For visible wares, my cheapness knows no bounds. Undergarments are a different story.
I put on my first Hanky Panky Signature Lace Low-Rise Thong five years ago. I’ve been hemorrhaging money on them ever since.
I’ve tried cheaping out on them countless times in the past, obvs – they’re on the borderline-ludicrous end of the intimates scale, what with their being $20 a pop and all. I eventually realized the following:
A Hanky Panky copycat is like a vegan dairy product. It serves its purpose, but it still feels wrong.
HP’s cost a whole four dollars less at Loehmann’s, but their selection totally blows in my experience. I’ve been looking for an excuse to pay full price, and this morning – whilst trolling shopbop’s Earth Friendly tab for Oy Vey-inspiring items – I FOUND IT.
The Cotton With A Conscience Low-Rise T-Shirt Thong just made $20 underwear a whole lot easier to justify.
I realize organically grown cotton sometimes sounds more eco-chic than it is: If you chuck what you don’t sell for the sake of your brand, it doesn’t matter what it’s made of. Environmental responsibility starts with making less trash (I’m looking at you, H&M). But I’m optimistic about Hanky Panky’s earth friendly line.
Pop Quiz: Manufacturing garments en masse usually yields leftover fabric, sometimes in pieces too small to be used. Hanky Panky disposes of their fabric leftovers by…
(a) Burning them; their latest collection’s Rodarte-inspired.
(b) Throwing them out with the trash, because other means of disposal are a pain in the ass.
(c) Donating them to local designers so they can be used in the making of new clothes.
It’s (c)! For reals! I saw the phenomenon up close a few months ago at AuH20. Kate was rifling through a box of fabric, which I immediately recognized as Hanky Panky’s magical lace. I learned that Hanky Panky doesn’t just donate boxes of excess fabric to local designers – they actually deliver the goods so recipients don’t have to worry about transport.
All kinds of awesome. I’m buying the T-Shirt Thong circa now.