Annick Goutal grew up as one of eight children in a large and joyous family. Her father Pierre was a well-known and respected Parisian confectioner. Her mother was a kind and bohemian woman. This cherished childhood profoundly shaped Annick's and Goutal’s imaginary world, where happiness is an fundamental emotion.
Evolving in a world of designers and artists, Annick Goutal was promised a great career as a pianist... But she embraced her freedom and left for London, where her beauty was noticed by a fashion photographer. For 4 years, Annick Goutal worked as a model around the world.
She eventually grew bored of the mentally unstimulating lifestyle and went home to Paris. A lover of objets d’art, she worked as an antiques dealer for a time. Then she launched a small cosmetics company with a friend. When Annick Goutal first sought out the fragrance for the creams she wanted to sell, she discovered a whole world in Grasse that would fascinate her. She had just found her true calling..
Annick Goutal was a passionate woman who excelled in everything she did. In 1961, she won first prize in piano at the Paris Conservatory and in 1986, she received an award for excellence in perfume.