Passionate. Intense. Kind. A flag bearer for Made in Italy.
Those were all words used by industry members to describe Wanda Miletti Ferragamo, who died Friday afternoon in Fiesole, Italy, near her beloved Florence. The matriarch of the Salvatore Ferragamo family, and honorary president of the company since 2006, was 96. She was the wife of the shoe designer and innovator Salvatore Ferragamo, who created the platform and cage heels and was instrumental in developing the company after her husband’s death in 1960, which left her not only their company but a widow with six children: Fiamma, Giovanna, Fulvia, Ferruccio, Massimo and Leonardo.
Giovanna, Ferruccio, who is president of the fashion group, Leonardo and Massimo issued an internal company memo on Friday relating the passing of their mother “with enormous pain, together with our children and all of our family.” Calling their mother an “extraordinary person,” they said “her precious teachings and the memory of her will be for all of us an example of rectitude and great passion for life.”
In another company note, Miletti Ferragamo was remembered for “her intelligence, her strength of character and her clear economic and commercial vision,” which helped build a fashion group that included ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrances from