Title:
Comfort Headband
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A headband (10) is provided as a unitary body comprising a top portion (20) and two side portions (30). The side portions (30) include curvilinear ear portions that generally follow a contour behind an ear of a wearer. The top portion (20) may include a non-planar surface that faces the head of the wearer, providing space between the headband and the head of the wearer and allowing the hair of the wearer to “lift” away from may include hinges (42) in the joints between the top portion (20) and side portions (30), allowing the headband to be folded. Other features may be included to provide comfort, convenience, security of fit, or aesthetics. The headband may be comprised of any material, including synthetic or natural such as, but not limited to, an elastomer or foam. The headband may be translucent, transparent, or opaque.



Inventors:
Jagemann, Paula (Frederick, MD, US)
Application Number:
11/577835
Publication Date:
11/20/2008
Filing Date:
10/20/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/171, 132/273
International Classes:
A45D8/00; A42B1/00
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Primary Examiner:
KALACH, BRIANNE E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MYERS BIGEL, P.A. (RALEIGH, NC, US)
Claims:
1. A headband, comprising: a top portion having opposing first and second distal end portions, the top portion having a primary surface that, in position, faces the wearer's head; and first and second elongate side portions, each connected to a respective one of the top portion first and second distal end portions, wherein the first and second elongate side portions include a lower curvilinear ear portion that generally follows a contour behind an ear.

2. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the primary surface that faces the wearer's head is non-planar.

3. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the lower curvilinear ear portion is configured to terminate at a location behind the ear that is below the outer opening of the ear canal.

4. A headband according to claim 3, wherein the lower curvilinear ear portion is configured to bend forward toward the face of the wearer.

5. A headband according to claim 4, wherein below the bend a lower portion of the lower curvilinear ear portion then extends along a generally straight line that angles forward and downward.

6. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the lower curvilinear ear portion is configured to terminate at a location behind the ear that is in positional agreement with the bottom of the ear.

7. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the lower curvilinear ear portion includes a branch that is configured to reside above the ear of the wearer.

8. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the lower curvilinear ear portion of the first and second elongate side portions each includes a channel sized and configured to receive a portion of one leg of a pair of glasses when the wearer concurrently wears the glasses for viewing.

9. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the lower curvilinear portion has an increased thickness region that has additional thickness relative to an adjacent upper portion of the first or second elongate side portions.

10. A headband according to claim 9, wherein the increased thickness region comprises a coating selected to provide increased friction and/or resilient cushion behind the ear of the wearer.

11. A headband according to claim 9, wherein the increased thickness region comprises a sleeve selected to provide increased friction and/or resilient cushion behind the ear of the wearer.

12. A headband according to claim 9, wherein the increased thickness region comprises an external resilient material that encapsulates an outer surface of a portion of the lower curvilinear ear portion of the headband.

13. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the top portion comprises a primary portion intermediate the first and second distal end portions, and wherein the first and second distal end portions are configured to extend downward a distance below the primary portion.

14. A headband according to claim 13, wherein the first and second distal end portions extend generally vertically downward when viewed from the front.

15. A headband according to claim 14, wherein the first and second elongate side portions taper from a first width at a top portion to a second lesser width at a medial and/or bottom portion.

16. A headband according to claim 2, wherein the non-planar surface of the top portion of the headband is defined by a unitary member that is configured to symmetrically rise, when viewed from the front, from the first and second distal end portions, then decline to meet at a medial region.

17. A neadband according to claim 2, wherein, when viewed from the front, the non-planar surface of the top portion that faces the wearer's head is configured with two generally concave side portions that meet at a medial nadir.

18. A headband according to claim 17, wherein, when viewed from the top, the non-planar surface comprises first and second segments that meet at the medial portion and are symmetrical about that medial portion, the first and second segments having a perimeter contour that widens out from the distal end portions and then tapers in to merge at the medial portion.

19. A headband according to claim 19, wherein the first and second segments are opaque.

20. A headband according to claim 18, wherein the first and second segments have a shape and size that simulates a lens shape in a pair of sunglasses.

21. A headband according to claim 2, wherein, when viewed from the front, the non-planar surface of the top portion of the headband is configured with a plurality of upwardly oriented arcuate portions that define a plurality of spaced apart hair-contact regions.

22. A headband according to claim 1, wherein, when viewed from the front, the headband has a shape that is non-arcuate.

23. A headband according to claim 2, wherein the top portion comprises a frame and first and second segments that merge at a generally medial location, wherein the first and second segments extend outwardly away from the frame but taper toward the frame at the generally medial location, and wherein the headband is configured to be worn with the frame facing rearward.

24. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the wearer has a head with a face and hair on a top portion of the head and about sides of the face, and wherein, in position, the headband first and second elongate side portions and/or distal end sides of the face.

25. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the first and second elongate side portions pivotally attach to the top portion.

26. A headband according to claim 25, wherein the first and second elongate side portions are configured to fold toward each other.

27. A headband according to claim 26, wherein the first and second elongate side portions are hinged to a respective one of the opposing distal end portions of the top portion of the headband.

28. A headband according to claim 1, wherein, when viewed from the front, the top portion has a primary body shape with uppermost points, and wherein the first and second elongate side portions are generally orthogonal to a line drawn tangent to the uppermost points of the primary body shape.

29. A headband according to claim 1, wherein, when viewed from the front, the top portion has a primary body shape with uppermost points, and wherein, in position, the first and second elongate side portions are oriented to extend downwardly and toward the other side portion at an angle of between about 45-75 degrees relative to a line drawn tangent to uppermost points of the primary body shape.

30. A headband according to claim 1, further comprising an anti-slip feature on the primary surface.

31. A headband according to claim 1, wherein the top portion of the headband angularly inclines from a lower forward portion to a higher rearward portion when viewed from the side.

32. A headband according to claim 1, further comprising a set of headbands, each having a predetermined different top portion span width, predetermined different thereby provide user selectable headband sizes.

33. A headband according to claim 32, wherein the set of headbands includes a first set of different adult sizes and a second set of different child sizes.

34. A headband, comprising: a top portion having opposing laterally spaced apart first and second distal end portions, the top portion having a primary surface that, in position, faces the wearer's head; and first and second elongate side portions, each connected to a respective one of the top portion first and second distal end portions, wherein the top portion angularly inclines from a lower forward portion to a higher rearward portion when viewed from the side.

35. A headband according to claim 34, wherein the primary surface comprises an anti-slip feature.

36. A headband according to claim 34, wherein the anti-slip feature comprises a anti-slip member with increased friction relative to other portions of the primary surface.

37. A headband according to claim 36, wherein the primary surface that faces the wearer's head is non-planar.

38. A display of headbands comprising: a display stand; and a plurality of different headbands configured and sized to be releasably held by the display stand, the headbands comprising a top portion having laterally opposing first and second distal end portions, the top portion having a non-planar surface that, in position, faces the wearer's head; and first and second elongate side portions, each connected to a respective one of the top portion first and second distal end portions, wherein the first and second the contour behind an ear.

39. A display of headbands according to claim 38, wherein the display stand is configured as an upstanding rotatable display stand configured to releasably hold the headbands in generally aligned vertical columns so that the first and second elongate side portions extend inwardly and the top portions are externally viewable.

40. A display of headbands according to claim 39, wherein the display stand is configured to hold the headbands with the first and second elongate side portions folded against each other and proximate the top portion of the headband.

41. A display of headbands according to claim 39, wherein the headbands are held in the display rack so that the lower curvilinear ear portions extend generally downward.

42. A display of headbands according to claim 38, wherein the top portion angularly inclines from a lower forward portion to a higher rearward portion when viewed from the side.

43. A headband according to claim 38, wherein the primary surface comprises an anti-slip feature.

44. A method of displaying headbands having a top portion with laterally opposing first and second distal end portions and first and second elongate side portions, each connected to a respective one of the top portion first and second distal end portions, placing a plurality of headbands on a display stand so that the side portions of different headbands extend generally horizontally a distance inward into a surface of the display stand and so that the top portion is externally viewable with the headbands arranged in aligned generally vertical columns.

45. A method according to claim 44, further comprising rotating the display stand.

46. A method according to claim 44, wherein the first and second elongate side portions include a lower curvilinear ear portion that is shaped to generally follow the contour behind an ear, and wherein, in position in the display stand, the outermost portion of the curvilinear ear portion faces down.

47. A method according to claim 44, wherein the top portions have a non-planar surface that, in position, faces the wearer's head.

48. A method according to claim 44, wherein the side portions comprise a channel sized to accommodate a respective leg of pair of glasses.

49. A method according to claim 44, wherein the top portion of the headband angularly inclines from a lower forward portion to a higher rearward portion when viewed from the side.

50. A method according to claim 44, wherein the primary surface of the headband comprises an anti-slip feature.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims the benefit of priority of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/628,055, filed Nov. 15, 2004, the content of which is hereby incorporated by reference as if recited in fall herein.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to headbands.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The use of a headband for the purpose of holding a wearer's hair for convenience and/or decoration is well known. A headband may allow a wearer to keep his or her hair back and away from his or her face. Conventional headbands are substantially arcuate, which renders a fit that typically conforms closely to the head of a wearer. It may be desirable to provide a headband that allows for aesthetically pleasing presentation of the hair of the wearer by holding the hair back in a manner that allows the hair to “lift” away from the head.

Conventional headbands may also be relatively uncomfortable for the wearer because the side portions can terminate behind the ears at a tender region of the wearer's head. It may be desirable to provide a headband that is more comfortable for the wearer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of the present invention provide headbands that allow the hair of a wearer to lift away from the head. Further, embodiments of the present invention provide headbands that can include comfort-ear configurations to inhibit discomfort.

Embodiments of the present invention provide headbands that include a top portion and a first and second elongate side portion. The top portion has opposed first and second distal end portions and a surface facing the wearer's head. The elongate side portions are connected to the distal ends of the top portion. The elongate side behind an ear.

The connection between the top portion and the side portions may be a hinged joint or a fixed joint. A hinged joint allows the headband to be folded when not being worn, similar to many sunglasses. The joint may be configured such that the side portions may angle substantially inward toward the wearer's head, thus allowing more space for hair and/or a more secure fit on the wearer.

Headbands of the present invention may include an earband that extends below a medial location of the ear of the wearer and may curve toward the base of the ear. Such an earband advantageously avoids a tender region of the head of the wearer. Alternatively or in addition to this feature, the earband may include a branch that arcs around the top portion of the ear of the wearer. The earband may include a resilient material or sleeve coating that may aid in the comfort of the wearer. Another embodiment provides an earband that has a channel portion in the region through which a portion of a pair of glasses can pass when the wearer dons the pair of glasses over her eyes.

In some embodiments, the headbands of the present invention may be configured for different sizes and shapes of heads, such as for children or other persons.

In some embodiments, the headbands of the present invention may be configured to simulate sunglasses, having the shape and/or appearance of sunglasses but without actual lenses.

Other embodiments of the present invention include display stands for the headbands. The display stands may be rotatable and configured to releasably hold the headbands in a position that makes the top portions externally viewable and allows the elongate side portions to extend inwardly into the display stand. Alternatively, the display stands may be configured to hold the headbands with the first and second elongate end portions folded against each other.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a headband according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a top view of the headband shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a frontal view of the headband shown in FIG. 1; headband in position on a user;

FIG. 5 is a frontal view of the headband shown in FIG. 1 illustrating the headband in position on a user;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a frontal view of the headband shown in FIG. 6 illustrating the headband in position on a user;

FIG. 8 is a partial enlarged perspective view of a hinged and/or pivotal connection between the top portion and side portions of headbands according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a partial enlarged perspective view of a lower side portion of headbands according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 10 is a partial perspective view of another lower side portion of headbands with an upper branch according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of headbands having a curvilinear three-dimensional upper profile according to other embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 12 is a frontal view of the headband shown in FIG. 11 illustrating the headband in position on a user;

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of another headband with lower side portions having increased thickness according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 14 is a frontal view of an embodiment of the present invention configured to accommodate a child.

FIG. 15 is a perspective view of other headbands according to embodiments of the present invention;

FIG. 16 is a side perspective view of another headband configuration according to embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 17 is a top view of the configuration shown in FIG. 16.

FIG. 18 is a side perspective view of another headband configuration according to embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 19 is a top view of the configuration shown in FIG. 18.

FIG. 20 is a perspective view of yet additional headbands that include a channel sized and configured to accommodate legs of glasses being concurrently worn over the eyes; embodiments of the present invention, in which the headbands can be displayed with their side portions extended; and

FIG. 22 is a perspective view of another display stand for headbands according to the present invention, in which the headbands can be displayed with their side portions folded in.

FIG. 23 is a side view of another headband according to embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 24A is a partial side perspective view of a headband with an anti-slip feature according to embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 24B is a bottom view of a headband with an exemplary alternative anti-slip feature according to embodiments of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

The present invention will now be described more fully with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which embodiments of the invention are shown. This invention may, however, be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully convey the scope of the invention to those skilled in the art. Like numbers refer to like elements throughout. It will be appreciated that although discussed with respect to a certain headband embodiment, features or operations of one headband embodiment can apply to others. It will be understood that the possessive “his” or “her” is used only for convenience and no gender limitation is implied thereby.

In the drawings, the thickness of lines, layers, features, components and/or regions may be exaggerated for clarity. It will be understood that when a feature is referred to as being “on” another feature or element, it can be directly on the other element or intervening elements may also be present. In contrast, when an element is referred to as being “directly on” another feature or element, there are no intervening elements present. It will also be understood that, when a feature or element is referred to as being “connected” or “coupled” to another feature or element, it can be directly connected to the other element or intervening elements may be present. In contrast, when a feature or element is referred to as being “directly connected” or “directly coupled” to another element, there are no intervening elements present. FIGS. 1 through 5 illustrate a headband 10 that includes top portion 20 and elongate side portions 30. The headband 10 may have a shape that is non-arcuate. The top portion 20 may include primary surface 20s that faces the head of the wearer. In some embodiments, the primary surface 20s can be a non-planar surface 20s. As shown in FIGS. 3, 5 and 7, in some embodiments, the top portion 20 includes at least one nadir region 22, on either side of which the non-planar surface 20s rises upward and away from the head of the wearer. This configuration may provide more space between the head of the wearer and the surface 20s, which may allow the wearer's hair to be lifted away from the head in an aesthetically pleasing manner. For example, in some embodiments, the outermost portions of the upper surface 20 and the elongate side members 30 can be configured to define a gap space of between about 0.1-0.5 inches, typically between about 0.2-0.3 inches. That is, the outer corner regions defined by the upper edge of the side members 30 and the outermost edges of the upper surface 20s can be configured to reside above the head of the user when in position to provide less compression than conventional headbands.

Also as shown in FIGS. 3, 5 and 7, in some embodiments, the nonplanar surface 20s of the top portion 20 may be configured with two generally concave side portions 20c that meet at a nadir region 22. As shown in FIGS. 1, 2, and 4, the top portion 20 may further be configured such that, when viewed from the top, the generally concave side portions 20c have a perimeter contour that widens out from the distal end portions of the top portion 20 then tapers in to meet at the nadir region 22. The perimeter contour may be symmetrical about the nadir region 22. In this embodiment, as well as in other embodiments, the headband 10 may be configured to simulate the shape of a pair of sunglasses. Specifically, in this embodiment, the side portions 20c may have a size and shape that generally simulates the lenses in a pair of sunglasses. The side portions 20c may be opaque, translucent or have other optical qualities not typical of sunglass lenses.

Another embodiment, in which there are multiple nadir regions 22, is shown in FIGS. 11 and 12. The nonplanar surface 20s in that embodiment, when viewed from the front, is configured with a plurality of upwardly oriented arcuate portions 20a that define a plurality of spaced apart nadir regions 22. Still other embodiments may include multiple nadir regions 22 between which the nonplanar surface 20s is configured differently, such as a substantially “V-shaped” pattern, a substantially “U-combinations thereof, or others.

FIGS. 16 and 17 illustrate a headband 10 with another embodiment of a non-planar surface 20s which is provided by a three-dimensional braid configuration. FIGS. 18 and 19 illustrate that the top portion of the headband 20 can be configured with its widest segment 20w at a medial portion of the headband 10. That is, the top portion 20 can taper from a first width at its outer portions to the widest segment 20w at a center portion (in contrast to a narrower portion such as shown in FIG. 1).

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, in some embodiments, when viewed from the front, the first and second distal end portions 20v of the top portion 20 are configured to extend downward in a generally vertical orientation a distance below the primary portion of the top portion 20. As shown in FIGS. 5 and 7, the elongate side portions 30 and/or generally vertically oriented distal end portions 20v of the top portion 20 may be configured with sufficient length to lift the hair about the sides of the wearer's face.

The elongate side portions 30 may be connected to the top portion 20 via joints 40. In some embodiments, the joint 40 may pivotally attach the top portion 20 to the elongate side portions 30, which may be configured to fold toward each other. As shown in FIGS. 1, 3, 5, 8, and 16, the joints 40 may comprise hinges 42 configured to allow the side portions 30 to swivel in and fold for compact storage when the headband 10 is not being worn. The hinges 42 may comprise a pin, an elastomeric segment, a bearing, an axle, or any other device configuration that permits rotation. A closer view of an exemplary hinge 42 is provided in FIG. 8. The joints 40 may also comprise fixed connections 44, as shown, for example, in FIGS. 6, 7, and 11-15, in embodiments in which it is not needed to allow the elongate side portions 30 to fold.

As shown in FIG. 7, the elongate side portions 30 may angle inward toward the other side portion 30 as the side portions 30 travel down away from the top portion 20. FIG. 7 shows that this may provide more space for the hair of the wearer and may provide a more secure fit. Though FIG. 7 illustrates this feature where the joint 40 is a fixed connection 44, the inwardly angled side portions 30 may be included in conjunction with any type of joint 40. In particular embodiments, such as illustrated in FIG. 7, the angle “θ” formed by the side portions 30 and an between approximately 45 and 75 degrees. In other embodiments, such as illustrated in FIG. 3, when viewed from the front, the elongate side portions 30 are generally orthogonal to a line drawn tangent to the uppermost portions of the primary body shape.

As shown in FIGS. 1, 6, 11, 13 and 16, in some embodiments, the elongate side portions 30 may taper from a first width at a top portion to a lesser width at a medial and/or bottom portion.

In some embodiments, as shown for example in FIG. 1, the side portions 30 can include a curvilinear earband 32. The curvilinear earband 32 can be configured to generally follow the contour about the ear of the user. As shown in FIG. 1, the earband 32 may bend forward toward the face of the wearer. As further shown in FIG. 1, the earband 32 may, below the bend, extend along a generally straight line that angles forward and downward. In other embodiments, the travel of the earband 32 forward and downward below the bend may occur along a curvilinear path.

As shown in FIG. 5, the earband 32 may terminate at a location behind the ear that is below the outer opening of the ear canal of the wearer. The earband 32 may terminate at a region of the wearer's head that is proximate or below the bottom portion of the wearer's ears. The earband 32 may have a cross-sectional thickness that is less than the adjacent portion of the side portion 30. One or more of these features may inhibit the side portions 30 from terminating at or rubbing against a tender portion of the head of the wearer behind the wearer's ears.

Comfort to the wearer may be further provided in an earband 32 that includes a increased thickness region 34, as shown for example in FIG. 13. The increased thickness region 34 has additional thickness relative to an adjacent upper portion of the elongate side portion 30. The increased thickness region 34 may comprise one or more of a coating, a sleeve, a casing, a shell, or simply additional material. The material of the increased thickness region 34 may the same material that comprises the rest of the elongated side portion 30, or it may be a material that has increased resilience relative to the upper regions of the side portion 30. Examples of suitable materials that can be used to form the increased thickness region 34 include, but are not limited to, any type of rubber, elastomer, foam, cloth, or other resilient material.

The increased thickness region 34 need not cover the entire earband 32, as FIG. 15 shows, and may reside only on the face-contacting surface. The increased and/or may be configured to increase the friction of the face-contacting surface to provide an enhanced grip, thus inhibiting slippage between the skin of the wearer and the headband 10. Another feature that may be included and that may aid in the prevention of slippage is the upper branch 36 shown in FIG. 10. The branch 36 resides above the upper portion of the ear of the wearer to provide a more secure fit and prevent slippage.

As shown in FIG. 16, the earband 32 may include a channel 38 sized and configured to receive a portion of one leg of a pair of glasses when the wearer concurrently dons the pair of glasses over her eyes. In other embodiments, the channel 38 may be on the outside edge of the earband 32 instead of on the inside edge as shown. The term “channel” includes openings such as grooves and trenches as well as laterally arched or curved segments that accommodate the leg of the glasses. In yet other embodiments, the channel 38 may travel through the middle of the earband 32 rather than on the inside edge.

Another embodiment of the present invention is a set of headbands 10, each having a predetermined different top portions 20 span width, predetermined different elongate side portion 30 lengths and/or predetermined different other dimensions to thereby provide user selectable headband 10 sizes. A set of headbands 10 may include a first set of different adult sizes and a second set of different child sizes. An example of a headband 10 for a child is shown in FIG. 14.

As shown in FIG. 15, yet another embodiment of the present invention is a headband 10 in which the top portion 20 comprises a frame 20f and first and second segments 23, 24 that merge at a generally medial location 25. The segments 23, 24 are symmetrical about the location 25 when viewed from the top and extend outwardly away from the frame 20f at the distal ends of the top portion 20 but taper toward the frame 20f at the generally medial location 25. The headband 10 is configured to be worn with the frame 20f facing rearward, as shown by the direction of the arrow labeled “F” for forward in FIG. 15. Such a headband 10 may, of course, include a comfort earband 32.

FIG. 23 illustrates that in some embodiments, the headband 10 can be configured to angularly rise from a forward portion toward a rearward portion (typically where the frame resides) to provide an uplift feature. The angle of typically between about 15-20 degrees.

As shown in FIGS. 24A and 24B, in some embodiments, the underside of the primary surface 20s of the headband 10 can be configured with an anti-slip feature 75 that contacts the hair of the wearer. This type of feature may be particularly useful for lightweight headbands 10 to help keep the headband in a desired location on the head of the wearer. The anti-slip feature 75 can be made integral to the headband 10 or formed as a supplemental component. For example, the underside of the headband can be molded with another secondary material having increased friction relative to the primary body material. In other embodiments, the underside can be embossed with an increased friction pattern, abrasively treated, or coated with an anti-friction material. In other embodiments, the anti-slip feature 75 can be provided as an anti-slip member adhesively attached to the underside of the headband 10. The anti-slip member(s) can be a strip or strips of material such as resilient or other increased friction material that may comprise neoprene, an elastomer and/or polymer. In some embodiments, the anti-slip feature 75 can provide a tacky or slightly sticky tactile portion that can promote in-place positioning on the user.

The anti-slip feature 75 can extend across a portion of a forward and/or medial portion of the underside of the headband 10. As shown in FIG. 24A, the anti-slip feature 75 can be an elastomeric member that wraps upward from the underside of the headband 10 about a forward edge portion thereof. FIG. 24B illustrates that the anti-slip feature 75 can be configured to reside only on the underside of the headband 10. Although shown in FIG. 24B as generally following the contour of a medial forward portion of the underside of the headband 10, the anti-slip feature 75 can reside as a generally straight strip along a medial, or even rearward portion of the headband (not shown). In other embodiments, generally the entire undersurface of the primary upper surface of the headband 10 can comprise the anti-slip feature 75 (also not shown). In some embodiments, the underside of the headband 10 can have a discontinuous anti-slip surface, which may be formed by a plurality of spaced apart strips (not shown).

Headbands 10 according to the present invention may be displayed in a display stand 50. As shown for example in FIG. 17, a display stand 50 may be an upstanding rotatable display stand 52 configured to releasably hold the headbands 10 in generally aligned vertical columns 54 so that the elongate side portions 30 extend example in FIG. 18, a display case 50 may be configured with discrete wells 56 to hold the headbands 10 with the elongate side portions 30 folded against each other and proximate the top portion 20 of the headband 10.

The foregoing is illustrative of the present invention and is not to be construed as limiting thereof. Although a few exemplary embodiments of this invention have been described, those skilled in the art will readily appreciate that many modifications are possible in the exemplary embodiments without materially departing from the novel teachings and advantages of this invention. Accordingly, all such modifications are intended to be included within the scope of this invention as defined in the claims. In the claims, means-plus-function clauses, when used, are intended to cover the structures described herein as performing the recited function and not only structural equivalents but also equivalent structures. Therefore, it is to be understood that the foregoing is illustrative of the present invention and is not to be construed as limited to the specific embodiments disclosed, and that modifications to the disclosed embodiments, as well as other embodiments, are intended to be included within the scope of the appended claims. The invention is defined by the following claims, with equivalents of the claims to be included therein.