United States Patent 3811543

A garment bag of the folding type is provided with a flat, hollow, open ended cover, having a pair of major side surfaces. A grip is fixed to each end of the cover, each grip extending along the entire periphery of the end and having a pair of outwardly extending, oppositely disposed handles integrally formed therein. The grips at each end may be locked together in order to close the respective end and, when the bag is folded, the grips of one end may be locked to the grip of the other end to facilitate carrying.

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Primary Class:
Other Classes:
206/278, 383/15, 383/41
International Classes:
B65D33/16; (IPC1-7): B65D3/00
Field of Search:
190/41B,43 206
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US Patent References:
3558039CARRYING BAG1971-01-26Schmidt
2637424Clothing bag1953-05-05Duskin
1912311Garment enveloping bag1933-05-30Saulnier

Primary Examiner:
Norton, Donald F.
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Alexander & Dowell
1. A garment bag of the folding type comprising a flat, hollow, open ended cover having a pair of major side surfaces and a grip fixed to each end of the cover, said grip extending along the entire periphery of the end and having a pair of outwardly extending, oppositely disposed handles

2. A bag according to claim 1 wherein at least one of said grips is centrally porvided with clasp means extending inwardly of said cover for

3. A bag according to claim 2 wherein each grip includes a portion adjacent each of said major side surfaces, said portions including snap-in means for joining together said portions, thereby permitting closure of said

4. A bag according to claim 2 wherein said clasp means includes snap-in means for locking said clasp means in a folded-over condition, the hanger

5. A bag according to claim 1 wherein the grip at one of said ends is provided with snap-in means for cooperation with similar snap-in means in the grip at the other end, thereby permitting locking together of the two ends when the bag is in a folded condition.

The present invention is directed at improvements to garment bags. More particularly, it is directed at improvements in bags that are constructed in such a way that they may be used either for carrying the garment or for protecting it inside a closet, wardrobe or other storage space.

Bags of the type in question consist of a plastic cover having a flat profile. Each end of the bag is provided with a carrying handle, which handles may be joined together in the hand following transversal folding of the bag containing the garment. One end of the cover is left open to permit introduction of the garment on its hanger, while the opposite end is partially closed, there being a short central space for the passage of the hook of the aforementioned hanger, which hook is thus placed between the two carrying handles.

The grips or handles generally consist of a straight reinforcing strip bonded either to only one of the thicknesses or folds of the cover, thus forming the opening, or to both thicknesses or folds at the opposite end. Experience has shown that the plastic cover frequently tears at the extremities of the handles or grips, that is to say, in the zones where it is not reinforced. In addition, there is often tearing along the sides of the free central space provided in the closed end of the cover for the passage of the hanger hook.

The improvements according to the present invention are directed at remedying the aforesaid disadvantages, thereby permitting construction of a bag of the above-mentioned type which meets the various practical requirements especially well.

The bag according to the present invention is characterized by the fact that each grip or reinforcement extends at least along the two straight portions of the periphery of the corresponding end, both ends being open. Each grip or reinforcement is provided with two handles which are located opposite each other, each flat major surface of the bag having a handle associated therewith.

Each grip preferably extends over the entire periphery of each end of the cover, so that the cover is reinforced along the entire length of each of its transversal ends, thereby eliminating any risk of tearing. After the garment is placed inside the bag, the bag is folded transversely so that the four handles are placed side-by-side, thus offering a wide gripping surface for the fingers of the user. It will be noted that the introduction of the garment into the bag is greatly facilitated by the two open ends.

Each grip is further provided with means permitting the closing of the corresponding end of the cover. These means can advantageously comprise snap-in elements provided opposite each other on the two straight portions of each grip. In addition, each grip may be provided with a clasp directed towards the interior of the cover and constructed so as to hold the hanger with the garment in place.

The attached drawing, given as an example, permits a better understanding of the invention, its characteristics and the advantages it may afford. In the drawing:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a bag according to the invention, shown in the normal position inside a storage space.

FIG. 2 is a plan view of the two grips of the bag according to FIG. 1, following transversal folding.

FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of the clasp for holding the hanger hook in place.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the bag in the folded carrying position.

The bag shown in FIG. 1 includes the usual cover 1 of synthetic material, showing a flat profile in cross section. One of the major surfaces of this cover is transparent, while the other major surface is opaque to permit the printing of advertising or other announcements thereon. Each of the ends of this cover 1 is equipped with a grip 2 destined to reinforce that end and to permit the carrying and suspension of the bag containing a garment.

As is more especially shown in FIG. 2, each grip follows the flat profile of the cover 1 so as to extend about the entire periphery of the end considered, the end being thus reinforced and protected without any interruption in continuity. Each grip 2 is of molded plastic material and is attached to the cover by welding or bonding. The two straight portions of each grip 2 have an outwardly extending portion forming a carrying handle 3 and a plurality of outwardly protruding lugs 4 provided opposite each other. Of each pair of oppositely provided lugs, one has a laterally protruding button while the other has a corresponding perforation so as to permit joining thereof in the manner of two snap-in elements. It will be noted that at least one of the lugs 4 on each grip has a button directed towards the opposite grip so as to co-operate with the corresponding lug on the opposite grip. This particular dual purpose lug is referenced as 4' and ensures additional joining of the two straight portions of each grip 2.

One of the two portions of each grip includes a unitary central clasp 5 (FIG. 3) facing inwardly of the cover. This clasp 5 is perforated at 5a adjacent the grip and is provided with an internal button 5b which may be snapped into the aforesaid perforation.

Since the bag is open at its two extremities at the level of the grips 2, it is understood that the garment held by the hanger 6 may be readily introduced into the cover 1, the user pushing the hanger up with one hand from the bottom and pulling it up through the top opening. As indicated in FIG. 1, the hook 7 of the hanger 6 is held by means of the clasp 5 of the upper grip 2, the elements 5a, 5b being in their locked position. The snap-in elements on the lugs 4 of each grip 2 are closed and then the bag containing the garment is transversely folded as shown in FIG. 4. The four handles 3 are thus placed side-by-side, offering a wide gripping surface for the hand of the user. The two grips are joined together by means of the lugs 4' so as to facilitate carrying.

The garment thus packed may be easily transported. It is understood that the bag may later be advantageously used to protect the garment inside a closet or other storage space. When used in this manner, the bag is unfolded and the two handles 3 surrounding the hook 7 are suspended from a rod or other similar support.

It must also be understood that the description which precedes has only been given as an example and that it in no way limits the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.