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1. (WO2019064025) ARTICLE DE BAGAGERIE
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CLAIMS:

1. A suitcase comprising:

a frame; and

a fabric cover for the frame,

wherein the fabric cover is provided external to all outer edges of the frame, and the outer edges of the frame internally tension the fabric cover to locate the fabric cover and to define the shape of the suitcase.

2. A suitcase according to claim 1 , wherein the fabric cover is provided separately from the frame and is detached from the frame.

3. A suitcase according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the frame includes:

a top moulded section;

a bottom moulded section; and

a plurality of elongate members connected between the top moulded section and the bottom moulded section.

4. A suitcase according to any preceding claim, wherein the fabric cover comprises:

a top fabric cover panel;

a bottom fabric cover panel; and

an elongate fabric cover panel joined on a first side to the top fabric cover panel around a perimeter of the top fabric cover panel and joined on an opposing second side to the bottom fabric cover panel around a perimeter of the bottom fabric cover panel.

5. A suitcase according to claim 4 wherein:

the elongate fabric cover panel includes a first end joined to an opposing second end of the elongate fabric cover panel.

6. A suitcase according to claim 4 or 5 wherein:

the elongate fabric cover panel is joined to the top fabric cover panel by an inward facing seam and/or joined to the bottom fabric cover panel by an inward facing seam.

7, A suitcase according to any of claims 3 to 6 wherein:

each elongate member defines an outer edge of the shape-defining suitcase

8. A suitcase according to any of claims 3 to 7 wherein:

the frame forms a substantially parallelepiped shape.

9. A suitcase according to any preceding claim wherein:

the suitcase comprises a telescopic handle, the handle extending through the fabric cover from a support member that is attached to the frame.

10. A suitcase according to any preceding claim further comprising:

a plurality of wheel assemblies, each wheel assembly attached to the frame through the fabric cover.

1 1. A suitcase according to any of claims 4 to 10 further comprising:

a lid formed in the elongate fabric cover panel, the lid configured to extend across only one major surface of the suitcase.

12. A suitcase according to any of claims 4 to 1 1 wherein:

the elongate fabric cover extends around the elongate members of the frame

13. A suitcase according to any of claims 3 to 12 wherein:

the elongate members are rods.

14. A suitcase according to any of claims 3 to 13 wherein:

the top moulded section and/or the bottom moulded section include a plurality of edge defining regions configured to provide a shape defining surface for the fabric cover.

15. A method of manufacturing a suitcase comprising:

a first step of joining plurality of a fabric cover panels together to form a fabric cover; and

a second step of assembling a frame inside the fabric cover, an inside of the fabric cover accessed through an opening in the fabric cover such that outer edges of the frame internally tension the fabric cover to locate the fabric cover to define the shape of the suitcase.