Title:
Packaging arrangement for shirts and the like
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like, comprising a sheet-like element (1) having, in a median portion, a folding region (2) for separating a back portion (4) and a front portion (5), which can be folded onto the back portion (4) in order to form the region for containing a shirt (10) and the like. Elements (11) for supporting and reinforcing the shirt (10) and the like are formed monolithically with the sheet-like element (1).



Inventors:
Rucco, Ambrogio (Milano, IT)
Application Number:
10/432031
Publication Date:
02/12/2004
Filing Date:
05/19/2003
Assignee:
RUCCO AMBROGIO
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
229/87.17
International Classes:
B65D85/18; (IPC1-7): B65D85/18; B65D75/00
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Primary Examiner:
MAI, TRI M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Modiano & Associati (Milano, IT)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like, characterized in that it comprises a sheet-like element having, in a median portion, a folding region for forming a back portion and a front portion, which can be folded onto said back portion in order to form the region for containing a shirt and the like, elements for supporting said shirt and the like being formed monolithically with said sheet-like element.

2. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 1, characterized in that said folding region is formed by a plurality of folding lines that form an accordion-like region.

3. The simplified packaging arrangement according to the preceding claims, characterized in that said supporting elements are provided at the end of said front portion.

4. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said supporting elements are constituted by flaps formed in a cutout of one end of said front portion, said flaps being insertable below the collar of the shirt.

5. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises elements for joining said back portion and said front portion.

6. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said connection elements are formed at the lateral edges.

7. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said connection elements are constituted by press-studs.

8. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said connection elements are constituted by a tab, which is provided on one portion and can be inserted in a slit formed in the other portion.

9. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said connection elements are constituted by an elastic element that is fixed, at its ends, to said back portion and is suitable, in the closure position, to wrap around said front portion.

10. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said connection elements are constituted by portions of hook-and-loop tape which are connected respectively to said back portion and said front portion.

11. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises an element for covering the collar of the shirt, said element being connected to said back portion.

12. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that said covering element has lugs that can be inserted in slits formed correspondingly in said front portion.

13. The simplified packaging arrangement according to one or more of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises, between said back portion and said covering element, a slit for the connection of hanging means.

14. A simplified packaging arrangement particularlv for shirts and the like, comprising a sheet-like element having, in a median portion, a folding region for forming a back portion and a front portion, which can be folded onto said back portion in order to form the region for containing a shirt and the like, elements for supporting said shirt and the like being formed monolithically with said sheet-like element.

15. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 14, wherein said folding region is formed by a plurality of folding lines that form an accordion-like region.

16. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 14, wherein said supporting elements are provided at the end of said front portion.

17. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 16, wherein said supporting elements are constituted by flaps formed in a cutout of one end of said front portion, said flaps being insertable below the collar of the shirt.

18. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 17, further comprising elements for connecting said back portion and said front portion.

19. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 18, wherein said connection elements are formed at the lateral edges.

20. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 18, wherein said connection elements are constituted by press-studs.

21. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 18, wherein said connection elements are constituted by a tab, which is provided on one portion and can be inserted in a slit formed in the other portion.

22. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 18, wherein said connection elements are constituted by an elastic element that is fixed, at its ends, to said back portion and is suitable, in the closure position, to wrap around said front portion.

23. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 18, wherein said connection elements are constituted by portions of hook-and-loop tape which are connected respectively to said back portion and said front portion.

24. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 18, further comprising an element for covering the collar of the shirt, said element being connected to said back portion.

25. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 24, wherein said covering element has lugs that can be inserted in slits formed correspondingly in said front portion.

26. The simplified packaging arrangement according to claim 24, further comprising, between said back portion and said covering element, a slit for the connection of hanging means.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like.

[0002] It is known that shirts are currently packaged by inserting the shirt in an envelope-like container; the shirt is in practice folded over an internal stiffening element, then supports for the neck and the like, constituted by separate elements, are fitted, and optionally the shirt is then placed inside a cardboard or cellophane box.

[0003] This type of packaging is quite expensive, since it requires the use of a plurality of separate elements and also does not allow quick packaging of the shirt owing to the stiffening element, which must be arranged inside the shirt and constitutes a separate element.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The aim of the invention is to solve the above noted problems, by providing a simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like, which allows to package the shirt with a single element that provides both shirt containment and shirt shaping.

[0005] Within this aim, a particular object of the invention is to provide a simplified packaging arrangement that allows to reduce shirt packaging times significantly yet leads to precise positioning of the shirt and to adequate protection thereof.

[0006] Another object of the present invention is to provide a simplified packaging arrangement which, by way of its particular constructive characteristics, is capable of giving the greatest assurances of reliability and safety in use.

[0007] Another object of the present invention is to provide a simplified packaging arrangement that can be obtained easily starting from commonly commercially available elements and materials and is also competitive from a merely economic standpoint.

[0008] This aim and these and other objects that will become better apparent hereinafter are achieved by a simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like, according to the invention, characterized in that it comprises a sheet-like element having, in a median portion, a folding region for forming a back portion and a front portion, which can be folded onto said back portion in order to form the region for containing a shirt and the like, elements for supporting said shirt and the like being formed monolithically with said sheet-like element.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0009] Further characteristics and advantages will become better apparent from the detailed description of a simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like, illustrated only by way of non-limitative example in the accompanying drawings, wherein:

[0010] FIG. 1 is a view of the packaging arrangement according to the invention in the flattened position;

[0011] FIG. 2 is a view of the packaging arrangement during the insertion of the shirt;

[0012] FIG. 3 is a view of the packaging arrangement in the closed position;

[0013] FIG. 4 is a sectional view, taken along the line IV-IV of FIG. 2;

[0014] FIG. 5 is a sectional view, taken along the line V-V of FIG. 3.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0015] With reference to the figures, the simplified packaging arrangement particularly for shirts and the like, according to the invention, comprises a sheet-like element, generally designated by the reference numeral 1, which can be made of plastics, cardboard, cellophane and other elements in sheet form normally used to package products.

[0016] The sheet-like element 1 forms, in a median portion, a folding region, generally designated by the reference numeral 2, which is provided by means of a plurality of folding lines 3, which constitute an accordion-like region.

[0017] The folding region 2 in practice separates a back portion 4 and a front portion 5, which can be folded onto the back portion 4 and can be connected thereto by means of detachable connection elements described hereinafter.

[0018] The front portion 5, folded onto the back portion 4, provides the containment region for a shirt and the like, generally designated by the reference numeral 10, which is accommodated in the containment region and is retained by means of supporting elements, which are provided by means of flaps 11 formed monolithically with the front portion inside a cutout 12 where the collar 10a of the shirt is accommodated.

[0019] In this manner, the reinforcement elements that are inserted under the collar in order to keep it in shape and retain the shirt in position are provided directly.

[0020] The connection elements, as shown in FIG. 2, can be constituted by snap-acting locking elements, such as press-studs or the like, designated by the reference numeral 20, or optionally can be provided, as shown in FIG. 3, by means of a tab 21 that is inserted under a slit 22 provided correspondingly on the opposite portion.

[0021] Furthermore, the connection means can be constituted by an elastic band, which is connected, at its ends, to the back portion and is capable of surrounding the front portion when closed.

[0022] The press-studs can be replaced with portions of hook-and-loop tape fixed to the back portion and to the front portion.

[0023] Advantageously, it is possible to provide a covering element, designated by the reference numeral 30, on the extension of the back portion 4, said element being provided with lugs 31 which are inserted, during closure, under slits 32 formed in the front portion so as to obtain, as shown in FIG. 3, in practice a cover for the collar 10a of the shirt 10.

[0024] Optionally, it is also possible to provide, between the back portion 4 and the covering element 30, a slit 40 for the insertion of conventional hanging means for the resulting packaging arrangement.

[0025] With the described arrangement, therefore, it is possible, starting from a single sheet-like element, to provide an element for packaging the shirt that is extremely practical and also allows, without using additional elements, to retain and reinforce the shirt, so as to obtain an ideal presentation thereof.

[0026] In practice, the materials used, as well as the contingent shapes and dimensions, may be any according to requirements.

[0027] The disclosures in Italian Utility Model Application No. MI2000U000664, from which this application claims priority, are incorporated herein by reference.