Shoulder Strap Arrangements And Connecting Features Patents (Class 450/86)
  • Patent number: 10321723
    Abstract: Article, such as sports bras, and methods of making the same are described. A sports bra may comprise a front panel comprising a bust panel, a first shoulder strap, and a second shoulder strap. The sports bra may comprise a rear panel comprising a first back strap and a second back strap. The first back strap may coupled to the first shoulder strap at a first shoulder seam and the second back strap may coupled to the second shoulder strap at a second shoulder seam. The first back strap may be coupled to the bust panel at a first side seam and the second back strap may be coupled to the bust panel at a second side seam. One or both of the back straps may have the second a curve-linear shape exhibiting a tapered width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The North Face Apparel Corp.
    Inventors: Jennifer Kelley, Erin Francesca Martini-Boulware, Ashley Haak
  • Patent number: 10117468
    Abstract: A brassiere configured for operation by wearers of limited dexterity, such as those with limited use of fingers, hands, wrists, arms, and/or shoulders. The brassiere may include a shoulder support element which may provide support to the wearer's torso and breasts without requiring strain to be placed on both hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders when fastening the brassiere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Darla A Clarke
  • Patent number: 9961944
    Abstract: This invention relates to a multi-adjustable bra which is constructed for adequate support of the breasts yet permitting it to be worn with backless, strapless, and/or halter neck evening gowns, dresses or tops without disclosing unsightly straps either across the back or over the shoulders of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Fadwa Fayad
  • Patent number: 9936741
    Abstract: A functional garment that includes a first single breast supporting device is set forth herein. In some cases, the supporting device includes a first breast cup, a first shoulder loop, and a first breast cup connector that includes a first piece of material extending along a lateral portion of the first breast cup, with the first breast cup connector connecting, and being at least partially disposed between, the first breast cup and the first shoulder loop. In some cases, the supporting device further includes a first cross strap that is configured to extend around a first portion of a user's torso, the first cross strap being configured to attach to a first portion of the first breast cup and to at least one of the first breast cup connector and the first shoulder loop. Other implementations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Sergei Mazourik, Oksana Mazourik, Katharina Mazourik, Michael Mazourik
  • Patent number: 9801423
    Abstract: The bra adjustment mechanism enables a wearer to modify the fit of the garment. The adjustment mechanism is suitable for bras having a cup portion, a body surround portion and a strap that is connected between the cup and body surround portions. The strap has a free end with a connector for attaching the strap to a body surround portion, which has a plurality of connection positions for to securing the connector to the body surround at a selected position. The body surround preferably includes an elastic segment that provides an expansion area in the body surround for maximum sizing flexibility upon closure of the bra or movement by a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: 323 Media Group
    Inventor: Jessica Kyle
  • Patent number: 9795176
    Abstract: A breast support garment. The breast support garment includes a first breast cup connected to a second breast cup, a connecting band having a first end connected to the first breast cup and a second end connected to the second breast cup. A first strap is connected to the first breast cup at one end and to the connecting band at a second end, and a second strap is connected to the second breast cup at one end and to the connecting band at a second end. The first and second straps extend from the first and second breast cups in a direction opposing one another and are each secured thereto at an obtuse angle with respect to the connecting band. When worn by an individual, the first and second straps are positioned over the acromion process of the scapula, thereby providing securement and comfort to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Charlotte Hazzard
  • Patent number: 9516904
    Abstract: An upper body undergarment with two wide strap or garment style shoulders connected to a full-support bra at two front points. The straps are made from any suitable material, and is widest at the points of attachment to the bra, in this case the front of the subject embodiment where it is stitched directly to the cups, or made removable as per the description of the back ends of the straps. The straps then taper towards the apex of the shoulders to fit the width of a wearer's shoulders. The cups of the brassiere can be of any method or material generally employed in the art of support bra construction. The side panels of the brassiere connect from the outer sides of the cups around to the back of the wearer, and also serve to connect to the wide strap or garment style shoulders. Restickable or repositionable adhesive is used to create adjustment, fastening, or closure, or removable or other attachment in the undergarment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Carol A Hearty
  • Patent number: 9345274
    Abstract: A nursing device generally includes a strap having a first end and a second end. The first end may be permanently attached to a nursing garment and the second end provided with means for being removably attached to the nursing garment. The strap may thus be wrapped at least partially about a portion of the outer garment and retain it in a position that facilitates nursing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: CMWP, LLC
    Inventor: Christine Prill
  • Bra
    Patent number: 9259037
    Abstract: In one aspect a bra is provided, and includes a pair of cups that are self-supporting, a strap connected to each cup, a bridge connecting the inboard ends of each cup, and a band extending from the outboard end of each cup and configured to extend around the back of a wearer of the bra. Each cup is foldable along a fold line between an unfolded position wherein the cup covers a nipple of the wearer and a folded position wherein the cup exposes the nipple of the wearer, wherein, when the bra is worn by the wearer, each cup is stable in both the unfolded position and the folded position. In another embodiment a bra is provided with cups that are stable in both the folded and unfolded positions wherein the cups are not self supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Nadine Woods
  • Publication number: 20150140898
    Abstract: A bra strap which has a double sliding adjusting buckle, allowing that the bra strap can be printed with a design on both sides; making the bra strap reversible. This allows these to be used when a desirable manner that they can be printed by the two sides when the designs are substantially identical or different and inverted relative to each other. The user can adjust the height of the bra by sliding the buckles without affecting the advertising displayed, wherein each bra strap is composed of a strap fabric, and a set of four buckles where these correspond to two buckles called “8s” two buckles called “Zs”, due to its shape and the function they perform. The “Z” buckles have an open portion allowing the strip or strap is attached to the bra for which are located at the ends and the “8” buckles are completely enclosed and allow making the adjustment in height without affecting the printed design, reason for which is located between the ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Todd Gebron, Lina M. Saldarriaga Moreno, Santiago J. Arango Santamaria
  • Patent number: 9011201
    Abstract: An adjustable backless and strapless bra having a covering over the front. The backless and strapless bra assembly includes a pair of bra cups, each bra cup including an outer edge, a connector between the bra cups, and a covering coupled to the outer edge of each bra cup and extending from one of the pair of bra cups to the other one of the pair of bra cups across an outside surface of the bra cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Bragel International, Inc.
    Inventor: David E. Chen
  • Publication number: 20150093966
    Abstract: An adjustable support brassiere comprises traditional bra elements—a bra band with closure; breast cups; and respective shoulder straps. Adjustability may comprise inner support cups having opposite ends being selectively attached on each breast cup, and a respective support strap being secured to each inner support cup, with a distal end of the support strap secured to an adjustment clip, which may releasably secure a portion of the shoulder strap. Adjustably securing different portions of the shoulder strap causes lifting and reconfiguring of the inner support cup to produce a desired amount of substantially vertical lifting to the woman's breast(s) in one embodiment, which is generally healthier for breast tissue than the typical inward displacement. Adjustments may be made by a woman throughout the day to alter her appearance as desired. Alternative embodiments permit lifting as well as inward/outward displacement, and may therefore serve as a minimizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Brandon Solotoff
  • Publication number: 20150072592
    Abstract: A wireless bra (1) comprising a back strap (2), for fastening the wireless bra (1) around the chest, and two at least partially preformed cups (3, 3a, 3b) which are reinforced on the underside thereof and wherein an elastic band (5) connects the left edge (6a) of the left cup (3a) to the right edge (6b) of the right cup (3b). Said wireless bra (1) ensures that the breasts are adequately supported and ensures a good shaping of the breasts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Maya VAN DOOREN
  • Publication number: 20150056890
    Abstract: A bra having a front portion, a back portion, a torso band and a pair of shoulder straps. Areas of the front portion are selectively provided with an inner ply, an outer ply, and an intermediate fabric ply. The intermediate fabric ply is formed of a relatively supportive material and is configured to be positioned along the top and lateral sides of a wearer's breasts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Karen J. Black, Jewel L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8961263
    Abstract: A sleeve material retaining loop is attached to or looped around a strap of a brassiere to retain gathered sleeve material or other items. One end of the sleeve material retaining loop extends out of the neck hole of the outer garment, and another end of the loop extends out of the arm hole of the sleeve above the shoulder of the wearer. The first and second ends of the sleeve material retaining loop are attached at the shoulder of the wearer to retain the sleeve. This helps prevent the sleeve from interfering with the wearer's movement and improves evaporative cooling of the wearer. A sleeve retaining loop storing mechanism stores the loop. Each sleeve retaining loop may be formed of separate interchangeable pieces that are attached to the brassiere. An additional piece of clothing may also be secured to a fastener on the brassiere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Activ Loops LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Magliocchetti
  • Publication number: 20150032068
    Abstract: A modular and highly adaptable and adjustable compression garment system is provided. The system can include a garment body portion, shoulder strap portions, side portions, a back portion, and one or more modular strap adjustment systems. The garment body portion can include attachment substrates, rail devices, loop devices, and like attachment configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Janice Trane Jones
  • Patent number: 8932103
    Abstract: A breast-supportive and breast-positioning brassiere designed to be used postoperatively by patients including obese patients and fuller-sized women who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery that requires a mid-sternal incision (sternotomy). The brassiere is also for other interventions in the thoracic region, when a comfortable and efficient individual positioning and support of the breast(s) would be desirable; an example being to prevent symmastia after breast augmentation surgery. The brassiere prevents gravitation of the breast tissue to the lateral sides, keeps the breast tissue away from the mid center, and supports the weight of the breasts. The brassiere is designed to promote less pain, less wound complications, esthetically improved wound healing, less heat generation, improved wound inspection and access for wound care, while maintaining support and dignity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Doris Hjorth Hansen
  • Patent number: 8932104
    Abstract: A one piece sports bra with a maximally adjustable back strap and two maximally adjustable shoulder straps of substantially elastic hook and loop material. The back straps can be attached to hardware atop breast two covers and worn in a crisscross or conventional pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Sara Marie Moylan
  • Publication number: 20150004877
    Abstract: An adjustable bra is provided permitting the wearer to adjust how the bra provides support to the wearer. The bra includes at least one shoulder strap and a rear band. Attachment of the shoulder strap to the rear band can be configured at a plurality of positions along the rear band. The bra can include a second shoulder strap also configured to attach at a plurality of positions along the rear band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Thereasa Bailey, R.C. Bailey
  • Publication number: 20140357157
    Abstract: A brassiere pad (100) is disclosed which includes an outer layer (102) and an inner layer (104) fixedly engaged with each other. The outer layer and the inner layer are separate from each other at or along at least one peripheral portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Clover Mystique Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwan Yin YIP
  • Patent number: 8887315
    Abstract: The orthopedic support garment includes a garment body made of stretchable fabric and configured to be worn in a form-fitting manner on the upper body of a wearer. The garment body has a front body portion, a rear body portion joined to the front body portion, and right and left sleeve portions attached to the front and rear body portions. Also provided is at least one tensor band laid out along one of the front and rear body portions in a manner intended to substantially correspond to at least one of the fascial lines extending along the upper body of the wearer. When the garment is worn by the wearer, the at least one tensor band may be placed in tension so as to provide proprioceptive feedback to the wearer during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Erin Lynn Boynton
  • Patent number: 8869314
    Abstract: A covering device for attachment around a bra-strap having three panels, wherein the panels are substantially the same length as the strap length and at least as wide as the strap width, and wherein the two side panels having complementary pairs of fastening devices to secure the side panels around the bra-strap, thereby securing the bra-strap between the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Perteh
    Inventors: Beverly Diana Peper, Vicki Lynn Conteh
  • Publication number: 20140287652
    Abstract: To provide a brassiere with an excellent effect of reducing motion of the breasts during movement, or in other words, excellent vibration resistance, and preferably a brassiere that also has excellent beauty appearance and comfort. The brassiere comprises a pair of cup sections, a joint linking together the front center sides of the cup sections, wing sections, and straps whose edges are connected to the pair of cup sections and the wing sections, and having an anti-vibration section at a specific location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Junko Deguchi, Yasushi Minari, Yuji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8827766
    Abstract: A bra fastener assembly that includes at least two fasteners each attached to the shoulder straps at corresponding distances through a positioning element; between the two fasteners there is a detachable connective element; the positioning element includes the shoulder strap opening in the fastener, the shoulder strap opening includes the positioning element to fix in position the fastener on the shoulder strap, the positioning element includes the first pin within the shoulder strap opening. Through the element the two fasteners can be fixed in position on the bra shoulder strap, at the same time the two fasteners can detach or connect, when connected the fasteners secure the shoulder straps so they stay in the set position, keeping the distance between the shoulder straps fixed, thus preventing the shoulder straps from slipping and the fastener is interchangeable. Different positioning elements for the bra fastener assembly are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Chi Wing Leslie Lin
  • Publication number: 20140249518
    Abstract: A radiation treatment bra is disclosed. In the illustrative embodiment, the bra includes adjustable elements and a medial window. During radiation treatment planning, the elements are adjusted to establish a reference breast geometry. The reference breast geometry is reproduced prior to an actual treatment session by repeating the original adjustment of the elements, as necessary. The medial window enables a light field to be projected onto the patient's chest, and read therefrom, thereby establishing proper alignment of the patient to the radiation treatment machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Elizabeth Chabner Thompson
  • Patent number: 8808058
    Abstract: A decorative strap cover that is fastened to a strap on an article of clothing that may cover a portion of a bra, a dress, lingerie, shirt, tank top, halter top, pants, belt loops or belt and may provide a decorative compartment. The decorative strap cover may be worn as a single component or combined with others as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Strap Appeal
    Inventor: Myra J. Crouch
  • Patent number: 8790154
    Abstract: A post-operative compression bra (1) having an opening located between two portions, a front right portion (2) and a front left portion (3) that are secured together using strap clips (9) that allow pressure being exerted by the bra on a patient to be adjusted. Rounded notches (19) are located on an upper edge (17) of a right side portion (12) and a left side portion (13) to prevent the side portions from coming into contact with a patient's lymph nodes. The side portions and a rear portion (20) may also be partially constructed out of a mesh material to allow for air flow to the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Lea M. Blackwell
  • Bra
    Patent number: 8758082
    Abstract: In one aspect a bra is provided, and includes a pair of cups that are self-supporting, a strap connected to each cup, a bridge connecting the inboard ends of each cup, and a band extending from the outboard end of each cup and configured to extend around the back of a wearer of the bra. Each cup is foldable along a fold line between an unfolded position wherein the cup covers a nipple of the wearer and a folded position wherein the cup exposes the nipple of the wearer, wherein, when the bra is worn by the wearer, each cup is stable in both the unfolded position and the folded position. In another embodiment a bra is provided with cups that are stable in both the folded and unfolded positions wherein the cups are not self supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Nadine Woods
  • Publication number: 20140162531
    Abstract: A functional garment comprises a first breast cup and a first cross strap, two opposite ends of which are attached to the inner and outer edges of the first breast cup, respectively. The functional garment can be used to simultaneously provide both orthopedic and breast augmentation benefits. A plurality of countervailing forces simultaneously provide force on the shoulders, to bring them back and/or the shoulder blades closer together, and the breasts, to bring them closer together and/or lift them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Sergei Mazourik, Oksana Mazourik
  • Patent number: 8740666
    Abstract: A method, system, and kit for securing an undergarment strap to an outer garment with a decorative article. The decorative article includes an ornament and first and second stud members extending generally in first and second directions from the ornament and terminating in first and second stud ends. The method includes moving the decorative article in first and second directions to penetrate the surface of the outer garment with the first and second stud members, and continuing to move the decorative article generally in the first and second directions to penetrate the surface of the undergarment strap with the first and second stud members, thereby securing the undergarment strap to the outer garment by the decorative article. The kit includes a container including at least one article of jewelry including first and second stud members, an elongated base member including first and second apertures, and a plurality of protective covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Judith Ann Slusher
  • Publication number: 20140134922
    Abstract: An upper body undergarment with two wide strap or garment style shoulders connected to a full-support bra at two front points. The straps may be made from any suitable material, and is widest at the points of attachment to the bra, in this case the front of the subject embodiment where it is stitched directly to the cups, or made removable as per the description of the back ends of the straps. The straps then taper towards the apex of the shoulders to fit the width of a wearer's shoulders. The cups of the brassiere can be of any method or material generally employed in the art of support bra construction. The side panels of the brassiere connect from the outer sides of the cups around to the back of the wearer, and also serve as the means for connecting the wide strap or garment style shoulders. Restickable or repositionable adhesive is used to create adjustment, fastening, or closure, or removable or other attachment in the undergarment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Carol A. Hearty
  • Patent number: 8708773
    Abstract: An anomaly-correcting brassiere of assumed positions of asymmetrical bosoms using interconnecting patches of loops and hooks for shoulder straps constituted as closed loops and non-elastic construction material to maintain symmetrical and obviate asymmetrical bosom conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Claudia Afxentiou
  • Publication number: 20140087626
    Abstract: An improvement in a brassiere is described providing a backside having an “X” interconnection with a stabilizing “X” connector which improves the comfort of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Diane Dalton
  • Patent number: 8668551
    Abstract: A clasp has front and rear faces, an exterior periphery and an interior opening. The interior opening has upper and lower bearing surfaces. The clasp has joining surfaces coupling the bearing surfaces. A slot is formed in each clasp. The slot extends between the exterior periphery and a joining surface. Each slot has a width to allow loops of strap sections to pass through the slot between an operative orientation and an inoperative orientation. The operative orientation couples the strap sections with portions of the loops within the interior opening of the clasp in contact with the bearing surfaces. The inoperative orientation positions the strap sections exterior of the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer L. Folino
  • Publication number: 20140051330
    Abstract: A comfortable bone-affixing structure for underwear is provided to reduce pressure and discomfort imposed to wearers by the underwear's boning members such as metal wires and plastic bones. The comfortable bone-affixing structure includes a continuous flexible tube made of fabric and a cushion fixedly attached to a channel portion of the flexible tube when the flexible tube is a single layer tube or to one of layers of the flexible tube when the flexible tube has a multi-layer scroll-like vertical section. In the bone-affixing structure, the boning member is received in a space that is within the flexible tube and adjacent to or separated from the cushion. With the cushion that separates the boning member from the wearer's skin, the pressure and discomfort imposed to the wearer by the boning member can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicants: McFashion International Ltd., Taiwan Utax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mei Huei LIN
  • Patent number: 8631515
    Abstract: Swim tops having a friction locking cord adjustment system are described. The swim top may have a pair of friction locking adjustment terminal ends. Each friction locking adjustment terminal end may be secured to an end of one of a pair of neck cords of the swim top. The friction locking adjustment terminal ends may be slidably affixed to the opposing neck cord of the swim top to permit the fit of the top to be adjusted. The friction locking adjustment terminal ends may be comprised of adjustment buckles or slidable knots. Adjustment buckles may include two or more silicone coated pads having holes for threading the cords of the swim top. A friction enhancing pattern may be proximate to the holes of the adjustment buckles. The friction enhancing pattern may engage the cord passing through that hole when the swim top is worn to enhance the secure fit of the swim top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheilah A. Van Sisseren, Andrea J. Staub, Tory M. Cross
  • Publication number: 20130303050
    Abstract: An imperceptible undergarment fabricated from a transparent material or a skin tone colored material. The clandestine material creates an illusion whereby the undergarment is not easily visible to onlookers. This discretionary look may be beneficial when a wearer is wearing low cut or minimal outer garments that do not fully cover the undergarment. Numerous straps, fasteners, and adjustment clasps provide myriad options for the wearer to adjust the imperceptible undergarment for a proper fit, and to further conceal the undergarment. The imperceptible undergarment may also be fabricated from a clear plastic or breathable fabric that is efficacious in dissipating heat and providing outlets for sweat in areas of high heat generation, such as the breast, the buttocks, and the groin area. A plurality of apertures, thin webbings, or pin holes strategically positioned throughout the imperceptible undergarment provides release points for the heat and sweat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Lynnae Jackson
  • Publication number: 20130288569
    Abstract: A bra comprises a pocket in a wing of the bra; the pocket may be made from the wing components or may be a separate structure; the pocket may comprise a closure, such as a zipper; the bra may comprise a high-tack material to prevent slipping of the bra when items are in the pocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: JOEYBRA, INC.
    Inventors: Mariah GENTRY, Kyle BARTLOW
  • Patent number: 8540549
    Abstract: A brassiere having at least one breast supporting cup where at least one breast-supporting cup has a frontal opening to expose the breast is disclosed. The breast-supporting cup includes a panel/flap that covers the opening and a part of which is releasably attachable to the shoulder strap of the brassiere when closing the opening so that on release the opening may be uncovered. The panel/flap is releasably attachable to the shoulder strap by a clasp on the shoulder strap that is movable up and down the shoulder strap to a selected position and has a clamping part so that it may be clamped at the selected position, thereby providing adjustment of the breast-supporting cup. The clasp incorporates a co-operative engagement device thereon for the releasable attachment of the panel/flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lorna Drew Ltd.
    Inventor: Lorna Drew
  • Publication number: 20130237124
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment includes a brassiere formed out of a transparent material that can provide a desired level of support and comfort while being worn with a bathing suit or any other desired article of clothing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Kimberly HALL
  • Publication number: 20130205464
    Abstract: A garment for supporting a wearer's breasts has a band for encircling a wearer's torso and a pair of cups for receiving at least a major part of a wearer's breast, and a pair of shoulder straps, each shoulder strap extending from a corresponding cup to a back portion of the garment. The garment has a pair of panel portions, each panel portion extending between the band and a corresponding cup of the pair of cups. Each panel portion has a folding portion that is foldable relative to the pair of cups so that the folding portions lie between a wearer's breasts and a wearer's torso, in use. The band, the shoulder straps and the panel portions are arranged such that the weight of a wearer's breasts are supported by both the shoulder straps and the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: MK Girl, Limited
    Inventors: Kylie Margaret Gibbard, Darrell John Stratton
  • Patent number: 8469772
    Abstract: A decorative strap cover that is fastened to a strap on an article of clothing that may cover a portion of a bra, a dress, lingerie, shirt, tank top, halter top, pants, belt loops or belt and may provide a decorative compartment. The decorative strap cover may be worn as a single component or combined with others as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Myra J. Crouch
  • Patent number: 8439722
    Abstract: A brassiere garment and associated method for dressing is provided contemplating a strap that is operably trained around a user's back and sides, a cup attached at each end of the strap, and an adjustable attachment feature connecting the cups together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Susan Buriak
  • Patent number: 8425274
    Abstract: A sectional bra system and accessories includes bra and related jewelry components that can be interconnected in various ways. Jewelry items, such as bra straps, back bands, bridge, and other items, may be formed at least in part from alternating flexible chain segments and rigid connector segments with fasteners configured to attach to standard bra loops. Bra cups for sectional bras include various arrangements of standard bra loops allowing attachment of one or more bra straps, one or more back bands, a bridge, and alternatively other decorative items. Such bra cups may include standard bra loops along all edges. Coordinating jewelry may be made out of the same or similar types of components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Susan J. Ratcliff
  • Publication number: 20130084776
    Abstract: A brassiere strap system is provided. The bra includes a left breast cup and a right breast cup. Next, a left side strap is provided that includes at least two intertwined strips next to the left breast cup and a right side strap including at least two intertwined strips next to the right breast cup. The left side strap is coupled between a left breast cup connection on a left side of the left breast cup and one of a plurality of adjustable left side connections. The right side strap is coupled between a right breast cup connection on the right breast cup and one of a plurality of adjustable right side connections. The left strap and the right strap include a backing surface and a decorative strap surface on top of each other, where the backing surface is made of a durable and contouring material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Sandra Walsh
  • Publication number: 20130084777
    Abstract: A sports brassiere designed for reducing tan lines is disclosed. The sports brassiere includes an exterior front panel comprising a micromesh fabric substantially transparent to ultraviolet light, wherein the exterior front panel is shaped to include two shoulder straps and two side seams, and an interior front panel including an opaque, moisture-wicking fabric having a height limited to covering breasts, wherein the interior front panel is coupled to an interior face of the exterior front panel via stitching running along a top edge of the interior front panel. The sports brassiere further includes an exterior rear panel of micromesh fabric coupled to the exterior front panel via a set of seams located at the shoulder straps and side seams and an elastic band coupled to a bottom edge of the exterior front and rear panels, and a bottom edge of the interior front panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Naked Sports Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Naked Sports Gear, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8408964
    Abstract: The invention includes a girth reducing device including a connector, an extension affixed to the connector and fasteners affixed to the extension. The connector may connect to a back band of a bra assembly and the fasteners affixed to the extension may connect to another back band of the bra assembly. The connections may be made in a manner that allows for a reduced girth of the bra from a smallest girth possible utilizing existing coupling systems of the bra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Ricky J. Acker, Dixie L. Telisak
  • Publication number: 20130035018
    Abstract: A bra member having top and bottom engageable panels with an inner core therebetween, the top and bottom panels comprising a woven fabric having radially aligned reinforcing threads, first and second engageable straps that are adapted to engage a bra strap, and a resilient core material disposed in the member inner core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Cheryl Broussard
  • Publication number: 20130035019
    Abstract: A bra to be worn during vigorous physical activity. It provides the wearer with a high level of breast tissue support without undue restriction of breathing or shoulder movement, while providing means for ventilation and moisture management. The bra is underwire-free, and designed to be worn as outerwear. The bra achieves these objectives through the innovative combination of various non-stretch and stretch fabrics. The non-stretch portions of the garment provide a high level of compression and stability to the breast tissue, while the multiple regions of stretch fabric minimise breathing and shoulder restrictions and provide ventilation. Non-stretch wicking fabric is used to form the majority of the body of the bra, and is used to pull the breast tissue in and hold it firmly to the chest. This non-stretch fabric is connected to panels of stretch wicking fabric located in the front and back of the body of the bra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Cynthia A. Smith
  • Patent number: 8366511
    Abstract: Garment supporting apparatus for a breast covering garment, comprising a flexible strap and a decorative attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Lucy Morello