About Filigree & Shadow
Filigree & Shadow is an independent perfume atelier in Seattle, creating harmonic perfumes of the finest materials in melodic themes. Our name emanates from a twice-borrowed reference to the song Filigree & Shadow by Fever Tree. All our fragrances are developed and handcrafted in small batches. We divine our inspiration from nature, histories, memories, philosophies, and the arts. Our perfumes are designed to be provocative and invoke a memory of something unexpected to happen.
James Elliott is the Head & Nose – a self-described Supercollider – of Filigree & Shadow. James is also a synesthete: he links sensory percepts of smell to sound, and vice versa. This synesthesia creates unusual associations and truly unique perfumes. James taught himself perfumery for over five years before releasing his inaugural collection in 2015. He finds inspiration in the emotional effect of how fragrance can intertwine music and memory.
He began his formal art education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and completed his BFA at RMCAD in Denver. James has worked as a designer for over 20 years with a focus on elegant design simplicity across all experiences. He has a rare mix of sense and skills that allow him to make the most of his creative talents.
James produces everything by hand in Seattle, WA.
We are committed to a 100% vegan product line: our fragrances are certified vegan by Vegan Action Network, certified Cruelty Free and Vegan by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Our perfumes are constructed using the time-honored tradition of top, middle, and base notes. We use organic alcohol and organic jojoba oil for our carriers. While we strive to use organic botanical ingredients whenever possible, our perfumes are not 100% organic.
Filigree is – and remains – our line of perfumes using only botanical essential oils, extractions, and absolutes. We do not use isolates, synthetic materials, chemical fragrances, synthetic materials, or dyes.
Shadow is our line of perfumes that contain nothing natural. Some scents cannot be distilled or extracted from natural sources so, we use aroma chemicals and synthetic materials that allow our imagination to run wild.
Filigree & Shadow
Filigree & Shadow is our line of perfumes using a combination of botanical materials (essential oils, extracts, and absolutes), aroma chemicals, and/or synthetic fragrances.