There can be few better ways to run around town in summer than upon a Vespa – specifically the smartly customised scooter that was showcased at London Craft Week in May by Umbrian atelier Bottega Conticelli. The father-and-son outfit creates pieces that are, they say, based on passion, tradition and a pride in honouring the label “made in Italy”. Building on Stefano and Francesco Conticelli’s reputation for luxe, largely leather items – from handbags to photo frames – they’ve been making serious inroads in the bespoke landscape of late, with projects for homes, boats and offices, but also leather upholstery for “classic bicycles and icons such as the Vespa and the Fiat 500”.
Bicycles (from €1,200) can be “dressed in leather” around the frame, handlebars, mudguards and even the brake cables – all hand-stitched in place and topped with “removable bags and an infinity of tailored accessories to customise your vehicles in a unique, original way”. Bottega Conticelli produces a ready-to-ride, retro-style Creme Caferacer Uno three-gear bike (from €2,200), complete with a woven-leather front basket and available to order in a variety of leather colourways and stitch finishes – as is the cool GtS Super model Vespa (from €14,000), with detachable covers.
Custom orders take between four to six weeks (for bicycles) and six to eight weeks (for Vespas), but for those who would rather not wait, a fetching dark leather version, called the Vespa GtS Conticelli, is currently sitting in BMG Scooters in Richmond with a price tag of £12,999.