Caps Off to MADCAPZ

Four years ago, when Larchmont resident Carrie Bell, a former management consultant,, was diagnosed with Graves Disease, an autommune disorder that caused her to lose some of her hair, she discovered an unexpected business opportunity. “The only exercise I was able to do was walk,” Bell says. “I would wear my husband’s baseball caps. One day I wanted a fun, cute, feminine-looking baseball cap.”

When her search for one turned up empty, Bell launched, offering one-hundred-percent-cotton, machine-washable women’s baseball caps and visors in 20 brightly colored patterns. “Our caps are specifically designed to fit a woman’s head size,” Bell says. “Men’s caps have too much room in the crown for the average woman.” Also featured: longer-than-usual bills for increased sun protection.

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The women’s line of caps ($20), and self-fastening ($16) and curly cord visors ($12) are available at Epstein’s in Tuckahoe or by visiting; also offered are kids’ caps. Or order through or (National Alopecia Areata Foundation) and have 20 percent of sale profits donated to either of these non-profits.