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Man Overboard! Fashion and the Breton Stripe

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel knew a good thing when she saw it. In late 1923, Chanel dined with the 2nd Duke of Westminster on the Duke’s yacht, the Flying Cloud, then moored off the coast of Monte Carlo. The Duke’s title, strapping … Continue reading

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Ovaltine Dreams: Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep’, the innocent sleep,/ Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,/ The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,/ Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s … Continue reading

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Inspiration Behind the Print: Sun Gods

Hanky Panky’s latest print, Golden Sun, may be fresh on the scene, apropos of fashion’s current fetish with metallic, but sun-worship is as old as the gods. According to Wikipedia.org’s list of 96 solar deities, sun gods and goddesses were central to many … Continue reading

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Something to Write Home About

While supplies last, Hanky Panky is gifting a limited edition, hand-pressed Mother’s Day card with all purchases at HankyPanky.com. (To receive a card, enter the code “MOMSDAY” at checkout.) Carrie Durand, Hanky Panky’s in-house lettering artist and the proprietor of … Continue reading

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Moral Manufacturing: How Hanky Panky Reduces, Reuses & Recycles

Every day is Earth Day here at Hanky Panky. Skeptical?  Hard not to be, when “greenwashing” is so rampant you have to consult the Greenwashing Index before buying dishwashing detergent or tampons. Well, visit our showroom in Manhattan or our production and warehousing facility in … Continue reading

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The Potentially Deadly Art of Trousseau-Building

The modern bride-to-be has a wealth of bridal blogs to turn to for help planning her Big Day, including such treasure troves as Snippet and Ink, Lover.ly, Offbeat Bride, and DIY Bride. But to whom could the 19th century American … Continue reading

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A Ballet of Laces

Our new Swan Lace collection combines two distinct laces to dazzling effect.  But when it comes to ballet and lace, we admit to being upstaged by Marius Petipa (1818-1910), the premier choreographer for the Imperial Russian Ballet during the later half of the 19th … Continue reading

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Did Shakespeare’s Sister Wear Comfy Underwear?

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, … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Place is in The Mall

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.) … Continue reading

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