Shop It Now: Karen Gallo’s Personal Picks From Her Sample Sale

Photos courtesy of Karen Gallo

In case you feel like shoe shopping (of course you do) there’s a very exclusive sale going on: Karen Gallo, of the cool-chic eponymous accessory collection, is finally holding a sample sale. Karen Gallo’s brand is an emerging label founded in 2013, meaning it’s tough to find in stores — that doesn’t make us want it less (the rarity might make us want it more). The brand is all about walkable, hot, city girl shoes — sneakers, boots, stilettos, you name it. (She has amazing bags, too.)

To prep, do your pre-sample sale stretches, then take a look below at what awaits you. The designer picked out some shoes for you; here are the shoes every city girl needs in her closet.

The pop up Karen Gallo sample sale is on today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 93 Grand Street #2.


“This is a classy sandal that goes with everything.” [Editor’s note: From behind, it looks like you’re wearing pin-thin stilettos, but some width on the side view means stability — given the heel height, you can walk with relative ease. No brainer.]


“The Paulie is simply the best open toe boot for a city girl.”


“The Roe is meant for the girl who knows how to wear men’s clothes and still make it look feminine.”



“It’s just cool.”



“It’s the perfect everyday sneaker that can be dressed up or down.”




First Day of Spring Shopping: 6 Looks for Dreamy New Season Perfection

Don’t let the errant snowflake or sudden dips into freezing temps fool you; Friday is the first day of spring, and that means the first day of spring shopping has arrived.

Whether or not the weather is ready for it, we’re moving into the new season — even if it takes some time to come out of cozy hibernation.

Go ahead and take the fuzzy layers — in pale lavender and soft blush — from winter with you, just be sure to add some new warmer weather favorites (like these breezy dresses from Wes Gordon, Kaelen, Tibi, and Karolyn Pho), too. Lijie (Marilyn) models the best spring looks to wear now. Photographed by Robert Johnson, styled by Alyssa Shapiro.

Wes Gordon gray melange strapless dress; Tibi trench coat; Karen Gallo Stevie sneaker; Stylist’s own belt      

Creatures of the Wind Jenna parka; Kaelen iridescent cowl-back slip dress

Ryan Roche turtleneck; Ryan Roche shorts; Karolyn Pho hand painted Timberlands 

Karolyn Pho
Slate slip dress; Wes Gordon ribbon tweed knit pullover (around waist); Ryan Roche lavender cardigan; Karen Gallo Carter sneakers

Wes Gordon blush stretch crepe long sleeved wrap dress; Ryan Roche cardigan


Tibi Maritime dress; Ryan Roche turtleneck; Karen Gallo Carter sneaker


Photographed by Robert Johnson
Styled by Alyssa Shapiro
Hair and makeup by Ashley Rebecca
Model: Lijie Liu (Marilyn)

Wes Gordon available at Net-a-Porter
Kaelen available here
Tibi available here
Ryan Roche available here

Creatures of the Wind available at Ikram
For Karolyn Pho, email
Karen Gallo available here

Get the Galli Party Started: Karen Gallo’s Exclusive Playlist for BlackBook

Tonight marks the opening of Galli’s second outpost, a restaurant where getting up from your chicken parm to dance, generously poured Gavi in hand, is standard. Galli’s been attracting a fashion crowd from the get go, first on Mercer Street, and now on the LES. Behind the restaurant are Steven Gallo, chef, and Karen Gallo— you may know her from lusting after the shoes and bags she designs.

To celebrate opening night, Karen has put together a playlist for BlackBook, a sample of what’ll be playing at Galli.

“Why do we play this music? This is the music I grew up listening to and everything I design and everything I do has a reference point. This music becomes the starting point for us at Galli. For example, the Beastie Boys…this corner is [where the cover for] Paul’s Boutique [was photographed]… we have to play it!”





Wallpaper in the bathrooms featuring sketches by Karen Gallo, caricaturing staples at the restaurant.

Galli LES is located at 98 Rivington Street at Ludlow, New York, NY

Furry Fendi Bracelets and Karen Gallo Haircalf Booties: Get Furr’d Up, Part 3

Anni Jürgenson (Marilyn) photographed by Ben Rosenzweig in NYC

Fall: we’re two days in.

Before the weather gets way harsh, Tai, we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.

For the perfect fuzzy Coach creepers and full fur Fendi bag, click here… for a quite cheeky pink fuzzy Fendi bag and cozy Reek Krakoff pumps, click here… And keep an eye out for new looks all week.

We’re really into these sleek, bottle green haircalf booties by designer Karen Gallo. And that Fendi bangle? I mean…

Anni wears silk top and leather shorts by Karolyn Pho, druzy and fur cuff by Fendi, and haircalf booties by Karen Gallo. Karen Gallo shoes available on the Spring app and through the designer’s website.


Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn