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Hanky Panky signature thongs: "Our entire angle was comfort and colors."

“Our entire angle was comfort and colors,” Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s co-founder, Creative Director and President, told

Of Hanky Panky’s signature thong—the 4811 and it’s little sister, the 4911—co-founder, Creative Director and President Gale Epstein, said:

When we first introduced the thong in 1986 it was considered a very risqué piece. There were thongs out there—not that many—and none of them were comfortable. So our entire angle was comfort and colors. It was still considered a sexy piece for many years, but as pants became tighter and women were concerned about VPL, it became an everyday piece.

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About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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