FAIRFIELD, CT — Last year, Allyson Mandelbaum went shopping for a hat.

The busy Fairfield mom envied her husband’s ability to simply throw on a ball cap and look put together. She searched for a baseball-style hat that she liked, but found most were too big or featured team names or other logos.

“I felt like they were all made to fit men,” she said.

Mandelbaum decided that if she couldn’t find a ball cap she wanted to wear, she would make one. With that, her business, Shady Lady, was born.

After months designing hats and testing samples, Mandelbaum launched Shady Lady’s website in June.

“I wanted them to be fun and bright colors, and kind of a little in your face,” said Mandelbaum, who described her hats as a fashion-forward option for women who want a cute, casual cap.

Her most popular offering is called the Peaceful Lady, a

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