Bathing Garments Patents (Class 2/67)
  • Patent number: 10791773
    Abstract: The present invention provides a brassiere that can create not only a cleavage of breasts but also a beautiful decollete in a neckline area by naturally pushing up the breasts, even when the user is a person whose breasts including flab have little volume, or an elderly person whose breasts have no volume particularly in an area near the stomach and moreover are droopy. This brassiere includes: a pair of cups (20) covering breasts (B); a front panel (31) to which the cups (20) are attached; side panels (40) extending from underarm portions of the front panel (31); and straps (50) provided from upper edges of the respective cups (20) to the side panels (40). A substantially triangular pad (70) is disposed to be overlapped with a substantially triangular part (S) that is surrounded by a rising portion (28) from a stomach part (20a) of each cup (20) and a horizontal edge portion (29) from the stomach part (20a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GOLD FLAG LTD.
    Inventor: Akiyo Hirakubo
  • Patent number: 10736365
    Abstract: An intelligent bra includes a main body and an air pump. The main body includes a connection base connected with a cup set, two back bands and two fixing elements. The cup set includes a first cup, a second cup and a central part defined between the first cup and the second cup. The cup set includes an outer layer, an inner layer and an air bag layer. The air bag layer is disposed between the outer layer and the inner layer. A connection end of an airflow channel of the air bag layer is disposed on the central part. The two back bands are respectively connected with the connection base. The two fixing elements are disposed on the lateral sides of the two back bands, respectively. The air pump is detachably connected with the connection end, so as to adjust an inner pressure of the air bag layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ching-Sung Lin, Shih-Chang Chen, Li-Pang Mo, Chang-Yen Tsai, Chi-Feng Huang, Yung-Lung Han
  • Patent number: 10709177
    Abstract: A women's one-piece bathing suit garment includes a bodice panel and an underwear portion. The bodice panel has a vertically placed connection mechanism which forms the torso of the garment. The underwear portion includes a plurality of waistband panels, a front panel, and a primary panel. The front of the bodice panel extends below waist-level to form the plurality of waistband panels. The primary panel forms the rear of the underwear portion of the garment. The primary panel is connected to the plurality of waistband panels via continuous pieces of material forming the leg openings of the garment. The primary panel is connected to the front panel to form a crotch of the garment. The front panel connects to the plurality of waistband panels via a connection mechanism, which upon connecting, the front panel forms the front for the underwear portion of the bathing suit garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Susanne Leary Shoemaker
  • Patent number: 10709181
    Abstract: A suit wearable by a human user includes a torso section, two arm sections extending from an upper portion of the torso section, and two leg sections extending from a lower portion of the torso section. The suit further includes a plurality of spaced apart marks connected with an interior surface portion of the suit. The plurality of marks formed on the interior surface portion of the suit impart a roughened, uneven surface along an exterior surface portion that corresponds with the interior surface portion of the suit, and a surface roughness of the exterior surface portion varies based upon a degree of stretch applied to the suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Cumiskey
  • Patent number: 10674777
    Abstract: Aspects herein provide for a pocket structure for an apparel item. The apparel item comprises an outer panel of material, an inner panel of material, a pocket panel, and a double-layer trim piece such as a waistband. A top edge of the outer panel is affixed to an outer layer of the waistband, and a top edge of the inner panel is affixed to an inner layer of the waistband. The pocket panel is positioned between the inner panel and the outer panel, and a top edge of the pocket panel is affixed to the outer layer of the waistband, and a bottom edge of the pocket panel is affixed to the inner panel of material. A pocket space is defined between the pocket panel and the inner panel of material. An opening to the space is formed through the outer layer of the waistband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kimberly R. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10645979
    Abstract: Disclosed is a garment with built-in bra. The garment includes a first fabric layer, which includes a front fabric portion having an outer surface and an inner surface and a back fabric portion having an outer surface and an inner surface. The garment also includes a pair of bra cups having first peripheral portions, second peripheral portions, and third peripheral portions. The garment further includes a pair of side panels connected to the pair of bra cups at the first peripheral portions. The garment further includes a second fabric layer having a front fabric portion and a back fabric portion. The front fabric portion of the second fabric layer is connected to the pair of bra cups at one or more of the second peripheral portions and the third peripheral portions. The garment further includes one or more flexible bands extending between and sewn to the second fabric layer and the inner surface of the back fabric portion of the first fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: B.L.TOPS LLC
    Inventor: Muran Zhu
  • Patent number: 10470507
    Abstract: An article of apparel includes a birthing skirt. The birthing skirt includes a skirt portion having a waist opening, and a tubular portion having an end attached to the waist opening of the skirt portion. A material of the tubular portion includes a shape-conforming, elastic material. A pocketless aperture is through a side of the birthing skirt and is sized to accommodate a width of at least one of a fetal monitor transducer, a contraction monitor transducer, or a cable of a monitor transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Pullman Regional Hospital
    Inventor: LaurelLee Heimbigner
  • Patent number: 10412998
    Abstract: A nursing garment that includes a back portion comprising a back layer; and a front portion coupled to the back portion. The front portion includes an external layer; a first middle layer that includes a leak-resistant fabric having at least one edge that is cut on the bias; a second middle layer that includes an absorbent material; and an innermost layer configured to be in contact with a nipple of a user, wherein the innermost layer includes a fabric configured to wick moisture away from the nipple of the user. The external layer, the first middle layer, the second middle layer and the innermost layer are coupled together such that the first middle layer extends between the external layer and the second middle layer, and the second middle layer extends between the first middle layer and the innermost layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Lauren Hinnershitz
  • Patent number: 10390572
    Abstract: One-piece swimsuit and method of manufacture provide for easy extraction of one or both legs without removing the top of the swimsuit. A top and bottom portion of the swimsuit can be partially separated by an openable closure that connects the top portion to the bottom portion when closed. An integral joining strip that secures the top portion to the bottom portion at one side of the swimsuit, so that when both legs are removed from the bottom portion, the bottom portion of the swimsuit is retained at the side of the wearer. An elastic expansion may be provided in the joining strip to facilitate pulling the bottom portion downward when extracting the wearer's leg(s). The closure may be an elastic band or elastic zipper to facilitate reconnection of the bottom portion to the top portion. A flap or skirt may be included to hide the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Angela Willingham
  • Patent number: 10383373
    Abstract: A harness system for adjusting support of a garment is provided herein. The garment with a harness system includes a body and a liner having harness straps. The harness straps slide through openings in shoulder straps of the body. The harness straps are then laced through a series of maintainers in the back of the body. The harness straps having terminally-located tabs that may be pulled from the back of the body toward the front of the body and affixed thereto. The placement of the tabs, when pulled toward the front of the body and attached thereto, determines the fit and support of the garment. By manipulating the tabs of the harness system, a wearer may adjust the length of the harness straps, back and posture support, and the lift provided by the liner. The harness system creates a customizable fit and support level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Stephanie Muhlenfeld
  • Patent number: 10334889
    Abstract: An exercise top that is designed for nursing women, whereby the garment is stylish, comfortable, adjustable, and functional as an exercise top, yet also allows a convenient, easy and discrete mechanism that allows the user to nurse a baby without disrobing in that there are several points of adjustability to the garment, as well as an outer release mechanism and an inner release mechanism, which allow the wearer to selectively expose a breast for nursing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Just Bloomed, LLC
    Inventor: Anne Hensel
  • Patent number: 10188157
    Abstract: Athletic garments and methods of their use are provided. One garment includes, for instance: a waist band, and an insulated panel configured to form a pouch to conformally cover a groin and genital area of a person. At least one end of the insulated panel is coupled to a portion of the waistband. Also disclosed is a method of using the athletic garment including providing the athletic garment and providing an ice bath for a person wearing the athletic garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Ulysse Tschantret, Erin Tschantret
  • Patent number: 10149503
    Abstract: An article of water resistant clothing that includes a water resistant underlay layer. The water resistant underlay layer includes at least one compression panel to compress a portion of a body of a user wearing the water resistant clothing. The article of swimwear includes a water resistant overlay layer disposed over the water resistant underlay layer. The water resistant overlay layer exposes at least a portion of the water resistant underlay layer through material of the water resistant overlay layer. The article of water resistant clothing includes a set of fasteners embedded in at least one of the water resistant underlay layer or the water resistant overlay layer to couple the water resistant underlay layer to the water resistant overlay layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Joanne Chan Bersamin
  • Patent number: 10098389
    Abstract: A wetsuit is provided which comprises (a) a first central region comprising a first material and having a first thickness; and (b) a second lateral region comprising a second material and having a second thickness. The buoyancy per unit area of the first region is greater than the buoyancy per unit area of the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ROKA SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Allen Canales, Kurt Robert Spenser
  • Patent number: 10076141
    Abstract: A halter bib athletic garment is described herein. A halter bib athletic garment may be removed or lowered without removing a jersey by simply pulling a halter strap over the head of a wearer. One or more embodiments of a halter bib allow wearers to more readily urinate or have a bowel movement because the halter bib may be easily lowered or removed. A halter bib athletic garment may include a lower body section, a chamois coupled to the lower body section, and an upper body section. The upper body section comprises a halter strap forming a portion of a loop of a head opening on the upper body section. The halter strap includes two front side portions and a rear side portion positioned between the front side portions. The rear side portion is coupled to the athletic garment only with the front side portions of the halter strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Karany Nhim
  • Patent number: 10010120
    Abstract: The present invention provides a garment useful as swimwear or sun-bathing attire that has an adjustable waistband which allows the girth of the garment and waistband to be expanded or decreased by the user, according to the body size and desired fit of the user. Swim garment includes a front panel, a rear panel, and sliding adjustable straps that connect the front panel to the rear panel. Said sliding adjustable straps permit lengthening or shortening thereof by accumulation of material, in the manner of a bra strap, and compose an adjustable section of the garment's adjustable waistband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Jennifer Diane Lowe
  • Patent number: 9955741
    Abstract: Making a control top garment includes forming a pocket bag from a first fused composite material and a second material, the first fused fabric composite having stretch and recovery properties in at least one direction thereof; and attaching the pocket bag to an garment by (i) attaching a top side of the pocket bag to a waistband of the garment; (ii) attaching a first side of the pocket bag to a side of the garment; and (iii) attaching a second side of the pocket bag adjacent a connector of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Talon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Herman Sydney Roup
  • Patent number: 9949515
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to support devices to be worn by a user. The support devices include an elongated strip configured to wrap underneath respective breasts of a user and around the neck of a user to provide support to the breasts of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Swittie Girls, LLC
    Inventors: Catherine Wilkins, Elizabeth Tucker
  • Patent number: 9854853
    Abstract: A swim suit (1), particularly for competition swimming, comprising an outer shell (2) suitable to cover at least part of the body trunk and of the legs of a swimmer, wherein the outer shell (2) is made of a flexible stretchable fabric (3) and, in at least a region of the shell, carbon fibers are woven into the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Arena Distribution S.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Musciacchio
  • Patent number: 9622516
    Abstract: A brassiere (100, 102, 200) is disclosed as including a first layer (104, 204), a second layer (106, 206), and a third layer located between the first layer and the second layer. The third layer includes a piece of across-sling fabric (118, 218) and two pieces of side-sling fabric (116, 216) which collectively form a general H-shape. The piece of across-sling fabric extending across and compresses a pair of breasts of a wearer of the brassiere towards a body of the wearer, and the two pieces of side-sling fabric support the pair of breasts of the wearer each from an outer side of the respective breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Clover Mystique Co. Limited
    Inventor: Mun Chee Angela Lau
  • Patent number: 9615616
    Abstract: A therapeutic bra and its method of use are presented. The therapeutic bra is intended for use by individuals recovering from shoulder surgery or otherwise having areas of discomfort in the shoulder region. A single strap is provided for interconnection above the cup of the bra that is associated with the non-sensitive, unaffected shoulder. The strap extends across the unaffected shoulder and then makes interconnection with any of various receiving sleeves along a top edge of the back portion of the bra. The receiving sleeve employed will typically be a function of the anatomy of the user and the associated cup size. The single bra strap may be connected around the neck of the user and to the top of each of the cups of the bra to be used as a halter, or the strap can be totally removed and not used at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Golda, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Corrado, Donald R. Burck
  • Patent number: 9427068
    Abstract: The badge holder includes a strap member mounted to the back of the badge holder, which allows the badge holder to be securely worn on the hand, wrist or forearm for displaying the badge, while the wearer has full use of both hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Jo Won Seuk
  • Patent number: 9392820
    Abstract: A condom-containing underwear includes a body portion for receiving a wearer's waist and covering at least 30 percent of the wearer's abdominal area; and a condom portion connected to the body portion and for receiving a penis. The body portion may include a shell and a lining. The lining may be detachable from the shell. The condom portion may be collapsible such that it takes the form of a penis only upon a full insertion of the penis within the condom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Darryl W. Dixon, Jr., Dante A. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9241516
    Abstract: A garment, such as a sports uniform, may provide visibility zones and/or flicker zones to enhance the ability of teammates to perceive the wearer. Different zones on a garment may have different sets of visual properties that may contrast with one another and/or a visual background. A denier differential between layers of a garment may facilitate moisture transport across the layers of the garment. Flicker zones may be discrete from or combined with visibility zones. One or more zones of a garment may also be substantially non-reflective at wavelengths associated with the visual background encountered while wearing the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan L. Sokolowski, Kirk M. Mayer, Amir H. Morgan, Alan W. Reichow, Andrea J. Staub, Stephanie J. Scott
  • Patent number: 9220305
    Abstract: Convertible swimwear comprising a top piece and extendable bottom piece. The bottom piece having an intermediate portion with an upper edge that can be positioned adjacent to a lower edge of top piece and held in position by an elastic strap. The upper edge of the intermediate section includes an elastic strap to maintain the upper edge in position to form a one piece bathing suit. The top piece may further include a cover flap to conceal the edge of the intermediate section for a seamless appearance. The upper edge of the intermediate section can be rolled, folded or scrunched toward the bottom piece to effectively convert the one piece style bathing suit to a two piece style bathing suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Stephanie Hersh
  • Patent number: 9198467
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to a shapewear garment with an integrated compression liner. The liner is constructed from a singular tubular piece of fabric and provides 360° of compression. The liner is seamless, thus allowing for a smooth appearance. The liner is attached to an outer fashion garment to prevent twisting or turning of the piece. The garment includes a plurality of yarn stitches to provide greater support in the chest and stomach regions. The liner and outer garment may take a T-shirt or tank top configuration with a number of different necklines and lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Paris Gordon
  • Patent number: 9179715
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention include an adjustable bathing suit top including a frontside configured to cover a wearer's chest and an adjustable backside. The backside may include a horizontal strap attached to the frontside of the bathing suit top and the horizontal strap is configured to fit around the circumference of the wearer's back. A first vertical strap and a second vertical strap are connected to the frontside of the bathing suit top, each of the first vertical strap and the second vertical strap are attached to the horizontal strap by a loop. The loops are capable of sliding along a length of the horizontal strap. A plurality of rings are wrapped around both of the vertical straps to hold the vertical straps together and the rings are capable of sliding along a length of the vertical straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Heidi Roth
  • Publication number: 20150059047
    Abstract: Watersports accessories, including but not limited to handwear and footwear, where a substantial portion of the accessory is molded in a three-dimensional mold with a soft, pliable, and durable material such as EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) or PU (Polyurethane) or similar foam blends that aid in the flexibility, durability, and comfort of the accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: James Alexander Meiselman
  • Publication number: 20150052657
    Abstract: Apparel comprises a first portion and a second portion and at least two joining lines there between and wherein i) the first portion comprises a partial moiety of a first brand, logo, indicia or theme; ii) the second portion comprises a partial moiety of a second brand, logo, indicia or theme; iii) the first portion and second portion are separable at the two joining lines; and wherein the partial moiety of the first brand, logo, indicia or theme aligns (in full or in part) with the partial moiety of the second brand, logo, indicia or theme forming a hybrid brand, logo, indicia or theme with elements of each of the first brand, logo, indicia or theme and the second brand, logo, indicia or theme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: David J. Miller
  • Publication number: 20150044943
    Abstract: An insulating clothing system includes an article of clothing having a front portion and at least one pocket in the front portion. The pocket is configured to at least partially cover at least one intimate part of a user. At least one insulating insert including at least one layer of thermal insulation material is removably positioned in the pocket and configured to passively provide thermal insulation to the intimate part. The at least one insulating insert can provide an R-value of greater than about 3.5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Vicky Marshall, Virginia Ann Trotter
  • Publication number: 20150007374
    Abstract: A transferable garment, for seamlessly transforming an existing bikini swimsuit to a tankini swimsuit, comprising a front side, a back side seamlessly connected to the front side, a torso portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, the front side and the back side forming the torso portion and the torso portion being sized to cover at least a portion of a wearer's torso, an upper front section of the front side, an upper rear section portion of the back side, a first securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper front section for securing the torso portion to necks straps of the existing bikini swimsuit, a second securing mechanism seamlessly connected to the upper rear section for securing the torso portion to back straps of the existing bikini swimsuit. The first securing mechanism and the second securing mechanism temporarily secures the torso portion to the existing bikini swimsuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Melissa Larson, Kristi Osmond
  • Patent number: 8918915
    Abstract: A garment includes an outer garment having a shorts portion with an inner side and a pair of elastic tethers having first fastening elements, and an undergarment having a front panel and a pair of second fastening elements. Each of the first fastening elements of the tethers of the shorts portion is adapted to engage releasably a corresponding one of the second fastening elements of the undergarment. The first and second fastening elements may include snap elements, buttons, pins, zippers, or hook and loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Little Black, LLC
    Inventors: Frances Caulfield, Nancy Farkas
  • Patent number: 8900024
    Abstract: Pants have top and bottom and intermediate extents, a front and a rear, and left and right sides. The top extent has a small torus and a large torus. Left and right fasteners are in the large torus. First and second bladders are in the large torus adjacent to the left side. Third and fourth bladders are in the large torus adjacent to the right side. A left tube is operatively coupled the first and second bladder. A right tube is operatively coupled to the third and fourth bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Neil Jenney
  • Publication number: 20140345028
    Abstract: A water hat having a body portion with an elastic rim is provided. The body portion may be made of a nylon and spandex mix and the rim may be made of a stretchable rubber. The water hat may further include a brim. The water hat may be worn during water sports and other activities and may remain secured to the head due to the elastic properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Karen Elizabeth Gellis
  • Publication number: 20140325731
    Abstract: A safety device comprising a body portion secured to the torso of a swimmer and having support straps and a handle to permit an instructor to provide support for the swimmer is disclosed. The safety device may be used for a variety of purposes, such as teaching individuals how to swim. During use, an instructor or other individual may provide support and/or guidance for the swimmer by lifting or pulling on the handle. The device may be constructed to provide both freedom of movement for the swimmer and direct contact with the instructor, thereby allowing for a safe, yet challenging, learning experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: AQUA-LEISURE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Gould, Caitlin Wotherspoon
  • Publication number: 20140313037
    Abstract: A wetsuit (101) is provided which comprises (a) a first central region (125, 127) comprising a first material and having a first thickness; and (b) a second lateral region comprising a second material and having a second thickness. The buoyancy per unit area of the first region is greater than the buoyancy per unit area of the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Roka Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Allen Canales, Kurt Robert Spenser
  • Publication number: 20140310845
    Abstract: A towel comprising a front side and a back side, the towel fixedly communicating with a flap adapted to fold over a side selected from the group consisting of the front side of the towel, the back side of the towel, and a combination thereof, the flap comprising a first side fixedly communicating with a reverse side comprising and defining an air vent extending through the first side and the reverse side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Sharon Holliday, Karen Patton
  • Publication number: 20140259263
    Abstract: A clothing with incisions for tearing. The incisions may be in a linear pattern and may extend from the top end of the clothing to a bottom end of the clothing. Therefore, a user may wear the clothing once and then discard the clothing by tearing the clothing off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Dmitry Khapchik
  • Patent number: 8832862
    Abstract: A cover up torso top outer garment provides increased coverage and support for a woman wearing a bikini top, the garment formed of stretchable right and left breast portions with an open-ended front zipper releasably securing the breast portions, with elastic back and neck straps. The garment is donned over a bikini top, the zipper attaches the two breast portions together, and the straps are adjusted. The garment may then be doffed when appropriate to expose the bikini top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Solis
  • Publication number: 20140250561
    Abstract: A swimsuit comprising an inner compression layer attached to an outer layer in a free floating manner is provided. The inner compression layer shapes, contours and slims the wearer's body, whereas the outer layer provides an aesthetically pleasing design. The inner and outer layers are positioned substantially independent from each other on the wearer's body for their respective purposes. It is further contemplated that the outer layer provides an additional shaping, contouring and slimming function in addition to the inner compression layer. Left and right leg openings of the inner and outer layers may be spot attached to each other at one or more locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph DiLorenzo
  • Patent number: 8822013
    Abstract: A cloth for swimsuits includes synthetic fiber multifilament yarns and elastic fibers, wherein a front surface and a back surface of the cloth have a water-repellent finish(es); bumps and hollows are formed on the back surface; the bumps and hollows on the back surface have a height difference of 150 ?m to 650 ?m; and the hollows have a width of 100 ?m to 5000 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ujiteru Niwa, Hiroaki Date, Keiko Kasahara, Akira Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140230119
    Abstract: A breast support device designed to provide the wearer with a high degree of control and support of breast tissue while minimizing the pain and discomfort associated with conventional breast control garments, that can be worn on its own or integrated into garments where breast support is desirable. The breast support device achieves these objectives through the innovative combination of various non-stretch and stretch fabrics, as well as through the use on one or more darts of varying length sewn into the non-stretch fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Lynx Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Cynthia A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140215680
    Abstract: A bikini swimwear suit including: a first leaf covering; a second leaf covering, where the first leaf and second leaf cover a user's breasts; and a third leaf covering, where the third leaf provides a panty for the user. The bikini swimwear suit may include string support for the third leaf covering and in one particular embodiment, the string support may include a top string set and a bottom string set. Another aspect of the present invention relates to a trouser hem design including: a forward cut, where the forward cut has a first length; and a rear cut, where the rear cut has a second length, and the first length is less than the second length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Henry Yan
  • Publication number: 20140196188
    Abstract: The invention is multifunctional garment(s) and/or multifunctional garment system(s) and method(s) of using the same that comprises a first piece or a first piece and one or more additional pieces that can be removably attachable to one another in at least one fashion. The invention possesses the attribute and ability of removably forming a single article of clothing out of multiple article(s) of clothing, or vice versa, by means of the fixation of fasteners to at least one garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Shelly Brady
  • Patent number: 8769718
    Abstract: A garment including an inner layer of material adapted to be disposed adjacent to a wearer's skin. The inner layer preferably forms a body suit with legs formed of elastic, body-shaping material that includes a bodice portion and torso/legs portion. The garment also includes at least one exterior layer that may be fashioned as a skirt, a dress, a long-legged pants, a jumpsuit, or similar attire. A construction of a body suit with legs as well as a method for making the torso/legs portion is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Shari Riehl
  • Patent number: 8769717
    Abstract: A collapsible swimsuit includes a loop for supporting the suit on the human body. The swimsuit also includes a pair of fastening devices which, when disengaged, make it possible to fold the body of the swimsuit and store it compactly into a pouch on the swimsuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: David C. Holland
  • Publication number: 20140182042
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a multi-layered design for an article of apparel such as swimwear. In particular, at least one layer may include a stretch resistant matrix made of a thermoplastic polymer, a silicone or other similar material to provide additional support and modesty to certain areas of the apparel, such as the bust area. Further, a method of manufacturing the article of apparel is also disclosed. According to aspects described herein, the layers may be integrated using techniques to increase the overall integrity of the apparel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: HURLEY INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventor: Renata H. Marchand
  • Patent number: 8757455
    Abstract: A paddle holder is provided for a watersport article. The paddle holder includes a clothing element, an anchor, and a lanyard. The clothing element is configured to be integrated into a watersport article along a lateral location of a user elevationally between a supra-patellar region and an abdominal region. The anchor is affixed to the clothing element. The lanyard has a retention device and an adapter. The adapter is configured to affix to the anchor on the clothing element. The retention device is configured to mate and demate with a handle of a paddle to retain the paddle to the clothing element. A method is also provided for retaining a paddle with a watersport article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: John William Smalley
    Inventor: John William Smalley
  • Patent number: 8745766
    Abstract: A novel bathing garment set for taking showers in public places. Oversized, snap-fastened shirt tops and shorts are designed for easily putting on and disrobing normal clothes in public with privacy. Made of semi-permeable fabrics, the bathing garment is to be worn during a shower and while washing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Neil Thomas Tarrant, Stacy Davis Tarrant
  • Publication number: 20140109280
    Abstract: In order to provide a polyurethane yarn having exceptional performance in terms of resistance to chlorine embrittlement essentially without the use of zinc, which is a heavy metal, and having advantageous application particularly in swimwear; as well as a fabric and article of swimwear using the polyurethane yarn, the present invention is a polyurethane yarn characterized in containing a partially hindered phenol compound having at least one partially hindered hydroxyphenyl group and a molecular weight of 300 or more, and a synthetic carbonate comprising one metal selected from the group consisting of alkali metals and alkaline-earth metals. The polyurethane yarn and other fibers are combined to yield a fabric and article of swimwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: INVISTA North America S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Katsuya Suzuki, Toshihiro Tanaka