1985 : First retrospective held at Florence's Palazzo Strozzi.

At the time of his death in 1960, Salvatore Ferragamo had filed 350 patents and created some 20,000 designs. Resolved to carry on her husband's legacy, Salvatore's widow, Wanda Ferragamo, took charge. Their six children-Fiamma, Giovanna, Fulvia, Ferruccio, Leonardo, and Massimo-went to work to expand the family empire, branching out into clothing, handbags, silk scarves and ties, and fragrances. The 1978 Vara grosgrain-ribbon flat and 1990 Gancino top-handle bag became new Ferragamo classics.