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A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

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This story appears in the November 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Photography by Josh Anderson
Sole man: Phillip Nappi of Peter Nappi.
Photography by Josh Anderson

Phillip Nappi was orphaned at age 11. After moving in with his mother's relatives, he lost touch with his father's, knowing only that they were Italian immigrants. While growing up in rural Mississippi, Nappi worked in shoe stores and imagined that one day he would open his own. But even the wildest of childhood dreams couldn't predict how the pieces of his life would come together.

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