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Since 1943

Since 1943, when it was founded in Prato by Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi, Manteco has represented an excellence in the Tuscan textile industry. First established as a small mill, nowadays it is one of the key players of this sector and an international flagship for sustainability, circular economy and quality.
Our company is highly specialized in sustainable luxury fabrics made with cellulosic and animal fibers, especially virgin and recycled wool fabrics, thanks to our MWool Recycled and MWool Virgin, the next generation of wool.

A unique family business

From a semi-destroyed spinning mill to a flagship for the fashion world and sustainability

1941

Enzo Anacleto Mantellassi acquires a spinning mill destroyed by the war and starts producing sustainable yarns by regenerating old military garments and covers

1942

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

1943

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

1945

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

1952

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

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

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

1971

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

1973

Lanificio Franco Mantellassi conceives and creates the first pillars for what nowadays is MWool, developing its own recipes and yarns

1983

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

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

1988

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

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

2008

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

2010

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

2014

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

2015

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

2016

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

2018

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

2019

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

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

MAKE SURE TO READ THE FIRST-PERSON STORY BY OUR PRESIDENT FRANCO MANTELLASSI

THAT'S HOW WE BECAME MANTECO

That's how we became Manteco

Recounted by Franco Mantellassi

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