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Title:
BELTS AND STRAPS EQUIPPED WITH A DEVICE FOR FASTENING THE EXCESS PART
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/021327
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Belts (1, 20, 30), straps or similar items are described, equipped with means adapted to fasten their free end, such means being applicati to the free end of the belts, straps or similar items. The items can be belts for clothing, straps for shoes and leather goods in general, for watches, for costume jewelry or jewelry bracelets, and can be applied in all cases in which it is necessary to fasten the excess part; the means adapted to fasten the free end comprise a retention device (3, 32), applied to a hole (1c, 20c, 30c) of the belt (1, 20, 30), adapted to connect the free end (la, 20a, 30a) of the belt (1, 20, 30) to a part (lb, 20b, 30b) of the belt (1, 20, 30), which adheres to the body of the person who wears it, the retention device (3, 32) being equipped with first means adapted to hook the adhering part (1b, 20b, 30b) of the belt (1, 20, 30), and second means adapted to hook the free end (la, 20a, 30a) of the belt (1, 20, 30).

Inventors:
DI BARTOLO, Maria Cristina (Via Tommaso Grossi 8/A, Como, 22100, IT)
Application Number:
IT2018/000097
Publication Date:
January 31, 2019
Filing Date:
July 09, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MY TOUCHER S.R.L. (Via Tommaso Grossi 8/A, Como, 22100, IT)
International Classes:
A41F9/00; A44B11/00; A44B11/22; A44C5/20
Domestic Patent References:
WO2005006907A12005-01-27
Foreign References:
US1503445A1924-07-29
DE54635C1890-12-10
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GARAVELLI, Paolo (A.Bre.Mar. S.r.l, Via Servais 27, Torino, 10146, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap equipped with means adapted to keep a free end (la 20a, 30a) of the belt (1, 20,

30) or strap adherent to a body of a person who wears the belt or strap, wherein said means comprise a retention device (3, 32) adapted to hook the free end (la, 20a, 30a) to a part (lb, 20b, 30b) of the belt (1, 20, 30) which is tensioned by a buckle (2, 21,

31) , characterized in that the retention device (3,

32) comprises:

• first means adapted to connect the retention device

(3, 32) to a first part of the belt (1, 20, 30);

• second means adapted to hook the retention device

(3, 32) to a second part of the belt (1, 20, 30) . Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to claim 1, characterized in that the first means adapted to connect the retention device (3, 32) to the first part of the belt (1, 20, 30) comprise a screw (7, 45) which is screwed in an element (8, 46) which is inserted into one of the holes (lc, 20c, 30c) of the first part of the belt (1, 20, 30) .

Belt (30) or strap according to claim 1, characterized in that the first means adapted to connect the retention device (32) to the first part of the belt (30) further comprise a first upper fixed end (4) , bent as a hook, which is fastened to an upper edge of the first part of the belt (30) .

Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to claim 2, characterized in that the element (8, 46) is a blind threaded bush and is equipped with a flange (8a, 46a) which is inserted, with its cylindrical part (8b, 46b) into the hole (lc, 20c, 30c) of the belt (1) , the first part of the belt (1, 20, 30) remaining blocked between the flange (8a, 46a) and the screw (7,45) .

Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to claim 2 or 3 , characterized in that the screw (7, 45) or the bush (8, 46) are integral with the body of the retention element (3 , 32 ) .

Belt (1, 20) or strap according to claim 1, characterized in that the second means, adapted to hook the retention device (3) to the second part of the belt (1, 20) , comprise a first upper fixed end

(4) , bent as a hook, and a second lower moving end

(5) , rotatable around a pin (6) , which are respectively fastened to the upper and lower edges of the second part of the belt (1, 20, 30) .

Belt (30) or strap according to claim 1, characterized in that the second means, adapted to hook the retention device (32) to the second part of the belt (30) , comprise a second lower moving end (42) , rotatable around a pin (43) , which embraces the second part of the belt (30) .

Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to claim 5 or 6, characterized in that the lower moving end (5, 42) comprises a part, wherein a hole is obtained to house the pin (6, 43), shaped in order to have a first and a second, mutually perpendicular surfaces (5a, 42a) and (5b, 42b) at a same distance from the axis of the pin (6, 43), the surfaces (5a, 42a) and (5b, 42b) being coupled with a part (9a, 44a) of an elastic element (9, 44) , so that the part (9a, 44a) presses onto one or the other of the surfaces (5a, 42a) , (5b, 42b) , keeping the lower moving end (5, 42) in its closed or open position.

Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to claim 8, characterized in that the elastic element (9, 44) is a small plate kept adherent to the body of the retention device (3) by a pin (10, 45) which is inserted into a suitable hole of the retention device (3, 32), the small plate (9, 44) being bent as a straight angle to form the part (9a, 44a) .

Belt (30) or strap according to claim 1, characterized in that it comprises a buckle (31) equipped with first means adapted to connect the buckle (31) to an end of the belt (30) , and second means adapted to hook a second part of the belt (30) .

11. Belt (30) or strap according to claim 10, characterized in that the first means adapted to connect the buckle (31) to an end of the belt (30) comprise a screw (33) which is screwed in a threaded pin (39) integral with the body of the buckle (31) , the threaded pin (39) being inserted into a hole made next to the end of the belt (30) .

12. Belt (30) or strap according to claim 10, characterized in that the second means adapted to hook the second part of the belt (30) comprise a lower part (34) , bent as a hook, and an upper part

(35) , rotatable around a pin (36) , which are respectively fastened to a lower edge and to an upper edge of the second part of the belt (30) .

13. Belt (30) or strap according to claim 12, characterized in that the upper moving end (35) comprises a part, wherein a hole is obtained to house the pin (36) , shaped in order to have a first and a second, mutually perpendicular surfaces (35a) and (35b at a same distance from the axis of the pin

(36) , the surfaces (35a) and (35b) being coupled with a part (37a) of an elastic element (37) , so that the part (37a) presses onto one or the other of the surfaces (35a) , (35b) , keeping the lower moving end (35) in its closed or open position.

14. Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to any one of claims 1 to 10, characterized in that it has one or more beaks (11, 40), on the moving elements (5, 35), which, delicately pressed against the second part of the belt (1) , enable the stability of the fastening performed by the retention device (3) and the buckle (31) , the pressure being exerted by the elastic element (9, 37) which presses with its bent part (9a, 37a) against the first surface (5a, 35) of the moving element (5 , 35) .

15. Belt (1, 20, 30) or strap according to claim 8, 9, 13 or 14, characterized in that the elastic element (9, 44, 37) is made of harmonic steel.

Description:
BELTS AND STRAPS EQUIPPED WITH A DEVICE FOR FASTENING THE EXCESS PART

The present invention refers to belts, straps or similar items equipped with devices adapted to fasten them around the body of those who wear them, in particular to fasten their free end. The items can be in particular belts for clothing, straps for shoes and leather goods in general, for watches, for costume jewelry or jewelry bracelets, and can be applied in all cases in which it is necessary to fasten the excess part.

In case of fastening the excess part, the problem is solved, according to the prior art, through the use of a passing-through element, namely an element having a squashed annular shape, which is inserted on the belt or strap and wherein also the free end of the belt or strap is passed. However, this solution has inconveniences, since the passing-through element tends to move. If it moves towards the buckle, in practice it does not perform its function any more, while, if it excessively moves on the opposite side, the free end the belt can be taken off. Another prior art sulution, rather more efficient, provides for the use of a particular type of buckle which passes the free end of the belt below the belt itself. This solution is technically valid, but only when the excess part is particularly short. In fact, on the contrary, this excess part could slide upwards or downwards any anyway freely oscillate outwards. However, also when the excess part is particularly short, and therefore this solution is technically valid, it must be taken into account that a belt is an item of clothing and, as such, subjected to the fancy of fashion creators. In other words, a stylist is sacarcely interested in a technically valid solution, which is not in line with his aesthetic canons. Another problem, paradoxally, is that this type of buckle scarcely damages the belt, in particular damages it much less than a common buckle, with the consequence that the belts last a long time and this is negative for the market.

Object of the present invention is solving the above prior art problems, with a belt, strap or the like as claims in claim 1, wherein the belt, strap or the like are equipped with means adapted to keep their free end adherent to the body of the person which wears them; their feature is that these means comprise retention devices, applied to a hole of the belt, adapted to connect the free end of the belt with a part of the belt itself which adheres to the body of the person who wears it, the retention device being equipped with first means adapted to hook the part of the belt, which adheres to the body of the person who wears it, and with second means adapted to hook the free end of the belt .

Preferred embodiments and non-trivial variations of the present invention are the subject matter of the dependent claims.

It is intended that all enclosed claims are an integral part of the present description.

It will be immediately obvious that numerous variations and modifications (for example related to shape, siyes, arrangements and parts with equivalent functionality) can be made to what is described, without departing from the scope of the invention as appears from the enclosed claims.

The present invention will be better described by some preferred embodiments thereof, provided as a non- limiting example, with reference to the enclosed drawings, in which:

Figure 1 shows a belt without retention means of its free end;

Figure 2 shows a belt equipped with a first retention device according to the present invention; Figures 3 and 4 are respectively a perspective view and an exploded view of the first retention device according to the present invention;

Figures 5 and 6 show this first retention device in three orthogonal and, respectively, sectional views; Figure 7 shows a different way of using the first retention device;

Figures 8 (a, b) show a belt equipped with a particular type of buckle and with a second retention device of the invention;

Figures 9 (a, b, c) show this particular type of buckle in section;

Figures 10 (a, b, c) show this second retention device in section.

The described embodiment refers to a belt for clothing and therefore sentences like "adhere to the body of the person who wears it" will be used. In case of other uses (straps for shoes, straps for watches) , the above sentence must be intended as "fastening of the free end on the belt itself" and such meaning must also be intended for the claims.

With reference to Figure 1, (1) designates a belt, equipped with a buckle (2) , whose free end (la) is not kept by any retention means. As clearly appears, this free end (la) is detached from the part (lb) of the belt which adheres to the body of the person who wears it, the part (lb) being kept taut by the buckle (2) .

Figure 2 shoes the same belt (1) , with the same buckle (2) , but with the free end (la) kept in position by a first retention device (3), which is interposed between the free part (la) and the taut part (lb) of the belt which adheres to the body. The first retention device (3) is applied to the belt (1) next to the last of the holes (lc) and comprises means adapted to hook the taut part (lb) which adheres to the body.

Figure 3 is a perspective view of the first retention device (3) , while Figure 4 is an exploded view of the device (3) .

Figure 5 shows with three orthogonal views the first retention device (3) of the invention. This device (3) comprises first means adapted to hook the taut part (lb) of the belt (1) and second means adapted to hook the free part (la) of the belt (1) .

According to a preferred embodiment, these first means, adapted to hook the taut part (lb) of the belt (1) , comprise a upper fixed end (4) bent as a hook, and a lower moving end (5) , of the device (3) , which are fastened to the upper and lower edges of the taut part (lb) of the belt (1) . The lower moving end (5) rotates around a pin (6) configuring a lower end of the device (3) bent as a hook, in order to be fastened to the lower edge of the part (lb) of the belt (1) .

According to a preferred embodiment, the second means, adapted to hook the free part (la) of the belt (1) , comprise a screw (7) which is screwed in an element (8) which is preferably inserted in the last one of the holes (lc) of the free part (la) of the belt (1) . According to a preferred embodiment, the element (8) is a blind threaded bush and is equipped with a flange (8a) ; the cylindrical part (8b) of the bush (8) is inserted in the hole (lc) of the belt (1) , which is thereby blocked between the flange (8a) and the screw (7) .

Figure 6, which shows the first retention device (3) in section, points out the first and second means for hooking the first retention device (3) to the belt (1) . Moreover, Figures 6 (a, b, c) show in a sequence the opening of the lower part (5) to separate the free part (la) from the adhering part (lb) of the belt (1) .

The lower moving end (5) comprises a part, wherein a hole is obtained to house the pin (6) , shaped in order to have a first and a second mutually perpendicular surfaces (5a) and (5b) at a same distance from the axis of the pin (6) . The surfaces (5a) and (5b) are coupled with a part (9a) of an elastic element (9) , so that this part (9a) presses on one or the other of the surfaces (5a) , (5b) , in order to keep the lower moving end (5) in a closed or open position.

According to a preferred embodiment, the elastic element (9) is a small plate made, for example, of harmonic steel and kept adherent to the body of the first retention device (3) by a pin (10) , which is inserted into a suitable hole of the first retention device (3) , the small plate (9) being bent as a straight angle for form the part (9a) .

In Figure 6a, the lower moving end (5) of the first retention device (3) is in a closed position, namely in the suitable position to hook the adhering part (lb) of the belt (1) . In this position, the bent part (9a) of the elastic element (9) presses on the first surface (5a) of the element (5) , keeping it in its closed position. In Figure 6b, the lower moving end (5) is opened to un- constrain the free end (la) of the belt (1) from the adhering part (lb) , this opening being performed by rotating the end (5) as shown by the arrow. Since the two surfaces (5a) and (5b) are perpendicular, the rotation of the end (5) generates a distortion of the elastic element (9) which, with its bent part (9a) , will press against the second surface (5b) (Figure 6c) , keeping the moving end (5) of the first retention device (3) in its opening position . According to a preferred embodiment, the moving end (5) is equipped with a pair of beaks (11) which, delicately pressed against the adhering part (lb) of the belt (1) , enable the stability of the fastening performed by the first retention device (3) , the pressure being exerted by the elastic element (9) which presses with its bent part (9a) against the first surface (5a) of the moving element (5) .

In the described embodiment, the first retention device (3) is fastened to the belt through a screw (7) which is screwed in a flanged threaded bush (8) . Altrernatlively, a threaded pin could be used, welded onto the plane part of the first retention device (3) , on which the flanged threaded bush (8) is screwed, or a screw can be used which is screwed on a cylindrical, internally threaded, bush, which is an integral part of the first retention device (3) .

In other words, the screw (7) or the bush (8) can be made integral with the body of the retention element (3) .

Figure 7 shows a belt (20) equipped with a buckle (21) , of the type which makes the free end (20a) of the belt (20) be placed below the part (20b) which is tensioned by the buckle (21) . Also in this case, like the one shown in Figure 2, the free end (20a) is kept in the correct position by the first retention device (3) , which is interposed between the free part (20a) and the part (20b) of the belt which is tensioned by the buckle (21) . The first retention device (3) is fastened through the screw (7) which is screwed in the element (8) which is inserted in one of the holes (20c) of the taut part (20b) of the belt (20) . The only difference consist in that, in this case, the device (3) is applied onto the taut part (20b) and is fastened to the free part (20a) , while in the case shown in Figure 2, the device (3) is applied to the free part (la) of the belt (1) and is fastened to the adhering part (lb) to the body of the person which wears the belt (1) .

Figures 8 (a, b) show a belt (30) equipped with a buckle (31) and with a second retention device (32) . Figure 8a shows the belt (30) as appears when worn, but before having stopped the free part (30a) against the taut part (30b) , while Figure 8b shows in particular the internal part of the belt (30) in the end to which the buckle (31) is connected through a screw (33) .

The buckle (31) is shown in Figures 9 (a, b, c) and comprises a lower part (34) , bent as a hook, and an upper part (35) , rotatable around a pin (36) .

The upper moving end (35) comprises a part, wherein a hole is obtained to house the pin (36) , shaped in order to have a first and a second, mutually perpendicular surfaces (35a) and (35b) at a same distance from the axis of the pin (36) . The surfaces (35a) and (35b) are coupled with a part (37a) of an elastic element (37) , so that the part (37a) presses on one or the other of the surfaces (35a) , (35b) , in order to keep the upper moving end (35) in its closed or open position.

In the plane part (38) of the buckle (31) , there is a pin (39) , holed and internally threaded, wherein the screw (33) is screwed, with which the buckle (31) is fastened to the belt (30) , after having passed the pin (39) of the buckle (31) in a hole (not visible) obtained at an end of the belt (30) .

Figures 9, (a, b, c) show in a sequenze the closure of the upper part (35) to block the belt (30) , after having adjusted it around the waist, the blocking being enabled by some beaks (40) obtained on the upper moving part (35) .

Figures 10 (a, b, c) show the second retention device (32) . Like the first retention device (3) , it comprises an upper part (41) bent as a hook and a lower part (42) rotatable around a pin (43) and controlled by elastic means (44) . The second retention device (32) is connected to the belt (30) through a screw (45) , which is screwed in a blind threaded bush (46) , equipped with flange (46a) , which is inserted with a cylindrical part (46b) into a hole (30c) made of the free part (30a) of the belt (30) . By applying the second retention device (32) to the free part (30a) of the belt (30) , the moving element (42) allows correctly adhering the free part (30a) of the belt (30) to the taut part (30b) of the belt (30) .

Obviously, both the first (3) and the second (32) retention devices, in addition to the buckle (31), can indifferently be assembled along both possible directions, according to one's own aesthetic taste. The claims will anyway keep the terminology used in the description.