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Wanda Ferragamo

Wanda Miletti Ferragamo
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Born
Wanda Miletti

(1921-12-18)18 December 1921
Bonito, Italy
Died18 October 2018(2018-10-18) (aged 96)
NationalityItalian
Label(s)
Ferragamo
Spouse(s)
(m. 1940; his d. 1960)
Children6, Fiamma, Ferruccio, Giovanna, Fulvio, Leonardo, Massimo
Parent(s)Fulvio Miletti (father)
Awards
  • "Donna Internazionale dell'anno" by "Committee of 200" in 1982.
  • "Cavaliere del Lavoro della Repubblica Italiana" in 1987.
  • "Honorary officer of British Empire" in 1995.

Wanda Ferragamo (18 December 1921 - 18 October 2018) - born Wanda Miletti in Bonito (Avellino, Italy), was an Italian fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the head designer of Ferragamo.

Motherless, she was the daughter of Fulvio Miletti, the mayor and municipal doctor of Bonito, physician of the Ferragamo family and their client. During the summer of 1940, at the age of 18 years old, she met and then married Salvatore Ferragamo, in the church of Santa Lucia in Naples.[1] From their marriage, six children were born: Fiamma, Ferruccio, Giovanna, Fulvio, Leonardo, Massimo.

After the wedding, they moved to Florence in a villa near Fiesole.

After the death of her husband in 1960, Wanda took over the family-owned manufacturer, thus becoming the CEO for more than 20 years.[2] She grew up in a wealthy family, so she was attending school as her mother did, but she had no specific professional training: as a result, she learned how to manage a company by watching and listening to her husband.[3] Since then, the company turned from a footwear company to a ready-to-wear and fashion wear with expanded product lines, thanks also to the help of her sons.[4]

She died in Florence on October 18th, 2018. [5][6][7]

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  2. ^ Bits (20 October 2018). "È morta Wanda Ferragamo, presidente onoraria della casa di moda Ferragamo". Il Post (in Italian). Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ Horwell, Veronica (1 November 2018). "Wanda Ferragamo obituary". The Guardian (in Italian). Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  4. ^ Anselmi, Luca (2001). "Aziende familiari di successo in Toscana". FrancoAngeli (in Italian). ISBN 9788846417916. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  5. ^ Mugnaini, Olga (21 November 2018). "Wanda Ferragamo, omaggio alla regina. La sua ultima lettera a Firenze". La Nazione (in Italian). Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  6. ^ Pieraccini, Silvia (19 October 2018). "Lutto per la maison Ferragamo, muore Wanda, moglie del fondatore". Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Wanda Ferragamo obituary". The Times (in Italian). 27 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2019.