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Filigree & Shadow

Where fragrances become an art of emotions

10 Dec ’15


Posted by James Elliott

My current collection of fragrances is heavily influenced by music, so I’ve included the track from the inspiring artist with each fragrance. I also compiled a playlist on Spotify of all the tracks I’ve drawn inspiration from, feel free to turn up the volume and enjoy.

I will continue to add artists as my collection expands, be sure to follow me to stay up-to-date. (I may even follow you back!)

01 Dec ’15

Hello, World

Posted by James Elliott

Our story begins, as stories so often do, at a parfumerie in Paris.

My boyfriend (now husband) and I traveled to Paris to celebrate our two-year anniversary. During one of our many explorations of les arrondissements we happened upon a parfumerie where I discovered my signature scent. My husband is often congested so he rarely can smell anything I might be wearing, but he was happy because I was happy.

What started as a €79 cologne quickly became €89 so, I would reorder on whatever site offered the best deal (read: lowest price, no tax, and free shipping). Then came the frightful (fateful?) day when my attempt to reorder was met with a notification that the fragrance could not be shipped to the States. I was confused. I was heartbroken! I was without my signature fragrance. Then, an idea:

I should just make my own fragrance. How hard can it be?

The answer to the question.

In the age of the information superhighway, I miss the tactile. Twenty years ago I would spend my free time over blank canvases with mixed media to work through visual narratives and my understanding of the world around me. I may still sketch, but those ideas are kept on my iPad in the Paper app. In fact, during a previous summer holiday in Europe I often sketched fragrance blends based on our given environment. (I’m glad I left many of those blends as sketches, because mixing licorice, birch and coffee together sounds a lot better than the physical result.)

Perfumery allows me to find permanence in a stream of constant impermanence. An intersection of technology and spirituality. What makes my work so gratifying is the moment a fragrance fills one’s senses and creates unadulterated joy. And that result is simply amazing.

So hello, World. Here I am, an independent perfume atelier, with my collection of eau de parfum and perfume oil that you can make your own.

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