Annick Goutal, the late-blooming fragrance connoisseur, came to her scents late after a lauded early career as pianist and model . She imbued the beauty cream industry with a focus on scents and packaging, moved by visceral memories of her father’s chocolate shop. She spent years with Henri Sorsana honing her talented sniffer. Her first fragrances—Folavril, Passion and Eau d’Hadrien—reflected her synthesis of life and love—“like precious bouquets… a symphony, note by note.” Her perfumery garners a fashion cult of fans like Madonna and The Artist, formerly known as Prince. Unusually free from corporate ties, Annick Goutal is “making music by myself” she notes.