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Peter Nappi Shoes

December 12, 2011

Peter Nappi is a line of shoes and accessories named after owner Phillip Nappi’s grandfather. When preparing to launch his company with his wife, Dawn, Phillip became aware that is grandfather worked as a shoemaker after he emigrated from Italy. So the company is named in his honor, especially since all the shoes are made in Italy by artisans.

All shoes, men’s and women’s, are inspired by vintage boots and shoes from the early 1900s. The shoes are made from kudu leather that is vegetable tanned in Leeds, England and then shipped to Italy for the artisans to do their work. Most of the shoes are lined with the same leather. Uppers and soles are combined using the Blake method, which allows for tighter profile and a narrower sole compared to a Goodyear welt.

Beautiful video shot by John Moessner showcasing several artisans making Peter Nappi footwear, as well as an artisan passing his knowledge to the next generation at a shoe making school.

While the company is primarily focused on footwear, this Nighttime watch also caught my eye. Very nice:

The couple have their studio/shop in Nashville’s Germantown section in the old Neuhoff Meat Packing building. You can even order custom bags and bespoke shoes out of their shop. Their beautiful space is on a bluff that looks over the Cumberland River. Seriously, with Peter Nappi, Imogene + Willie, and the whole music scene, Nashville is on my list of places to visit.


all photos via Peter Nappi

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