Known for its beautiful handcrafted leather goods for both men and women, Peter Nappi is a premium Italian-American brand based in Nashville. It’s no surprise then, that the company has its eyes on Austin. Lucky for us, they’ll be popping up this weekend at the Hotel San Jose, bringing their beautiful boots and bags with them. In honor of the holiday season and this unique event, we caught up with the leather-lovers to talk all things Nashville, Austin, food and festive traditions. Take a look below then swing by the popup this weekend!
From their similar maker movements to their exciting culinary landscapes, many people have drawn comparisons between Nashville and Austin. Which local chefs in both cities top your list for must-have meals?
In Nashville we love Chefs Andy Little, Tandy Wilson & Phil Krajeck. In Austin all hail goes to Paul Qui, Jesse Griffiths and Andrew Wiseheart – can’t wait to try out Gardner. And of course BBQ at la Barbecue. Anytime we come to town we grab WILDSAM’s Field Guide – always some newfound gems in there.
What about local artisans in each city – whose work have you been admiring?
Our favorite Nashville artists include Elizabeth Suzann, Annie Williams, Susan Sherrick & Otis James. Favorite Austin artists include Todd Sanders (who knew you could do so much with neon?!?), Keith Kreeger (simple yet stunning ceramics), and we are inspired by everything Alyson Fox does (how can you be so good at so many things?).
Holidays are full of fun traditions. In Austin, the Trail of Lights and the Mozart’s light display tend to be crowd-pleasers. What about in Nashville, what are the quintessential holiday activities?
In Nashville, Opryland has an incredible light display that’s not to be missed, with over 2 million lights. We also love to go through Woodmont Christian Church’s “Walk Thru Bethlehem,” a living recreation of the ancient city and a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.
Our daughter’s favorite is Holiday at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens – Santa comes every year with his reindeer! There are crafts for the kids, cookie decorating and music throughout the month. And of course Porter Flea – gifts for everyone under one roof!
As Nashville natives, what are your favorite parts of the Austin experience?
There’s a sense of freedom in Austin – freedom to create something different, something unique, something that inspires people. It’s the same type of energy you find in Nashville. They’re both communities that support their own, and encourage growth and collaborations. There is not much of the cut-throat competition that you see in NY or LA. Artists, musicians, creators all seem to support one another in an effort to make the city better. As both cities continue to grow, it’s essential we preserve that type of positive environment.
Can you tell us a little about this weekend’s popup events?
We’ll be setting up a temporary shop in the courtyard at Hotel San Jose on Saturday and Sunday, from 11-6pm. Cant think of a better setting to enjoy great food, festive drinks and of course, Italian footwear & accessories.
Any plans to bring Peter Nappi to town permanently?
Austin is such a special city – booming with new business across all sectors but still keeping that small town, artsy vibe. The musical and culinary talent is deep and seems to inspire the whole town. We’d love to be a permanent part of this creative class, and hope this weekend’s pop up is well received. It’s a great way for the people of Austin to get a taste of Peter Nappi – hopefully it’ll be a start of a beautiful relationship!
Peter Nappi’s Favorite Austin Spots
Anywhere they serve cold Lone Stars!