Vincent Micotti, founder of the house, has a great interest in music since he is a classically trained cellist. He told Basenotes the name of the first perfume takes its inspiration from a love letter written by the composer Beethoven, found after his death. Experts have several theories as to the mystery woman to whom it was written, whom he calls his ‘Immortal Beloved’. The letter, now in the Berlin State Library, is abbreviated here:
We will probably see each other soon, only, today I cannot convey to you my observations which I made during these few days about my life – If our hearts were always close together, I would have no such thoughts. my heart is full with so much to tell you - Oh - There are moments when I feel that language is nothing at all - cheer up - remain my faithful only darling, my everything, as I for you, the rest is up to the Gods, what must be for us and what is in store for us…
While still in bed my thoughts turn towards you my Immortal Beloved, now and then happy, then sad again, waiting whether fate might answer us - I can only live either wholly with you or not at all
Speaking of Satin Doll, Micotti said he wanted to create a chypre that younger women could wear: “It’s got black and pink pepper which makes it very dynamic and modern – it means you don’t have to wear a fur coat when you wear it, a jean jacket is fine!”.