Wanda Ferragamo is remembered, AAFA announces honorees.
When Wanda Ferragamo brought two of her sons, Massimo and Leonardo, to the United States for the first time in 1970, she wanted to make sure it was a trip to remember. She set out with them from Italy on a boat, the same way her late husband — the legendary Salvatore Ferragamo — traveled when he emigrated to America in 1914. “She wanted us to experience the same journey he did. She wanted us to understand how hard it was,” Massimo, chairman of Ferragamo USA, said during a mass honoring his late mother at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York last week. The matriarch of the family and honorary president of the company since 2006, died in October at age 96. She was instrumental in building the Italian label after her husband’s death in 1960. When Salvatore passed away, his wife, 38, was left with six children: Fiamma, Giovanna, Fulvia, Ferruccio, Massimo and Leonardo.