Monday, October 15, 2007

Vespa Patches

Sourpuss Clothing carries a few cool Vespa ad-themed patches. This one with three sexy ladies on scooters is a rendition of the famous poster which had the infamous tag line, "The Gay Companions."

This lucky couple is happy to be riding scooters sand helmets but with well-coiffed hair.

You may recognize this cheery Vespa family from ads, too.

Sourpuss has these UK-made patches for just $5. Get them quick before they sell out.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Piaggio to Open Vietnamese Plant

According to reports all over the Internet, Piaggio is set to build a manufacturing plant near Hanoi. The $25-30M investment is a strategic move in order to avoid the costs of transport, duty and other fees on imported scooters. According to the Thanh Nien News Vespas cost around four times that of most motorcycles.

The factory will have a capacity of producing 100,000 models a year, but is said to have a goal of 50,000 annually by its fifth year. With numbers such as that, I wonder how much of Piaggio's manufacturing may be transferred there? According to a press release in 2006, Piaggio reported production numbers for their plant in Pontadera, "production volumes in 2004 were just over 50,000, approximately 87,000 in 2005, and more than 100,000 in 2006." With numbers such as that, the Vietnamese plant could produce enough for multiple countries. The Vietnamese scooters will likely be distributed throughout surrounding Asian countries, but the nagging question remains: Is Italian production of Piaggio doomed?

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Girlie ET Stationery

Well, it isn't the cheapest stationery around, but if you want some personalized notecards with a pink/purple Vespa ET on it, then you are in luck. has this watercolor-style card that seems to be on hearty stock. You can get it as a two different styles of folding card (50 for $130) or a gift enclosure (50 for $105).