With Delightful 1950s-Style Posters, Vespa Welcomes Riders Back to the Road

Illustrations resurrect 'Vespizzatevi' tagline for the first time since the 1950s

Screenshot from the Vespa campaign
Vespa campaign emulates its advertising style from the 1950s but with a modern twist. Quentin Monge / Vespa

Vespa, the famous Italian scooter brand, has welcomed bikers back to the roads with a delightful new global poster campaign by BBH London, which captures the post-war spirit of the 1950s.

The campaign brings back Vespa’s slogan “Vespizzatevi” (“Let’s Vespa” in English) for the first time since in decades and aims to capture a sense of joy as many countries around the world begin to ease Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Vespa’s brand values, BBH said, have always stood for “a sense of freedom, joy and spontaneity” and the poster campaign, which has launched in the U.K. and Italy, is designed to capture that.

Titled “Together at Last,” the campaign celebrates the reunion between people and what they’ve missed during lockdown–whether that be riding to work in the sunshine, escaping the city, or simply reuniting with friends, BBH said in a statement about the campaign.

Paul Thurlby / Vespa
Agostino Iacurci / Vespa
Sebastian Curi / Vespa

Being released with a phased approach to reflect the easing of local lockdown rules, the campaign comprises four executions created by a separate illustrator: Paul Thurlby, Quentin Monge, Agustino Iacurci and Sebastien Curi. It aims to emulate Vespa’s distinctive advertising from the 1950s with a contemporary twist.

The out-of-home campaign will be supported by press and social, while the ad illustrations will be featured within the Piaggio Group Museum in Pontedera.


Agency: BBH London
Creative team: Wil Maxey & Marc Rayson
Creative director and head of art: Pablo González de la Peña
Senior strategist: Aarohi Dhir
Strategy director: John Harrison
Chairman: Jon Peppiatt
Senior account director: Peter Blaseby
Account manager: Francesca Somerville
Account executive: Ella McNicholas
Producer: Pippa White
Typographer and designer: Charley Ray

@saramayspary sara.spary@adweek.com Sara Spary is a freelance journalist based in London. She's been a reporter for eight years, covering advertising and consumer brands.