Nappi, who founded the luxury leather footwear and accessories company in 2009, operates the company's design studio and retail store in Germantown. Nappi carries on the tradition of his Italian boot-maker grandfather, the company's namesake, employing small-batch production by specially trained artisans in Italy. In just a few years, the Peter Nappi name has become synonymous with timeless design and meticulous, handcrafted goods.
Entrepreneur selects five finalists from across the country in distinct categories (Established, Emerging and Collegiate) based on their impact on their industry, community and employees. I think that we can all agree that the Peter Nappi brand has certainly had a positive impact on the Nashville: In addition to choosing Nashville as their headquarters, they've helped broaden the rest of the world's view of Nashville footwear as much more than cowboy boots.
Now, I don't want to get into politics with you, dear readers, but I think we can all support incredible footwear, right? Yeah, that's what I thought. There's a fancy panel of judges who will declare the final winner, but the vox populi will be a big factor, so vote here, and vote right now, or at least before Sept. 17.
These are some of the cool things Phillip's company makes: