This application is a division of application Ser. No. 10/827,392 filed Apr. 19, 2004, the entire disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.
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OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of Invention
The present invention relates to a unique system and method for manufacturing, packaging, marketing, distributing and selling coordinated but non-matching items which have traditionally been essentially matching. For purpose of this invention matching should be construed to mean the grouping of items in like colors and patterns or in predefined number of items per distributed package, such as socks that are sold in pairs to accommodate the 2 feet of the human body.
2. Description of Prior Art
Many items are produced and sold in essentially matching pairs. Two feet, two eyes, two ears, two halves of a whole—the body is a bilateral object which in the history of fashion and retail has been treated in pairs. Shoes have been sold in pairs. Socks have been sold in pairs. Gloves have been sold in pairs. Earrings have been sold in pairs. Historically, fashion basics have been about symmetry and balance; fashion designers and retail stores have served this idea by selling bilateral items in matching identical pairs. If the pair was broken or one was lost, the total was then invalid. This has also applied to items not sold as pairs or even related to a body such as furniture in a room, appliances in a kitchen or bathroom and the parts in a game.
There are segments of the population who choose not to match. The current merchandising model (for example in the sock market) does not accommodate this cross section of society.
Customer choice has been limited to buying items matched in traditional ways of same colors, same designs, same shapes, etc. Those segments of the population who choose not to match these items are forced to purchase multiple item packages in order to accommodate their disposition, or are required to customize the items accordingly. This also applied to singular items with multiple parts; for example, legs of a pair of pants; sleeves of a shirt/coat/sweater; ear muffs; chairs for a dining set; and walls in a room. There has not been a system designed for mass production and mass marketing which goal is the production and distribution of non-matching items.
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OF THE INVENTION
The intention of this invention is to manufacture, market, distribute and sell coordinated but non-matching items instead of the traditional matched pairs, groups, sets or parts of an item. For purposes of this invention, coordinated but non-matching items refers to items which are coordinated in accordance with a defined system, but not matched in a conventional manner. Examples of items sold under this invention would include items typically sold as pairs (e.g., socks, gloves, earrings, etc.); items sold as one unit with different parts to it (e.g., legs of pants, sleeves of shirt; front/back or top/bottom of dress; sides of a car, a sleeping bag, etc.); as well as typically grouped items (e.g. cushions on a couch, chairs and tables, chairs in a dining set, walls in a room, etc.). In addition, this invention packages and distributes these coordinated but non-matching items in non-traditional quantities (e.g., 3, 5, 7 socks).
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
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Table 1—lists example items traditionally sold in pairs.
Table 2—lists example items with distinguishable sections.
Table 3—lists example items with multiple parts or pieces.
Table 4—lists example items with inner and outer surfaces.
Table 5—lists examples of grouped items.
Table 6—lists example characteristics to coordinate non-matching items.
FIG. 1 illustrates example grouping for 3 coordinated but non-matching socks.
FIG. 2 illustrates sample coordinated but non-matching pajamas and slippers.
FIG. 3 illustrates sample coordinated but non-matching 2-piece bathing suit and sandals.
FIG. 4 illustrates sample coordinated but non-matching tights, gloves and scarf.
FIG. 5 illustrates sample coordinated but non-matching bedding and slippers.
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OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
The present invention is a method for manufacturing, grouping, marketing, distributing and selling coordinated but non-matching items or products. This invention is applicable to 5 main categories of items. Examples of each category are listed on Tables 1-5. Although not matched, this invention includes means for coordinating the non-matching items.
The first category of items to be coordinated but non-matching in accordance with this invention are items traditionally sold in pairs. Table 1 is a list of typical items in this category. It is envisioned that items in this category will be sold in single packages of both traditional (e.g. 2) and non-traditional (e.g. 3, 5, 7) quantities. The items in a package will be coordinated but non-matching. Each pack of coordinated but non-matching items will coordinate within the pack and beyond by complying with a system for creating coordinated non-matching products. The Example System for Creating Coordinated Non-Matching Items defines a coordination means directed towards target consumer group, such as children. FIG. 1 illustrates an example of coordinated non-matched socks.
The second category of items to be coordinated but non-matching in accordance with the invention are items with distinguishable parts or pieces. Table 2 is a list of typical items in this category. It is envisioned that each item in this category could be coordinated but non-matching in multiple ways. For example, a shirt could be coordinated but non-matching from front to back, from right sleeve to left sleeve, from top to bottom. Eyeglasses could be coordinated but non-matching from left eye frame to right eye frame, or from left arm of frame to right arm of frame. The lenses themselves could even be coordinated but non-matching in tint of lenses or shape. As with all categories identified per this invention, the items are non-matching but coordinated in accordance with a defined system. The main features of the Example System for creating Coordinated but Non-Matching Items could be applied in this category also.
The third category of items to be coordinated but non-matching in accordance with this invention are items with multiple parts or pieces. Table 3 is a list of typical items in this category. As the examples listed in Table 3 show, this invention can be applied to essentially any product sold. Again, the items in this category would be coordinated in accordance with a defined system for coordinating but non-matching. Although the colors, shapes, patterns and other coordination means may change, the same principles included in the Example System for Creating Coordinated but Non-Matching Items would apply. FIGS. 2 and 3 illustrate examples of coordinated non-matched pajamas and bathing suits. This invention also envisions packaging the coordinated non-matching products in this category in non-traditional quantities (e.g. 3 sheets, 3 pillow cases, etc.)