Hanky Panky: Made in NYC

Hanky Panky’s social calendar was all filled up last week! On Thursday night, May 3, groups of employees went in different directions in order to enjoy the Ms Foundation’s Gloria Awards in downtown Manhattan and to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Made in NYC at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Lida Orzeck, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Gale Epstein at the Made in NYC 15th anniversary celebration

Lida Orzeck, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Gale Epstein

Fifteen years ago, Hanky Panky joined about 20 organizations as a founding member of Made in NYC. Now 25% of all NYC manufacturers—about 1200—are on the roster. This popular initiative, which creates branding campaigns, marketing assistance programs and employment and internship support, brought out high profile individuals, headlined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who addressed the crowd.

About 25 Made in NYC beverage and food partners kept everyone going back for more, including Gotham Greens, whose hydroponic greenhouse sits atop Hanky Panky’s warehouse and cutting facility in Queens.

Panel Discussion at the Made in NYC 15th Anniversary Party

Lida Participated in a Panel Discussion at the Made in NYC 15th Anniversary Party

Gale and I chatted with Helen Rosenthal who represents our home neighborhood, the Upper West Side, and, later, I joined a panel of three other “makers” to describe our businesses and share some entrepreneurial insights.

Lida, Co-Founder & CEO

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Wedding Dresses by Gale

After a rugged winter, Spring is here! And it is inspiring lovers! In just the last week I heard of three wedding engagements of young women I know. This got me reminiscing about the wedding ensembles I have made for sisters and friends over the years. I thought you might like to see them.

Lida Orzeck Wedding Photo 1970 Suede Applique dress by Gale Epstein

Lida’s 1970 Suede Appliqué Wedding Ensemble

Lida

My BFF and future business partner, Lida, got married during my suede appliqué period in the fall of 1970 seven years before Hanky Panky was conceived. White suede with pink and green etched and appliqued suede blooms.

Mopsy's 1983 wedding in Central Park

Mopsy’s 1983 wedding in Central Park

Mopsy's 1983 Embroidered Linen Wedding dress by Gale Epstein

Mopsy’s 1983 Embroidered Linen Wedding Dress (And sisters!)

Mopsy

After nuptials in the Rabbi’s study on 5th Avenue, my sister Mopsy had the most charming, intimate gathering in Central Park on a perfect day in June of 1983. The dress was made of hand-embroidered linen handkerchiefs combined with fine linen. We all walked over to Cafe des Artistes for dinner and were seated at the table next to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. *Swoon*

Lida's 1983 Embroidered Chiffon Wedding Dress

Lida’s 1983 Embroidered Chiffon Wedding Dress

Lida

Lida’s second dress, fall 1983: This was my hand-embroidered chiffon scarf phase which evolved out of the handkerchief designs for our company. A version of this dress and cover was a peignoir set available in the Hanky Panky collection.

Deb's 1987 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown by Gale Epstein

Deb’s 1987 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown

Deb

My sister Debby was married in Charleston, SC in September of 1987. I made her dress from ivory charmeuse and a beautiful Leavers lace that I was also using for Hanky Panky creations at the time.

Nancy's 1996 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown by Gale Epstein

Nancy’s 1996 Charmeuse and Leavers Lace Gown

The Epstein Sisters at Nancy 1996 Wedding

The Sisters Epstein at Nancy’s 1996 Wedding

Nancy

Nancy is Debby’s identical twin. I made her a very different dress of similar components when she married in the summer of 1996 in our hometown of St. Louis.

Toody's 1996 Stretch Lace, Tulle, and Baling Twine (!) Wedding Ensemble by Gale Epstein

Toody’s 1996 Stretch Lace, Tulle, and Baling Twine (!) Wedding Ensemble

Toody

Toody is a close equestrian friend. I was thrilled that she wanted something unusual for her outdoor farm wedding in the fall of 1998. Her long sleeved, funnel neck, lacy top and cotton/Lycra tank underneath were from the Hanky Panky collection at the time. I made a skirt from many layers of tulle. For the last last layer I sewed hemp hay-baling twine around the hem, while pulling the tulle, to create a frothy effect. Under that top layer were randomly attached fall leaves.

Sara's Ruffled Chiffon 2003 Wedding Dress by Gale Epstein

Sara’s 2003 Ruffled Floral Chiffon Wedding Dress

Sara

The daughter of a mutual friend of Lida and mine, Sara’s outdoor Adirondack summer 2003 wedding called for a soft chiffon floral print with lots of ruffles. So romantic.

-Gale Epstein, Co-founder, Creative Director & President

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Introducing Hanky Panky Lingeriecycle™

Hanky Panky Lingeriecycle

Lingeriecycle: Don’t let your lingerie languish in a landfill.

Introducing Lingeriecycle.™ Hanky Panky has partnered with B.R.A. Bra Recyling Agency to recycle no-longer-wearable lingerie by shredding and converting into carpet padding.

From co-founder Gale Epstein’s very first designs using repurposed handkerchiefs, sustainability has been a core value for Hanky Panky’s 4+ decades in business.

Unlike nearly every other category of clothing made, worn underwear cannot be accepted for reuse. Additionally, synthetic fabrics and trims are not biodegradable.

With all this in mind, we are proud to announce Lingeriecycle, our new sustainability initiative to help divert worn out and no longer wearable items from landfills. Even though there are processing costs, it is an expense that Hanky Panky is covering for our customers in order to take responsibility for our products. It is the right thing to do for the planet.

We hope that in the future, all brands and retailers will take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of the items they sell, and we are proud to lead the way for the lingerie industry to transition into a sustainable future.

How Does It Work?

 

How It Works: Fabric components are recycled into carpet cushion. Metal components are extracted and sent to a metal recycling center. The final result: carpet cushion.

Items accepted for recycling are finely shredded. Metal items such as underwires and hooks are separated out by magnets and sent to a metal recycler. Fabric components are ultimately converted into carpet padding.

Fill the proprietary Lingeriecycle™ envelope with your washed, no-longer-wanted bras and panties (any brand accepted), and take to the post office for accurate postage. You may request up to 5 envelopes with your HankyPanky.com order.

Questions? Check out our Lingeriecycle™ FAQ.

Click here to add an envelope to your next order!

 

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Hanky Panky Staff Picks: Our Favorite Bottoms

Hanky Panky has employees of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds, and we all have different needs and preferences when it comes to underwear. This series features some of our favorite styles, because among us, we’ve literally tried them all.

The Classics: Signature Lace

Hanky Panky Spring 2018 Thongs

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Thongs

Signature Lace Thongs
Available in Low Rise (fits sizes 2-12), Original Rise (fits sizes 4-14), Petite Low Rise (fits sizes 0-4), XXS Low Rise (fits sizes 00-2), and Plus Size Original Rise (fits sizes 14-24)

“I am a classic girl!” -Jiovannie, E-Commerce Customer Service Manager

“4811 Original Rise Thong—of course! But I prefer prints to basics. And even though I have worked for other lingerie brands, Hanky Panky has the best fit, quality and comfort level of any brand.” -Ashley, Account Executive

“The low rise thong is my favorite! I wear it almost every day, in Signature Lace and also in cotton.” -Makeda, Head Designer

Hanky Panky Signature Lace V-Kini

Signature Lace V-Kini

Signature Lace V-kini 
Available in Sizes S to XL

“My fave style is the v-kini. It fits great, covers all the right places and the waistband falls perfectly above my c-section so it holds that area in well.” -Eva, Color & Trim Manager

Hanky Panky Brazilian Bikini

Signature Lace Brazilian Bikini

Signature Lace Brazilian Bikini
Available in Sizes XS to L

“I’m a more full-coverage kind of gal. Cute, fun and sexy.” -Michelle, Coordinator of Visual Merchandisers

“It’s not a thong but has minimal coverage, so that my legs look longer and butt looks curvier.” -Rosa, Design Merchandising Coordinator

Signature Lace Girl-Kini

Signature Lace Girl-Kini
Available in Sizes XS to L

“My new favorite bottom is the Girlkini. It stays put, looks super cute on, and has just the right amount of coverage, front and back.” -Larissa, Senior Designer

Hanky Panky French Brief

Signature Lace French Brief

Signature Lace French Brief
Available in Sizes XS to XL and 1X to 3X

“I like the high leg cut and full back style! It’s sexy and sophisticated!” -Bella, Jr. Account Executive

Hanky Panky Betty Brief

Signature Lace Betty Brief

Signature Lace Betty Brief
Available in Sizes S to XL and 1X to 3X

“For the past 30+ years, my lingerie drawer has consisted of original rise thongs—solids, prints, lace, cotton—and a few boyshorts for sleeping, so I didn’t see this day coming. I’m now in the process of moving some still perfectly wearable thongs into my Lingeriecycle™ pile to make room for new favorites:  Signature Lace Betty Briefs and Organic Cotton French Briefs.” -Lida, Co-founder & CEO

Retro Lace

Hanky Panky Retro Thongs

Retro Lace Thongs

Retro Lace Thong
Available in One Size and One Size Plus

“This style gives me a little control in the middle and clean lines under my favorite dresses.” -Anne, Director of E-Commerce

“Since I’m nearly 5’11”, I often have a hard time with finding the right fit and length in any apparel. The Retro Thong sits perfectly on my hips. The wide lace band is super soft on the skin, and gives a “little hug” providing a totally smooth line over the hips, which is unusual for me due to my height. The V-front and the leg line created by the wide lace band are super flattering, making your tummy look flatter, and your legs look longer. Who doesn’t want that!? Retro Thong is great under dresses and skirts in the summer, and under leggings all year round. It’s my go-to pant on any day when I don’t wear hose.”
-Cindy,  Vice President of North American Sales

Hanky Panky Retro Lace V-Kini

Retro Lace V-Kini

Retro V-Kini
Available in sizes S to XL and 1X to 3X

“Helps me hide my pooch. Less restricting than shapewear. I love it under dresses!”
-Shannerri, Manager Order Entry & Customer Service

Organic Cotton

Hanky Panky Cotton with a Conscience® Organically-Grown Supima® Cotton-Spandex Boyshorts

Organically-Grown Supima® Cotton-Spandex Boyshorts

Organic Cotton Boyshorts
Available in sizes XS to L and 1X to 3X

“They are so soft and comfy!” -Carrie, Graphic Designer

Hanky Panky Cotton with a Conscience® Organically-Grown Supima® Cotton-Spandex French Briefs

Organically-Grown Supima® Cotton-Spandex French Briefs

Organic Cotton French Brief
Available in sizes S to XL and 1X to 3X

“At my age I’m all about comfort. The waist is wide and doesn’t roll or cut in and the leg openings are just the right height. And of course the fabric is fantastic!”
-Barbara, Design Tech Coordinator

So, these are a just few of our favorite styles. Which are YOUR favorites?

-Ariel, Ecommerce Merchandising & Operations Manager

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Lingerie Madness

Ahh, March. The days get a little longer, the air gets a little warmer and all your favorite things (sports teams, Disney movies, even pop songs) go head to head to find the one to rule them all.

This year, we decided to get in on the “madness”. We made use of Instagram’s new Polling feature in our stories and made your favorite Hanky Panky styles face-off to find out which one our fans and followers love the most!

Here are the results:

WEEK 1, MATCH 1: Classic Thongs

The first week we decided to start with our most well-known silhouette, our thong.
We put Original vs. Low Rise as well as G-string vs. Retro. Classics vs. Coverage!
The winners of the day were Low Rise + Retro.

WEEK 1, MATCH 2: Low Rise vs. Retro

In this battle between low rise and VERY high rise thongs, Low Rise was the fan favorite beating out Retro by a mile!

WEEK 2, MATCH 1: Battle of the Bralettes

In week two, we switched gears from bottoms to tops and let the bralettes duke it out.

In poll one, we had our classic Crossover Bralette vs. the flattering and glamorous Retro Bralette. In poll #2 we had our Padded Triangle Bralette against our Bandeau.

Although this one was close (Crossover + Retro needed a tie break!) the Crossover and Padded Triangle beat out the others to advance to the next poll.

WEEK 2, MATCH 2: Crossover vs. Padded Triangle

When it came down to our two most classic bralette silhouettes, Signature Lace Padded Bralette was crowned the champ

WEEK 3, MATCH 1: Naughty or Nice

On week three we wanted to see who would win in the battle of sexy vs. sweet: Hanky Panky After Midnight® & Bridal.

The first match was between our sweet flounced Peek-A-Boo Teddy or our plunging thong-back Josephine Bodysuit. Match two was our titillating tie-cup Plumage Babydoll vs. the flirty and demure Peek-A-Boo Babydoll. Our first round winners we’re Josephine and our Peek-A-Boo Babydoll.

WEEK 3, MATCH 2: Josephine Bodysuit vs. Peek-A-Boo Babydoll

The old school glamour of Josephine won this poll by a long shot!

WEEK 4, MATCH 1: The Winners Circle

The last week we took the winners from the previous weeks and threw in a wild card: our Signature Lace Cami!

In Poll one, we had our Signature Lace Padded Bralette up against our Low Rise thong. Poll two had the Josephine Bodysuit against the Signature Lace Cami.

Our Low Rise thong beat out the Signature Lace Padded Bralette to get to the finals. Our wild card Signature Lace Cami performed surprisingly well and only beat out Josephine by ONE vote (your vote matters, people) to get to the final round!

 

FINAL VOTE: Low Rise Thong vs. Cami

If there was ever any doubt what our most popular style was, this poll put it to rest.
Our Low Rise was a clear winner from the beginning of this final poll and is our Lingerie Madness reigning champion of 2018!

When we asked our 4911 style what they were going to do now that they’ve won, they said “I’m going to Disney World!”

Good game and see you next year, voters!

-Carrie, Graphic Designer

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Hanky Panky + Stone Fox: Bridal Party Picks

Molly Rosen Guy of Stone Fox Bride on her fave Hanky Panky pieces—fit for the foxiest bridesmaids in town.

Bridal Party: Pretty in pink Curated By: Molly Rosen Guy Molly Rosen Guy of Stone Fox Bride on her fave Hanky Panky pieces — fit for the foxiest bridesmaids in town. The ultimate bridal party must-haves? Peonies, laughter, and lots and lots of lace!

“Your bouquet might be a subdued shade of rose or peach, but your bra should pack a hot pink punch.” Signature lace original bralette & low rise thong

Signature lace original bralette & low rise thong

Your bouquet might be a subdued shade of rose or peach, but your bra should pack a hot pink punch.

"Why not wear these delicious flannel robes while putting your hair in hot rollers during pre-wedding prep?” Ultra-soft Flannel Robe: Available in two lengths

Ultra-soft Flannel Robe: Available in two lengths

Why not wear these delicious flannel robes while putting your hair in hot rollers during pre-wedding prep?

"Keep things cheeky beneath your bridesmaid dress in a signature lace boy short. You never know what's going to happen when the champagne flows." Signature lace cami & boyshort

Signature lace cami & boyshort

Keep things cheeky beneath your bridesmaid dress in a signature lace boyshort. You never know what’s going to happen when the champagne flows.

Browse the lookbook for more of my bridal party picks.

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-Molly Rosen Guy

 

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Hanky Panky Bridal Collection with Swarovski® Crystals.

Crystals From Swarovski Seal

We are pleased to announce new additions to our collection of bridal lingerie embellished with genuine Swarovski® crystals and crystal pearls. Nothing shimmers and sparkles like crystals from Swarovski, and we think you’ll love our romantic new styles as much as we do.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Thongs and V-Kinis with Crystals from Swarovski

New additions to our collection with Swarovski crystals include v-kinis, low rise and original rise thongs in Marshmallow, Bliss Pink, and Powder Blue Signature Lace, all embellished with a sparkling Swarovski crystal heart, surrounded by round Swarovski crystals and crystal pearl cabochons.

Hanky Panky Swarovski Crystal Heart Closeup

An oversized shimmering Swarovski crystal heart takes center stage on our romantic new styles

Our bestselling I DO collection continues, with a cheeky hipster, low rise and original rise thongs, all available on their own or beautifully boxed for gifting.

Hanky Panky I DO thongs, embellished with Crystals from Swarovski

The perfect shower gift: Hanky Panky I DO thongs, embellished with Crystals from Swarovski

Hanky Panky I DO cheeky hipster, embellished with Crystals from Swarovski

Hanky Panky I DO cheeky hipster, embellished with Crystals from Swarovski

Hanky Panky is proud to be an official Crystals from Swarovski branding partner. As stated on their website,

Swarovski is the premium brand for the finest crystal embellishments since 1895. It is recognized for its innovative excellence and its collaborations with top-class designers and brands in the fashion, jewelry, accessories, interior design, and lighting industries across the globe.
Available in a myriad of colors, effects, shapes, and sizes, crystals from Swarovski offer designers a fabulous palette of inspiration, and are produced according to the innovative, lead-free* Advanced Crystal standard. Born out of a passion for detail and high-precision cutting, these precious ingredients impart refined glamour to everything they embellish. They can be recognized by the ‘Crystals from Swarovski’ seal, which serves as a certificate of authenticity that identifies products made with genuine Swarovski crystals.
A family-owned company for more than 120 years, with values rooted in integrity, respect, and excellence, Swarovski is noted as much for its ethics in business as for its contemporary artistry and innovative flair.

Shop our full collection with Swarovski crystals here.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

*Crystal glass and all other materials containing 0.009% lead or less.
Swarovski® is a registered trademark of Swarovski AG.

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Henree Orzeck, the Best Girl, 2002-2018

Henree Orzeck, 2002-2018

Henree Orzeck 
6-2-2002 – 2-18-2018
“Best Girl”

To the Hanky Panky community:

I must deliver the very sad news that our Chairman of the Board died yesterday. Although evidence for this statement is non-existent, I believe Henree was the only standard poodle holding such an elevated position in American commerce and we can all be proud of her association with Hanky Panky. Her motto:  What glass ceiling?

Fortunately, despite her recent deficits and infirmities she was still regularly showing up at Hanky Panky so her friends and colleagues at the office and warehouse were able to see her in the last several weeks in both Queens and Manhattan.

Henree was an AKC Certified Pedigree poodle bred in upstate New York. She lived with a family in New Jersey for her first 2 ½ years, bore a litter, and was given up for adoption to Watchung Mountain Poodle Rescue. Henree lived with volunteers for a short while and they described her this way: “She really is the best girl, full of common sense, a desire to please and affection.” The first time I had her groomed, the staff was struck by her “kindness”, a description I would hear again and again over her lifetime.

Susan Miller and I managed to clear the very high bar for adoption and we brought Henree home exactly 13 years ago today.

Her legacy lives on at Our Companions Animal Sanctuary in Ashford, CT where a rescue cottage is named for her—Henree House. Plans are also underway to memorialize her in the gigantic, shared backyard where she roamed and enjoyed life—Central Park.

Lida

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Galentine’s Day: Ladies Celebrating Ladies

Hanky Panky Thong Roses

Thong roses make sweet gifts for your BFFs.

We should take this moment and thank Leslie from Parks and Recreations for this AWESOME day!

“Thank you, Leslie!”

Leslie Knope Dancing

So what does one do for Galentine’s Day?

Here are a few ways you can show your gal friends how much you love them and yourself.

  • Go out! It’s that time of year when everyone just wants to stay in with some oversized sweats and a cozy sweater (which I am usually all for, but not today!)Plan a dinner for you and your girlfriends at a fancy restaurant that you have all been wanting to try, followed by a good time out maybe a bar, karaoke or dancing.Plan ahead, as you’ll probably need to get a reservation. If you are the host, bring your friends mini bouquets (or some of our thong roses!) Every girl deserves flowers even if it’s not Valentine’s Day.If you best gals live out of town, schedule a skype date: everyone orders takeout and chats till the sun comes up like a slumber party! (Thank you technology!)
  • Send your besties handwritten cards to say how much you love them. With all the texting, facetiming, and snapchatting going on in our lives, it can mean so much more when someone writes you to tell you how much they care. Think about the last card you got from your Grandma or other beloved relative and how warm and happy it made you feel. Research done by Kent State University’s Dr. Steven Toepfer suggests that people who still write letters by hand are happier.
  • Volunteer somewhere that motivates girls and women. Check out a few of these charities:

Leslie Knope: I am a goddess, a glorious female warrior.

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Xoxo,

-Stephanie, Visual, Social and Philanthropy Coordinator

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Hanky Panky + Best Friends Animal Society “Yappy Hour”

Hanky Panky + Best Friends Animal Society

Earlier this week, an assortment of New York’s furriest fashionistas and their humans joined Hanky Panky at the (pet-friendly) Soho Grand Hotel for  “yappy hour” in support of Best Friends Animal Society. Attendees included representatives from Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Redbook, Buzzfeed, Glossy, Man Repeller, and PopSugar.

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in collaboration with its nationwide network of members and partners working to Save Them All®.

Hanky Panky + Best Friends Art by olive47

For this collaboration, Hanky Panky worked with Best Friends and Los Angeles based street artist olive47 to create a capsule collection featuring an adorable cat and dog print on our favorite Signature Lace lingerie styles.

Hurricane Harvey orphan Merci is one of the many wonderful pets at Best Friends who are looking for forever homes.

Hurricane Harvey orphan Merci is one of the many wonderful pets at Best Friends who are looking for forever homes.

Special guest and Hurricane Harvey orphan Merci charmed both human and canine attendees with his calm, affectionate demeanor and dashing good looks. He is looking for his forever home and is available for adoption at Best Friends’ New York Adoption Center.

*UPDATE: Merci has found his forever family!*

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the event!

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And while the cats of Hanky Panky prefer to party à la maison, they, too are fans of the collaboration and sported printed lace bandanas created exclusively for event attendees.

Cats of Hanky Panky wearing lace bandanas

Shop the full (humans only) collection now at HankyPanky.com!

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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