Since 1943

Since 1943

From an old spinning mill to a flagship in the fashion world

It was first established as a small spinning mill by Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi, who started the production of sustainable yarns by regenerating old military garments and covers. And as the years passed, it has become a point of reference in the fashion world, thanks to a high level of creativity, smart and constant research, investments and great textile solutions.

In our long history, we have constantly pursued the objectives of growth and expansion, always with an eye to enhancing our values of sustainability, innovative solutions and improving our flagship zero-waste system, our sustainable design and traceable circular economy projects.

Manteco SPA is adhering to the principles of the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and was the first textile company to ever apply a science-based LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) study on its luxury recycled wools.

Behind our green approach and premium quality fabrics, there are generations of know-how, heritage and our fully traceable and transparent Manteco System, a network of local artisans and small companies that follow our precise Supply Chain Commitments and high production standards.

1941

The starting point

Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi acquires a spinning mill destroyed by the war and starts producing sustainable yarns by regenerating old military garments and covers, starting the creation of what nowadays is MWool Recycled

1942

The first looms

Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi buys the first looms and starts the production of recycled carded wool fabrics for garments

1943

Lanificio San Marco is born

Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi establishes Lanificio San Marco, what we now know as Manteco, and start expanding with new buildings

1945

Becoming part of Confindustria

Lanificio San Marco becomes part of Confindustria and starts growing in Northern Europe markets

1952

The first growth

The post-war economy booms. Lanificio San Marco grows a lot and starts building a new and modern factory, which was designed by "Il Patio" architecture studio

1956

The new headquarter

Lanificio San Marco's new head quarter is inaugurated and stands out for its green spots and its social sustainability, thanks to the background music played in all working areas

1967

The arrival of Franco Mantellassi

Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi dies unexpectedly and Franco Mantellassi takes control of his father's company

1971

Lanificio Franco Mantellassi is born

Franco Mantellassi renames the company as Lanificio Franco Mantellassi and starts innovating, experimenting new collections and enhancing regenerated colors

1983

Manteco - Mantellassi Compagnia Tessile

The company changes its name to Mantellassi Compagnia Tessile, that is Manteco, but it maintains the emblem of Lanificio San Marco, which was created by Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi

1985

Gaining international fame

Manteco gains international fame, it starts expanding its markets by opening commercial offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Los Angeles

1988

The first commitment for art and culture

Manteco shows its love and commitment for art and culture by being one of the founders of Centro Per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, in Prato

2000

The arrival of Matteo and Marco Mantellassi

Matteo and Marco Mantellassi, after their graduations, join their father Franco at the head of the company

2008

BiBye® is born

Manteco creates BiBye®, its iconic double fabric that becomes an excellence in the fashion world

2010

The new headquarter

Manteco inaugurates the current complex, with new offices, new departments and showrooms

2014

Zero-Waste policy is born

Manteco adopts its green Zero-Waste policy, which aims at saving and regenerating the waste produced during production processes

2015

Pushing industrial archeology

Manteco buys and restores a series of abandoned warehouses to expand the company even more and starts becoming a flagship for industrial archeology

2016

The graduation of Franco Mantellassi

Franco Mantellassi graduates in electronic engineering and at the age of 80

2018

The creation of Archivio Manteco and Manteco Academy

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the company inaugurates its unique Archivio Manteco and the innovative Manteco Academy

2019

Project43 sets new standards for circular economy

Manteco creates Project43, an innovative and traceable circular economy projects. The European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska visits Manteco and defines it as a great example for circular economy and sustainability

2020

The world first company to apply an LCA on recycled wool

Manteco becomes the world's first company to ever apply a Life Cycle Assessment on wool, obtaining a certification by ICEA

2021

Franco Mantellassi becomes an "Accademico d'Onore" for the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno

The oldest academy of the world, which originated from the Compagnia di San Luca formed, in 1339, among Florentine artists.

2021

Member of the Monitor for Circular Fashion

Monitor for Circular Fashion is a multi-stakeholder project involving leading companies and players in the fashion industry.

2021

Member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Network

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is an international charity that develops and promotes the circular economy.

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