Did Shakespeare’s Sister Wear Comfy Underwear?

Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess, 1858. Oil on canvas, 39 x 31 3/16 in. (99.1 x 79.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum, 97.33

Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess, 1858. Oil on canvas, 39 x 31 3/16 in. (99.1 x 79.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum, 97.33

At an event last week supporting the National Women’s History Museum, we learned about women whose major contributions to American history never made it into popular history books. This brought to mind Virginia Woolf’s clever literary representation of a missing, or untold, women’s history: “Judith Shakespeare”, The Bard’s would-be sister. Unsatisfied with the scant and depressing account of women in 16th century Woolf imagined how Shakespeare’s sister—if he had had a sister, and if she were as gifted as he—would have lived. Specifically, Woolf asked whether Judith could have garnered the financial independence and “room of her own” that Woolf concluded were necessary to write Great Works.

In 21st century NYC, happily engaged in the daily struggle for ready cash and a little real estate to call my own, I instead wonder whether Shakespeare’s fictional sister wore comfortable underwear. Can a woman run a business, a family, write a legal brief, or even a grocery list, when her undergarments, poorly designed or made, pull, poke and pinch in all the wrong places? Thank heavens for my 4811s!

-Clara

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Bachelorette Party Ideas

This year, I am a Bridesmaid in two weddings and a Maid Of Honor in one. Part of the fun of being a bridesmaid the bachelorette party! It’s meant to be a joyous time for the bride to let loose and relax with all of her closest friends and family.

While planning this bachelorette party getaway, I put together some cute ideas. Everybody had a great time, and the bride got some sassy styles for her honeymoon and “ever after.”

Hopefully these ideas could be helpful if you are planning a bachelorette party!

1. Games! One of my favorites is “Name That Lingerie”! This game is an amusing way for the bridesmaids get involved and for the bride to get some sexy items for her trousseau. To play, each bridesmaid is asked to bring a piece of lingerie that best represents her  personality. Each piece is hung up and then, bride guesses who brought which style!

2. Party Favors: Give the gift that lasts forever! Thong roses make a great thank you gift for bachelorette party attendees. Display them in a vase on the table or in the bride’s room!

3. Splurge gift for the bride: Weddings are a time for indulgence. A great way for cash-strapped bridesmaids to treat the bride to something truly special is to pitch in and share the cost of an extravagant gift! Our Bella Blue Enchanted Babydoll with G-String in pure silk chiffon and elegant multicolor lace is a luxurious choice for the honeymoon!

-HankyPankyHB, Hillary Byers

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A Woman’s Place is in The Mall

Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Hanky Panky sponsored an event at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum

In honor of Women’s History Month, Hanky Panky sponsored an event this week at the American Folk Art Museum to promote efforts to create a National Women’s History Museum  at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) breezed in to speak about what a great role such a museum would play in telling the real history of America—a history of important, but too often unacknowledged, contributions by women.

Joan Bradley Wages, President & CEO of the National Women’s History Museum (left). Representative Carolyn Maloney (right). Rep. Maloney noted that Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s co-founders, made their own contribution to women’s history when, having hit the glass ceiling, they went out and started their own business to do what they loved. (Photo courtesy of the National Women’s History Museum)

Joan Bradley Wages, President & CEO of the National Women’s History Museum (left). Representative Carolyn Maloney (right). Rep. Maloney noted that Lida Orzeck and Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s co-founders, made their own contribution to women’s history when, having hit the glass ceiling, they went out and started their own business to do what they loved. (Photo courtesy of the National Women’s History Museum)

It helps to understand Rep. Maloney’s passion for a National Women’s History Museum if you know of Paul Revere (“The British are coming, the British are coming!”), but have never heard of Sybil Ludington, who in 1777, at 16 years old rode twice as far as Revere on a stormy night to gather militiamen in Putnam County to her father’s farmhouse to fight  the British advancing from Danbury, Connecticut. Or how would you know that Catherine Littlefield Greene was instrumental in the invention of the cotton gin, but since women could not hold patents, Eli Whitney gets all the credit in history books, even though Greene financed it?

Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art, on view at the National Folk Art Museum through April 23, 2014, features thirteen ensembles by “established and emerging designers” who were inspired by works in the Folk Art Museum’s collection.

Porcupine by Jean Yu

Porcupine by Jean Yu

Coat by Gary Graham, inspired by a 19th Century Coverlet

Coat by Gary Graham, inspired by a 19th Century Coverlet

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
(Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)
New York, NY 10023-6214

Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday: noon – 7:30 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm
Monday: closed

Admission is free.

For more information on the National Women’s History Museum, and how you can support, see www.nwhm.org.

-Clara

 

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Pick of the Week: Graffiti Print

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

Styles Highlighted: Graffiti Print Signature Lace

Hanky Panky Graffiti Print

Graffiti Print Racerback Tank and Low Rise Thong

CollectionSpring 2014, Signature Lace

Why we love it: Our latest Signature Lace print has has a decidedly urban edge. The Grafitti print is inspired by street artists who create their work in the city.

Available in a racerback tank, boyshort, and both original and low rise thongs.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Style Watch: The Pencil Skirt

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Classic Camisole and Pencil Skirt

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Classic Camisole and Pencil Skirt

For the last few seasons, lace pencil skirts have been seen on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana, Cushnie et Ochs, Giambattista Valli, Collette Dinnigan, Erdem and Tom Ford, to name but a few. While most of us do not have the budget to afford the aforementioned designers’ collections, we can at least admire their work.

Taking reference from current trends, making our own pencil skirt from our universally-adored Signature Lace seemed like a natural progression. It fits into the trend but has the added benefit of our soft, comfortable fabrics and bright colors.

For the true  Hanky Panky fan, this could be worn as a head to toe look paired with our Signature Lace classic camisole in matching tones or contrasting colors to make a bold statement.

For those looking to wear it as a true separate, I recommend wearing it with a peplum top, silk/chiffon blouse (I personally love pussycat bows at the neck on this type of style) and/or a statement jacket.

However you wear it, I feel a belt always helps as it emphasizes the waist and creates a slimming effect, particularly for those with pear shapes and hourglass figures.

Take a look at some examples of my personal suggestions.

Nina Ricci Pre-fall 2013 image courtesy of WGSN

Nina Ricci Pre-fall 2013 image courtesy of WGSN

Temperley London. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Temperley London. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Ungaro Spring/Summer 2011. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Ungaro Spring/Summer 2011. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Lastly, feel free to have fun with it. Be creative and make it suit your personal style.

–Makeda, Senior Designer

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Pick of the Week: Crazy Daisies

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

Hanky Panky Crazy Daisies Print

Hanky Panky Crazy Daisies Print

Styles Highlighted: Crazy Daisies Print

Collection: Spring 2014, Signature Lace

Why we love it: These oversized daisies on Signature Lace are bright and bold. Available in Bralette, Camisole, Boyshort, Low Rise Thong and Original Thong.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Hanky Panky!

Happy Valentine's Day from Hanky Panky!

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Pick of the Week: Indira Print Collection

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

Hanky Panky Indira Print Bralette and Boyshort

Indira Print Bralette and Boyshort

Styles Highlighted: Indira Print

Collection: Spring 2014

Why we love it: Pink please! The Indira print collection is a spin on classic paisley in an electric color palette! I am eager to put away the dark and bulky clothes and turn my wardrobe into a spring color wonderland, starting with this must-have style!

Want it? Buy it now.

-Hillary Byers

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Hanky Panky Valentine’s Day Guide

Hanky Panky's Valentine's Day Guide

This Valentine’s Day, it’s all about styles hand-picked by the team here at Hanky Panky! If you are shopping for for yourself, your BFF, or the one you love, we have something for every mood and personality in our Hanky Panky Valentine’s Day Guide! Here are a few of my favorites, added to my lust list this v-day!

And hurry—order by  12 noon EST, Tuesday February 11th and choose FREE 2 day shipping for delivery in time for Valentine’s Day. Order by 12 noon EST Wednesday, February 12th with Next-Day Air for delivery by Valentine’s Day.

Classic: Bellissima! The Isabella Bow collection is one of my favorites this season. In trendy blush, the color of the season, I am loving the silky sheer stretch tulle, embellished with contrasting trim and oversized satin bows!

"Isabella Bow" Soft Bra, Thong, and Garter Belt

“Isabella Bow” Soft Bra, Thong, and Garter Belt

Girly: Pretty in pinks, reds and purples! The 3 Pack Low Rise Thongs in Heart Shaped Box is a perfect festive gift on my list!

Hanky Panky Thongs in a Heart-Shaped Box

Hanky Panky Thongs in a Heart-Shaped Box

Bombshell: I’m purrring over this Big Cat print chemise. Comfy and sexy? Oh yes! Can’t wait to wear this number to bed!

Hanky Panky Big Cat Chemise

Big Cat Chemise

Vixen: What is the fun of Valentine’s Day, if you don’t get a little naughty? I am being daring this year with Hanky Panky After Midnight™ and LELO’s luxuriously erotic gift set, the Lelo Pleasure Set!

Lelo Pleasure Set

Lelo Pleasure Set

-Hillary Byers @hankypankyhb

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Pick of the Week: Big Cat

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

Styles Highlighted: Big Cat Soft Bra and Cheeky Hipster
Collection: Spring 2014

Big Cat Bra and Cheeky Hipster

Big Cat Bra and Cheeky Hipster

Why we love it: These styles in bold, oversized leopard print combined with elegant Chantilly-style lace are both provocative and trendy.

Want it? Buy it now.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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