brenda berger & hanky panky

brenda berger & hanky panky

From Classical Music to Transforming Intimates

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In this episode of Read Receipt, we welcome Brenda Berger, the CEO of Hanky Panky, the brand that revolutionized the thong in the 1970s, creating a product beloved by millions around the world. Brenda's journey from a classical music background to leading a pioneering lingerie company is both unique and inspiring. Join us as we explore Brenda's path from sales to CEO, the innovative spirit of Hanky Panky, and how the brand maintains its commitment to quality and comfort. Discover how Hanky Panky continues to empower women with its inclusive designs and unwavering focus on customer satisfaction.

Tune in to hear Brenda’s insights on leadership, the evolution of Hanky Panky, and what the future holds for this iconic brand.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation!

The Show Notes


Brenda Berger, CEO of Hanky Panky, shares her unique journey from studying classical music to leading a revolutionary lingerie brand. Brenda discusses how she entered the fashion industry by chance and found her true calling with Hanky Panky. She highlights the brand's commitment to comfort, quality, and inclusivity, and how these values have driven its success. The conversation covers the brand's history, the iconic thong's impact, and the importance of staying close to customers. Brenda also reflects on leadership lessons and the future vision for Hanky Panky.


lingerie brand, thong, comfort, inclusivity, leadership, classical music, fashion industry, customer focus, quality, empowerment


  1. Brenda Berger's journey from classical music to leading Hanky Panky is marked by unique experiences and a passion for comfort and quality.
  2. Hanky Panky revolutionized the lingerie market with its comfortable and stylish thong, gaining a loyal following.
  3. The brand's commitment to inclusivity and customer satisfaction drives its product development and business strategies.
  4. Building a brand involves creating strong connections with customers and maintaining high standards of quality and comfort.
  5. Leadership at Hanky Panky is characterized by collaboration, innovation, and a long-term focus on brand values and integrity.

Sound Bites:

  • "I initially studied classical voice but found my true calling in the fashion industry by chance."
  • "Hanky Panky created a thong that is both comfortable and stylish, revolutionizing the lingerie market."
  • "Our commitment to inclusivity and quality has always been at the heart of Hanky Panky's success."
  • "Building a brand is about maintaining high standards and creating strong connections with customers."
  • "Leadership at Hanky Panky involves collaboration, innovation, and staying true to our core values."


00:00 - Brenda's Background and Journey-
Brenda introduces herself and shares her journey from studying classical music to leading Hanky Panky.

08:01 - The Inspiration Behind Hanky Panky-
Brenda discusses how she discovered Hanky Panky and what drew her to the brand.

12:30 - Transition from Music to Fashion-
Brenda explains her career shift and the lessons she learned along the way.

23:17 - Importance of Comfort and Quality-
The conversation delves into how Hanky Panky's commitment to comfort and quality has driven its success.

25:30 - Challenges and Opportunities in the Lingerie Industry-
Brenda talks about the challenges and opportunities of building a lingerie brand and maintaining high standards.

27:26 - Commitment to Inclusivity and Customer Focus-
Brenda highlights Hanky Panky's dedication to inclusivity and staying close to customers.

31:23 - Building a Strong Brand Identity-
The discussion explores the importance of staying true to core values and connecting with consumers.

36:02 - The Vision for Hanky Panky-
Brenda shares her vision for the future of Hanky Panky and her goals for the brand.

47:37 - Leadership Lessons and Insights-
Brenda reflects on leadership lessons and the importance of collaboration and innovation.

51:43 - Final Thoughts and Insights-
Brenda wraps up the conversation with final thoughts and valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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