Wanda Miletti Ferragamo, the widow of Salvatore Ferragamo, has died at the age of 96. Wanda took over from her late husband the eponymous Florence-based brand after he died in 1960, when she was 39 years old. She was 24 years his junior. Salvatore Ferragamo was known for making custom-made shoes for celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe. With the help of her six children, Wanda turned her husband's shoe company into a luxury-goods powerhouse, with new product lines including leather goods, clothing, handbags, perfume, watches and eyewear, and an international clientele. She also opened mono-brand boutiques on New York's Fifth Avenue and in other cities including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Mexico City and Mumbai. In 2004, she was honored as Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Italy's highest honor. The company had revenues of €1.4 billion and about 4,000 employees in the last fiscal year. In the end, Wanda Ferragamo was at the helm of the company longer than Salvatore, who found it in 1927.

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