CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional patent application Ser. No. 60/470,886, filed May 16, 2003.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a hand-tied necktie with a hook and loop fastener.
2. Description of Related Art
Neckties have always being an important part of a man's apparel, particularly in the workplace. For simplicity, neckties have been provided with a simple hook and loop fastener to easily attach and remove the necktie without knowing how to actually tie and adjust an actual necktie knot. This type of necktie is typically supported by various inserts within or around the knot formed and is reflected in the related art.
U.S. Des. Pat. No. 318,754 issued to Hughes on Aug. 6, 1991, outlines an ornamental design of a necktie.
U.S. patent application Publication 2001/0042259 published by Paik on Nov. 22, 2001, outlines the use of a necktie that has two strips, and a knotting part and a neck surrounding part formed with the two strips. A detachable part, having a hook part and a pile part of Velcro, respectively attached to opposite ends of the neck surrounding part, is used for setting the necktie around a person's neck. A shape retaining piece, formed with a piece of plastic, is set into the knotting part, for allowing the knotting part to have a convex surface.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,737,917 issued to Orr on Jun. 12, 1973, outlines the use of a necktie so designed that the knot stays tied and allows the portion around the neck, to be unfastened and taken off the neck with the small portion of the tie sliding through the knot, when refastened to adjust the neck portion to the user.
U.S. Pat. No. 3,761,964 issued to Piper on Oct. 2, 1973, outlines the use of a necktie having a simulated knot, which includes a contoured form for providing the knot where the simulated knot is formed directly from the necktie itself in cooperation with the contoured form, the necktie being fastened about the form along the contours of the outer surface so as to directly form the simulated knot from the necktie.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,627,113 issued to Lord on Dec. 9, 1986, outlines the use of a decorative neckwear device that incorporates a simulated four-in-hand necktie knot, positioned in front of the wearer's neck by an adjustable non-elastic neckband, and supporting a vertically elongated array of a plurality of independent thin flat panels pivotally joined together, to form a flexible supple demanding panel array. The thin flat panels may be formed of various different colorful decorative materials such as thin sheets of colored glass, plastic, metal or wood veneers, cemented to a supporting strip.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,777,665 issued to Akamatsu on Oct. 18, 1988, outlines the use of a quick-release necktie with a preliminarily tied necktie base, including front and rear aprons or wings and a knot, and neckbands extending on both right and left sides of the knot. There are male and female fastening means, which are releasably secured to the ends of the neckbands, to link them so that the necktie can be readily worn or released, only by simple connecting or disconnecting operation of the fastening assembly.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,856,115 issued to Knapp on Aug. 15, 1989, outlines the use of a necktie having an elongated body, with a large width portion adjacent at one end and having a small width portion adjacent to an opposite end. A knot is located between the ends of the elongated body. A neck loop. extends from the knot and is divided to form first and second adjacent ends. A clasp is attached to the first adjacent end and has an opening and a flexible strip, which is attached to the second adjacent neck loop end.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,875,239 issued to Patterson, Jr. on Oct. 24, 1989, outlines the use of a support and fastening means for producing a pre-tied necktie, using a modified form of a body member and a support strap thereon, in which the support strap and body member reduce manufacturing costs while producing a superior product. This is accomplished by replacing a spring clamp with a less expensive support strap, which can be produced by the tie manufacturer, rather than having the spring clamp to be contracted out.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,165,112 issued to Dawes on Nov. 24, 1992, outlines the use of an assembled necktie having a collar assembly, a knot assembly, a replacement tie assembly and a tie securement assembly. The knot assembly is made up a first end portion having a collar loop formed therein for retaining the collar assembly; an intermediate portion; and a second end portion. The first end portion, intermediate portion and the second end portion are foldable so as to form a knot during use while having the appearance of a knot in a conventional necktie.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,361,413 issued to Schaefer on Nov. 8, 1994, outlines the use of an adjustable bow tie made up of three basic parts: a bow strip, a bow loop, and a neckband. The bow strip may be pre-tied or otherwise, and is held in a bow shape by a tubular bow loop, located in the center of the tied bow strip. The neckband is separable from the bow tie portion and has an unrestricted path through the bow loop. The neckband is adjustable to the size of the wearer's neck and employs hook and loop fasteners adjacent to both ends of the neckband, and are located longitudinally along opposite sides of the neckband.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,432,953 issued to Kim on Jul. 18, 1995, outlines the use of a necktie structure, a tie, a neckband, and a knot former. The knot former has a groove extending from side to side on the knot former. The neckband is threaded through the groove and has a fastener means at opposite ends to connect the neckband on the neck of a person wearing the tie. The tie has an intermediate tie loop portion mounted over the front face of the knot former, with the ends of the tie being projected along opposite sides and rearward of the knot former and rearward beneath the neckband.
Great Britain Patent Number 2,225,523 granted to Kent on Jun. 6, 1990, outlines the use of a tie capable of being worn around the neck of a person with at least two portions detachably coupled. The detachable coupling may be provided by a buckle, button, hook and eye fastener, Velcro, zipper, press-stud or tie string. This tie is advantageous in terms of safety, convenience and fashion over known common ties.
Although each of these patents outline the use of novel and useful inventions, what is really needed is a hook and loop necktie that has a hand-tied appearance, without inserts or supports that can look phony. Such a necktie would be in high demand in the men's apparel marketplace.
- SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed.
The invention is a hand-tied hook and loop necktie, having a generally elongated front to be worn and to be extended downward from the user's neck area onto the user's chest. The invention has a neckband with an elongated right extension and an elongated left extension, to be wrapped around the neck area of a user, and a hand-tied knot, which is integral to the generally elongated front and the neckband of the hand-tied hook and loop necktie. There is also a hook and loop fastener on the ends of the elongated left extension and the elongated right extension for securing the invention, and interior stitching is provided on the hand-tied knot, to prevent the hand-tied knot from sliding along the neckband.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a hook and loop necktie that has a hand-tied appearance without any artificial supports or inserts.
It is another object of the invention to provide a hook and loop necktie that has stitching placed on the inside of the knot to secure the knot in place.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a necktie that will come undone under force for safety purposes.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a necktie that is easy to put-on and gives the appearance of a hand-tied knot.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof in an apparatus for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.
FIG. 1 is an environmental, perspective view of a hand-tied necktie with a hook and loop fastener according to the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of a hand-tied necktie with a hook and loop fastener.
- DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.
The present invention is a hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10, for a user U with a chest and a neck area, as is depicted in FIG. 1.
The hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 comprises two generally elongated fronts 20 to be worn and to be extended downward from the user's U neck area onto the user's U chest, a neckband 30 with an elongated right extension 32 and an elongated left extension 34, to be wrapped around the neck area of the user U, and a hand-tied knot 40, which is integral to the generally elongated fronts 20 and the neckband 30 of the hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10. These features of the hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 are depicted in FIG. 2.
To put on the hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10, the elongated right extension 32 and the elongated left extension 34 must come together and form a loop (not shown) around the neck area of the user U, and is attached with a hook and loop fastener 50 formed on the ends of the elongated left extension 34 and the elongated right extension 32. Note that the hand-tied knot 40 is sewn together with stitching 60 either provided on the neckband 30 and/or behind the hand-tied knot 40, to prevent the hand-tied knot 40 from sliding along the neckband 30.
The hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 gives the user U a hand-tied. necktie, while having the ease and convenience of a necktie with a hook and loop fastener 50. The hook and loop fastener 50 used in the hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10, is more commonly known under the tradename of Velcro. Many neckties in the related art have plastic or wire supports and inserts, which can make the necktie look like an unattractive clip-on type necktie. The hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 looks like a real hand-tied necktie with a perfectly formed knot.
The hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 comes in a wide variety of neck sizes and includes sizes for children as well. The hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 also has a safety feature, in that the hook and loop fastener 50 can be pulled apart, if needed, by a sudden force like a quick pull or tug.
Use of the hand-tied hook and loop necktie 10 is straightforward. The elongated right extension 32 and the elongated left extension 34 are wrapped around the user's U neck area, with the hook and loop fastener 50 on the ends, being manually separated or brought together to form a snug loop around the user's U neck. The generally elongated fronts 20 are then allowed to hang straight downward in front of the user's U chest like a typical necktie.
It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the sole embodiment described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.