Sean Wotherspoon is a rising star of the global street fashion scene, whose reach and influence amongst the youth market saw him approached by Vespa last year for a unique collaboration.
A native of Virginia in the US, Wotherspoon was just 23 when he co-founded Round Two - a store trading in vintage sneakers - in 2013. Two years later, his reach and influence expanded when he launched Round Two’s YouTube channel.
His design skills became apparent in 2017 when he entered and won a sneaker design contest sponsored by Nike. Wotherspoon’s winning design, combining elements of two past Nike Air Max sneakers, demonstrated his ’80s/’90s influenced aesthetic and was a sell-out, leading to design collaborations with Lacoste, Prince, Galleries Lafayette, Disney and, most recently, Vespa.
Unveiled at EICMA 2019, the Vespa Primavera Sean Wotherspoon is a uniquely-finished scooter, aimed at expanding Vespa’s reach into younger markets.
The special edition is defined by its rainbow palette. The predominantly yellow body is edged in white, with contrast panels in metallic dark green. A pastel blue finish for the front mudguard is carried over to the inner side of the legshields, while the footboards are finished in red, with rubber grip inserts in dark blue.
The Primavera’s chrome trim parts, like the front luggage rack, pillion grab rail, mirrors and light surrounds, are unchanged, but the wheels are finished in white with small Vespa logos around the perimeter.
Wotherspoon’s unique approach continues on the seat, which is perhaps this model’s most unusual feature. Trimmed in pale brown corduroy with white piping and the designer’s logo on the nearside leading edge, the seat is directly influenced by Wotherspoon’s competition-winning sneaker creation from 2017 that used corduroy for the uppers.
Finishing off the Wotherspoon special edition scooter is a black exhaust silencer cover, red detailing on the front suspension and bold graphics on the flanks, consisting of an oversized Vespa logo on the nearside and serially-repeated Primavera script on the offside.
Released in the US in July, the Primavera Sean Wotherspoon will reach Australia in late September. Offered in 50cc, 125cc and 150cc version in the US, Australian release will be limited to the Primavera 150 and only in limited numbers.
Under its multi-coloured skin, the Sean Wotherspoon edition is standard Primavera 150, with the ‘I-Get’ 155cc single-cylinder 4-stroke engine producing 9.5kW and 12.8Nm. The twist-and-go CVT transmission, 12-inch alloy wheels, 200mm disc front brake and 140mm drum rear brake with ABS are also unchanged.
Single arm double-acting suspension front and rear includes preload adjustability on the rear, with other Primavera 150 features including a 7.0-litre fuel capacity, full LED lighting, digital instrument display, chrome-trimmed switchblocks, underseat storage and lockable front glovebox with USB charge socket.
The Vespa Primavera Sean Wotherspoon will be priced from $7,990 (+ ORCs); a premium of around $1,000 on a standard Primavera 150. See your Vespa dealer for more details.
VESPA PRIMAVERA RED
Vespa have once again partnered with global HIV/AIDS charity (RED) to produce a special edition scooter - the (Vespa Primavera) RED.
Offered in 125cc and 150cc versions, the (Vespa Primavera) RED is defined by its all-red body, with red also applied to the headlight/handlebar surround and wheels. The special edition’s seat is taken from the Vespa 946 and trimmed in red Nubuck leather, while the legshield carries a unique ‘(Vespa) RED’ badge.
A portion of the sale from each (Vespa Primavera) RED will go toward (RED)’s global fund to fight AIDS, as well as diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.
Australian availability and pricing for the (Vespa Primavera) RED have not been confirmed.