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This patent application claims priority under 35 USC 119(e) (1) from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/340,092 filed Mar. 11, 2010, of common inventorship herewith entitled, “Bank Undergarments.”
The present invention pertains to the field of undergarment devices, and more specifically to the field of undergarment concealed storage devices.
The prior art has put forth several designs for undergarment concealed storage devices. Among these are:
U.S. Pat. No. 6,434,751 to Jamie K. Gustafson, et al., describes a novelty tank top derived from a man's undergarment. The inverted undergarment is worn over the upper torso of the wearer. The novelty tank top has an anterior pocket for carrying small items and a spandex liner that improves the function of the tank top.
U.S. Pat. No. 7,231,672 to Gwen Vanessa Thomas describes an undergarment in the form of boxer shorts which includes a concealed inside pocket on the front panel for holding valuables and other items such as, but not limited to, a credit card, a membership or I.D. card, paper and coin currency and keys.
US Pat. Application Design D553,826 to Dallas Austin illustrates an ornamental design for the font surface of an undergarment with a pocket.
None of these prior art references describe the present invention.
It is an object of the present invention to provide an undergarment concealed storage device.
FIG. 1 is an elevational angled perspective view of the device of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is an elevational view of another embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is an elevational view of another embodiment of the present invention.
The present invention, hereinafter referred as the Bank Undergarments, is an entire line of undergarments for wear by men and women including panties, bras, T-shirts, boxers and briefs, with each garment from the line featuring discreetly hidden storage pockets incorporated into their design. Designed to provide consumers a hands free means of storing identification cards, credit cards, money or other small accessories without requiring the use of an easily pick pocketed wallet or purse, the Bank Undergarments line is produced in a range of sizes to accommodate females and males of a variety of statures and heights. The undergarments of the present invention are similar in design and function to traditional undergarments, with the added enhancement of the aforementioned pockets. For instance, bras from the Bank Undergarments line are comprised of two, lightly padded breast cups which are held in place via two, adjustable shoulder straps. These bras feature a snap-front closure, or in another embodiment, are secured about the wearer's body via a series of hook closures, positioned on the back of the bra. Additionally, the Bank Undergarments bras are produced in a wide array of styles including but not limited to sexy lace push-up bras, breathable cotton sports bras, gently padded maximizes and reinforced support bras for plus-sized women. Panties from the line feature cushiony soft and stretchy elastic waist bands and reinforced leg openings. Styles include simple briefs, to sexy bikini and thong versions. In the case of Bank Undergarments for wear by men, this line includes soft T-shirts produced in tank, short sleeve and long sleeve versions. Underwear includes boxers, briefs and boxer-briefs, to name a few options. Comfortable and attractive, the Bank Undergarments are manufactured from a variety of material including soft cotton, silk and satin. As can be imagined, color, material and design considerations for The Bank Undergarments are virtually limitless. The most notable aspect of The Bank Undergarments however, and that which sets this product line apart from other undergarments on the market, is found in the integrated storage pockets. Located within each cup of the Bank Undergarment bra, the breast panel of T-shirts and either hip of panties or underwear is a compact storage pocket. Square or rectangular in shape, this pocket is hidden flush against the fabric of the garment and is sized appropriately to accommodate a credit card or driver's license. Providing ample, yet safe storage, these pockets feature a self affixing closure, which runs the length of the pocket opening.
Use of The Bank Undergarments is fairly simple and straight forward. First, the consumer purchases undergarments from the line in accordance to desired style, material and size. For instance, a female purchases a Bank Undergarment bra in accordance to her cup size and frame, while a male consumer purchases boxer briefs in the desired size and material. After the proper size and design is chosen, the wearer simply dons their Bank Undergarment as any other line of underwear. In order to access one of the two storage pockets, the user simply slides their index finger beneath their clothing and into the pocket, opening the self affixing closures, which run the length of each pocket. Next, the user simply tucks their money into the pocket, resealing the pocket by running their finger outside the closure, securing the closure shut. After wear, the user simply removes the Bank Undergarments and launders as needed.
There are many benefits and advantages associated with The Bank Undergarments. Foremost, this innovative product design provides consumers a simple and safe means of storing money within their undergarments. Eliminating the need to carry a purse or a wallet, the Bank Undergarments offers consumers a hands-free alternative to other methods of storage. Providing two, ample pockets in which to store cash and sealed safely shut via self affixing closures, use of the Bank Undergarments ensures that stored money never shifts positions in the undergarment during wear. Because of this important advantage, those who wear the Bank Undergarments rest assured that they never have to dig through their bra or boxers, simply in order to locate a few stored dollars. Most importantly, because, these integrated storage wallets securely contain money within the garment, use of the Bank Undergarments ensures that stored money never falls out or becomes lost. Another important advantage to the Bank Undergarments is that these storage pockets rest flush inside the garment, providing storage that is both safe and discreet. Although designed specifically to store cash, the Bank Undergarments is also utilized to store credit cards, a driver's license or identification cards, as well as a myriad of small items, with ease. Keeping valuables out of sight and reach of pick pockets and thieves, the Bank Undergarments are a practical product which offers a simple means of protecting personal property. More than a mere storage device, The Bank Undergarments also provide fully functioning undergarments. Offering excellent support and superior comfort, the Bank Undergarments provide consumers a much valued accessory item. Ideal for men and women of all shapes and sizes, the Bank Undergarments is manufactured in a variety of attractive designs and colors that appeal to a broad range of consumers.
The Bank Undergarments is a cleverly designed product invention that offers consumers a unique storage tool and comfortable undergarment, in one practical product. Enabling consumers to store a variety of goods in a safe and discreet manner, this attractive line of bras, panties and underwear proves an invaluable accessory for any consumer.
Although this invention has been described with respect to specific embodiments, it is not intended to be limited thereto and various modifications which will become apparent to the person of ordinary skill in the art are intended to fall within the spirit and scope of the invention as described herein taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and the appended claims.