European Fashion Brand Peter Nappi Opens outpost in Trendy 12South Neighborhood
Nashville, TN – (June 26, 2017) - Locally owned-and-operated Italian leather footwear and accessories brand Peter Nappi has opened its new retail location in the 12South neighborhood at 2308 12th Ave South. This is the company’s second Nashville location and first ‘true’ retail store. Opened in 2011, Peter Nappi’s flagship store and design studio is located in the Germantown neighborhood at 1308 Adams Street.
The flagship store, located in a renovated 1906 industrial boiler room overlooking the Cumberland River, will remain open to the public seven days a week upon the opening of the 12South location. The new retail store is located on the ground level of the 12South Flats, among other popular and trendy retail shops.
“We are thrilled to expand our brand into the 12South neighborhood,” explained owner Phillip Nappi. “12South is the perfect fit for us as it is an authentic, fashion-forward retail space that exemplifies Peter Nappi and its image.”
The namesake of the brand, Peter Nappi, immigrated to the US in 1904 with his brother in an effort to make a better life. They made shoes together in New York and Columbus, Ohio, but in 1935 Peter opened up a restaurant to better support his family, becoming known for his ‘Red Sauce.’ Although he was a successful restauranteur, his passion was always shoemaking; however, the tradition was not carried on after his death in 1955. Unbeknownst of his grandfather’s work, Phillip Nappi moved to Italy in 2009 to pursue his passion of shoemaking. It is during this time that Phillip discovered his family’s tradition of shoemaking dating back to the 1800s. Inspired by his grandfather’s work, Phillip rekindled the brand with his wife Dana and opened the Nashville flagship store in 2011, where it remains open to the public.
Peter Nappi’s leathers are designed in Nashville and handmade in Tuscany. For more information, visit www.peternappi.com.
About Peter Nappi
Peter Nappi is a European leather footwear and accessories company founded in 2009 by Phillip and Dana Nappi, who own and operate a design studio in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood and a retail store in Nashville’s 12South neighborhood. Inspired by the craft of his grandfather (the company’s namesake), an Italian boot-maker who immigrated to the United States in 1904, Phillip rekindled the brand after traveling to Italy and learning of his family’s history and tradition of shoemaking. More than a century later, Peter Nappi’s legacy is honored at a company where timeless design transcends fleeting trends, all products are handcrafted by specially trained artisans and small-batch production ensures that quality is always valued over quantity. It’s this attention to detail and devotion to quality that has gained the company a strong domestic and international following.