about themselves. Because if people are confident, they will be happy, and happy people are productive people. And productive people can help solve the world’s problems. So Hanky Panky is really working to make the world a better place. Maybe next time I’ll just say I’m working in philanthropy.

-Noa Herman, Hanky Panky Intern

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