I remember my mother’s 40th surprise birthday party. I was 11 and I thought my mom was so old. The banner at the entrance read “Life begins at 40”. I presumed that my aunt had hung it there to make her feel better about this provocative milestone. I loved my mother something fierce, but alas, I only had 40 years myself before she was gone. But 40 years is a long time and the building blocks of a person’s character constructed during such an enduring relationship are formidable. Small details prevail, floating through our memories, defining the individual and embedding their meaning into our psyches. One such vignette was my mother’s handkerchiefs. She seemed a bit quaint to me with those embroidered hankies in her handbag. But years later, I recognize that they were part of who she was; a warm and gracious lady whose loyalty, pursuit of excellence and respect for individuality defined her as one of the classiest women I have ever known.
Every time I see an embroidered cotton handkerchief, I think of my mom. So when Hanky Panky decided to commemorate their 40th anniversary this year with the resurrection of the iconic intimates that forged the Hanky Panky brand, I was all in. It’s a well-known industry story; 40 years ago Gale Epstein gave her friend Lida Orzeck a bra and panty set that she designed from handkerchiefs. This simple gesture sparked a partnership that has given the market a powerhouse lingerie company. Although this current collection, made from actual cotton hankies, are precious examples of the brands aesthetic, it is the Hanky Panky ethos that is worthy of reflection. Remaining loyal to their heritage of flirty, quality lingerie made in the USA, they have managed to sustain their liaison with their suppliers and customers without compromise. Just as my mom’s influence on me has lived on, I have no doubt they will endure for years to come.
“Life Begins At Forty” ~Walter B. Pitkin
By ALI CUDBY
When I hear people talk about empowerment, it often seems to be connected to ways women think and feel about themselves.
Certainly, in the world of lingerie stores, we tend to connect women “looking and feeling their best” with “being empowered.”
In 2004, when I first found bras that fit, it was a transformational moment for me. It changed how I felt in my body. It changed how I saw myself. I felt empowered when I shifted my thinking about myself and my bras.
That theme is reflected in ways “empowering women” gets expressed in the media. Check out just a few descriptions of what makes an empowered woman:
An empowered woman…
- Takes responsibility for herself
- Makes her own rules
- Honors herself:
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Summertime paisley blues make beach time a treat with the versatile Summer Tide collection by Freya Swim. A little bit bohemian and definitely très chic, this twist bandeau bikini top showcases detachable, adjustable straps that can be worn as a halter, cross back or over the shoulder. Available in cup sizes B – G. Paired with the flirty Tie Side Bikini Brief featuring a cheeky cutaway leg framed with contrasting white bindings and you’ll be frolicking happily in the surf!
Summer Tide Collection in Denim Blue also includes Deco Moulded Bikini Top, Soft Triangle Bikini Top, Bikini Brief & Tie Side Bikini Brief – PLUS Maxi Dress coverup.
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With foam cups that provide perfect lift, Le Mystere’s Sophia Lace Strapless Bodysuit is designed to flawlessly accentuate your natural curves. An elegant lingerie layer, its unbelievably soft mesh bodice lies gently against the body, while its strategically placed lace paneling creates a slim silhouette.
No matter the occasion, it’s a stunning piece from top-to-bottom!
~ Molded underwire design
~ Fully adjustable straps included
~ Foam cups
~ Power mesh wings with silicone elastics for a slip-free fit
~ 2 snap closure at cotton lined gusset
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I went whale watching this past weekend determined to see one in the wild, since I have not had the pleasure since I began living here in 2011. That’s because the season peaks in early winter, good for tourism, bad for me. I am always away, in Paris, NY and the rest of the lingerie market, hunting and gathering product information while the rest of my friends take countless sojourns into the ocean to site these magnificent beasts. The water’s around Cabo San Lucas are a migratory destination and breeding ground for many species. Witnessing these humpbacks in the wild breaching the ocean’s surface, swimming with their young or just rising for air before the inevitable dive is poetic. These 40 ton mammals are incredibly … Read more
Today, in our Gallery, Alison is showcasing the Romanian designer Andreea Bădală and her showstopping Avant-Garde brand, Murmer. I saw this collection in Paris and was mesmerized by the way in which Andreea has merged lingerie and RTW. SEE and READ more here.… Read more