This year, Sports Illustrated held its Swimsuit Issue Event in Nashville for the first time. Jessica Gomes, Samantha Hoopes and Hannah Ferguson visited us in the Studio to talk fashion and giant boots.
Ti voglio bene.
One of our favorite things about living in Nashville is gathering friends and family in the shop to listen to Mickey, Bucky, Dave, Marco, and Jim. How many towns are there where guys from the bands of Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Robert Plant, and Paul Simon play the local boot store? Could we be luckier? Could their music make us happier? Could we love them more? Nope.
With a heart of gold to match her million dollar smile, we are thrilled to welcome Peter Nappi’s Great Granddaughter to Nashville! A recent graduate from University of Southern Mississippi, Gabby has already established an impressive portfolio of Public Relations, Photography and Fashion projects. Add to that mission trips to Mexico and a year spent working with Invisible Children, this passionate humanitarian is sure to be a vibrant and vivacious addition to our fair city. She’s an inspiration to friends and family, and a beautiful daughter who makes her father beam with pride. Help us welcome her to Nashville.
We’re excited to announce Peter Nappi has been featured alongside many of our Nashville friends in the June Issue of Gourmet Traveller, Australia’s premier food and travel magazine. “Nashville’s New Groove” showcases local shopping favorites Goodbuy Girls, Hatch Show Print, Imogene + Willie, Old Made Good, Otis James, Parlour & Juke, Third Man Records and many other trip-worthy Nashville locales. Thanks, Gourmet Traveller!
Just after the Civil War, Nashville bloomed into what was called “the New South.” Businesses, schools, and theaters sprang up everywhere and it soon became the cultural and commercial center of the South. And the Ryman was in the middle of it all.
The “Union Gospel Tabernacle” (the Rymans original name) was constructed as a place where people of all faiths could join together in worship, and grow together in culture. One of the most famous events there took place in 1897 when the Confederate veterans hosted a reunion with performances by the New York Metropolitan Opera. Donations from veterans – both Union and Confederate – built the balcony that almost doubled the seating capacity. Named the Confederate Gallery, some argue (and we have to agree) the best seats in the house are in that balcony.
A house built to include all, to support all, and to celebrate all, the Ryman is a beacon that we hope continues to lead and inspire. What a great house to call home.
It’s been a busy week here in the Peter Nappi studio. As Summer nears its final months, we are excited to begin our Fall order fulfillments as well as experimenting with new leather options for our boots. Below are a few pictures of the aforementioned activity taken from the little workbench in the corner of our studio, where all of our ideas are “hammered” out…pun intended.
Our most popular and original model, the JULIUS is named after Peter’s son (also Philip’s father), Julius Joseph Nappi. All three generations of Nappi men share the same laid-back disposition and were (and still are) always smiling. As a caring, giving man, Julius inspired his family to be wiser and patient. He never met a stranger and considered his friends family. Julius was always in control yet never possessive. And so Phillip chose to dedicate the first pair of boots he ever made to his father. Crafted as a perfected reincarnation of a favorite pair of work boots—the style is simple yet pronounced—sort of like Julius, whom everyone called Joe. The JULIUS comes in Bitter Chocolate, Snuff, and Nero (Black), with Snuff being the most popular color.
We have now called Neuhoff Meat Packing Plant in Germantown Peter Nappi’s home for five months. As of this week, we have expanded our hours to be open Monday through Saturday 11 am – 6 pm! So we figured it was able time to open up the doors to our family in addition to our studio. Come on in… we’ve been waiting to share our story with you!
As citizens of America, we are all in a sense immigrants. We all come from somewhere else – with different traditions, different bloodlines, different crafts and trades from around the world. Although, sometimes generations removed from our ancestors, we forget. For us, ancestry and family heritage is a crucial ingredient to our story. Only we needed a little luck, a little faith and a little serendipity to find it.
We are so excited to be hosting the release of Paul Burch’s new LP – Words of Love: Songs of Buddy Holly here at the studio tonight from 5-7pm! As a little teaser we asked Paul to share with us some of his favorite songs and musical influences. Here’s a taste…
Thanks to everyone who came – we hope you enjoyed yourselves! And many, MANY thanks to Tommy Keenum and Hags Haggerty – you guys were incredible! Good luck Hags, on your new project with the tap-dancing percussionist – cant wait to hear it. Next event: August 13, 6-8 (an hour later than usual). Evite will go out next week.