K Gallery: Art & Fashion is a cornucopia of handmade goods

Owner Karen Springer imports many items from Central and South America (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Owner Karen Springer imports items from Central and South America (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

If you’re a fan of boho and beachy chic, K Gallery: Art & Fashion is a must stop on Shelter Island this summer.

Recently opened, the shop sells goods like clothing, jewelry and bags. Everything is handcrafted and is either made locally or imported.

The K refers to owner Karen Springer, who makes a lot of the products herself.

“I just had a baby 7 months ago, but I didn’t want to just stay home and I’ve always made jewelry and scarves, so I decided to open the store,” she said. “I can keep the baby here and it’s close to the house.”

Springer’s specialties include leather bracelets, as well as cotton scarves and beachy cover-ups.

Born in Colombia, Springer was raised in Costa Rica and now lives full time on Shelter Island with her husband and son. Every winter she heads south to Costa Rica to see her family. Now she returns with handmade goods from Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador, which she sells in her shop.

“I’ve always made jewelry,” Springer said. “It was a just hobby, but now that I’m doing it more, a lot of people like it and have asked me to make more items.”

Prices in the store range from $3 bracelets to $200 bags made by South America’s indigenous people. Other items for sale include swimsuits, hammocks, handmade toys, wood crafts, coffee and even stationary made from banana leaves.

Springer, who also sells her sister’s jewelry made in Costa Rica, wants the store to be a place where Shelter Islanders can also sell their homemade items.

“That’s why I call this a gallery,” she said.

K Gallery: Art & Fashion is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 21 N. Ferry Road. For more information call (917) 971-6156.

These leather bracelets are all made by Karen Springer (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

These leather bracelets are all made by Karen Springer (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)