Annick Goutal became an apprentice to Henri Sorsana in 1976 and Maison Robertet agreed to back every fragrance she created. Soon afterwards, in 1980, Annick Goutal opened her own boutique in an old bookshop on Rue de Bellechasse in the Parisian district of Saint-Germain, where more and more customers came to enjoy her creations. Annick Goutal died at the age of just 53 in 1999. Since her death, her work has been continued by her daughter Camille Goutal and the parfumier Isabelle Doyen.

The Goutal fragrance „Eau d'Hadrien“ launched in 1981 is already considered a classic. Annick Goutal was inspired by the eponymous hero of Emperor Hadrian from the famous novel Memoirs of Hadrian by the Belgian author Marguerite Yourcenar. ‘Eau d’Hadrien’ is a homage to the South and its great history. Mediterranean freshness with a soupçon of thoughfulness – quite simply a masterpiece.