Thong Diary: Hanky Panky in Academia

"A Tiny Scrap of Fabric Wins a Huge Following" WSJ, Page 1, June 18, 2004

“A Tiny Scrap of Fabric Wins a Huge Following” appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal on June 18, 2004. The article catapulted the Hanky Panky thong from a celebrity favorite to The Name on Everyone’s Hips®. The enduring popularity of the Hanky Panky thong lies in it being as comfortable as it is beautiful, and in the quality of its materials and construction.

This week marks the 13th Anniversary of the cover seen around the world: Hanky Panky on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in June, 2004! Since we have been big on celebrating anniversaries this year (see here and here and here), this thong diary entry commemorates that life-altering WSJ spotlight and all the people who have become fans since then.

Today’s post comes from Lacey, who is interning for the summer in the Hanky Panky office and gives us a glimpse of Hanky Panky in academia:

For as long as I can remember, Hanky Panky has been a part of my life. My mother bought her first pair of Hanky Panky underwear in Arizona after reading about the company on the front page of The Wall Street Journal in 2004—shortly after my youngest sister was born. After that first taste of lace butter, she was hooked. Without fail, for every holiday and birthday she asked for two things: candles and Hanky Panky underwear.

Fast-forward a decade to my first year of college: I was thrilled to be moving to New York City to attend my dream school—Barnard College. Late into my first year, I was shocked to discover that the CEO of Hanky Panky, Lida Orzeck, is a Barnard alumna and trustee. I called my mother the moment that I found out to tell her about this exciting coincidence. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet Lida herself in my Senior year, and after hearing her story and touring the company, I knew that I needed to be a part of her lingerie legacy. A few emails and a whirlwind interview later, I called my mom on the verge of tears to tell her that I had my dream internship at my dream company.

On the day of my graduation, my mom and I made a special stop to commemorate my internship that was 13 years in the making: we picked up matching Barnard Hanky Panky panties in the college’s trademark blue. That night, as I strutted across the stage of Radio City Music Hall in my graduation robe and my signature lace, I blew a kiss to my mom, shook hands with Barnard’s president, and waved to Lida—who I might add was sitting on stage as I graduated. Though I am now surrounded by Hanky Panky underwear daily, no thong will ever be as special to me as my sapphire blue 4811s.

Hanky Panky Barnard Crystallized Signature Lace Thong in Sapphire

Barnard Crystallized Signature Lace Thong in Sapphire

Congrats, Lacey, on your graduation and your very signature Signature Lace! And thank you to you and all the #SigLaceFans for riding the wave to #HankyPanky40 with us!

Hanky Panky in the Barnard Store

Hanky Panky in the Barnard Store

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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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