The 1957 was running and
In postwar Prato, a city still to be
reorganized, determination and creativity
are required to launch a new undertaking.
Evidently these qualities
were not lacking in the then twenty-five
Renato Cecchi, who with just two
workers opened a dry-cleaning
establishment in Via Donizetti.
And thus was born Santo Stefano,
so baptized in honor
of the city's patron saint.
The small firm washed the fabrics
and the wool "fringes"
used by the national railways
for the bearings of the trains,
but as often happens,
necessity was trasformed into virtue
when the firm began recovering all
the scrap materials that became available
-the remnants of the
wadding used in ammunition,
even the wool and the rubber of the
American tennis balls-
to use as fuel and recycled material.