Filigree & Shadow handmade fragrances: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today we welcome West Seattle fragrance-maker Filigree & Shadow to the WSB sponsor team, joining other businesses advertising on WSB to let tens of thousands of neighbors know what they’re about. Here’s what Filigree & Shadow proprietor James Elliott would like you to know:

Filigree & Shadow is well-established: “I’ve been in business online for seven years. I had a pop-up event at Twilight Gallery in 2017, then sold my fragrances out of Virago. I worked out of a 117 sf studio at ActivSpace until my business grew beyond the space, and I was lucky to find my new 700 sf space behind Canna West Culture Shop. I moved into my new digs in March and I’ve been (quietly) open since April.”

About Filigree & Shadow fragrances: “I’m an olfactive synesthete and my fragrances are largely inspired by music. I am a self-taught perfumer who began my study of perfumery in 2011, then later launched an inaugural collection of natural perfumes in 2015. I released my first conventional fragrance in 2018 and continue to work using natural and synthetic materials. I made the choice in 2020 to use distilled water as the fragrance carrier after years of frustration with international shipping restrictions, exorbitant shipping costs, and lack of shipping options.” His handmade products also include soaps and candles.

Here’s what James hears about Filigree & Shadow fragrances: I’ve been told by customers that my fragrances are both beautiful and evocative, and some of my scents have become their companions (every so often introducing a new one).”

How can you find out more about Filigree & Shadow? Online here, plus: “My fragrance studio is open by coincidence or appointment. If you see my sign on the sidewalk, come on in!”

P.S. James isn’t the only entrepreneur in his household – “My husband Justin owns and operates Sound & Fog.”

We thank Filigree & Shadow for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here; email for info on joining the team!

16 Replies to "Filigree & Shadow handmade fragrances: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!"

  • HS July 13, 2023 (11:55 am)

    How cool! The fragrance names are great – just looked at the business site.

  • Owen July 13, 2023 (12:09 pm)

    Congrats! Love to see more small businesses opening. 

  • WestSeattleBestSeattle July 13, 2023 (12:39 pm)

    James is so smart, sweet, and cool. I happened upon his shop recently and the visit was an absolute delight. Highly recommend stopping by for a fragrance experience! 

  • Jeff July 13, 2023 (12:56 pm)

    Named after an album by This Mortal Coil, very cool!

    • Herongrrrl July 13, 2023 (4:37 pm)

      Yes! This oldskool goth is excited to check out the store!

  • anonyme July 13, 2023 (1:01 pm)

    Sounds interesting.

  • Sheila G July 13, 2023 (1:05 pm)

    Definitely will check this out…I love new fragrances and his look quite interesting.

  • AlkiBean July 13, 2023 (2:57 pm)

    Great name! James, are you a fan of This Mortal Coil? 

    • James July 13, 2023 (4:47 pm)

      Thank you! I am indeed a fan. Ivo gave me his blessing which I will take with me to my grave.

  • Kersti Elisabeth Muul July 13, 2023 (3:10 pm)

    Best earthy fragrances around and James goes out of his way to make sure you have an amazing experience and 100% satisfied. F and S is extremely unique 

    • James July 13, 2023 (4:48 pm)

      Thank you, Kersti!

  • Joan July 13, 2023 (3:26 pm)

    I will check this out! Love scents.

  • LilAlki July 13, 2023 (3:49 pm)

    Some friends and I spent well over an hour at Filigree & Shadow and James was incredible. All of us left with great perfumes and a ton of knowledge. A joy to have in WS!

    • James July 13, 2023 (4:48 pm)


  • travelscentsibilities July 13, 2023 (5:41 pm)

    James is wicked smart & extremely talented! I own quite a few F&S fragrances and love them all. Love to see this post! 

  • SC July 13, 2023 (7:59 pm)

    I’ve loved all of the scents I’ve tried – so much thought, talent, ingenuity and artistry involved. One of my favs is “Tell Me About the Forest ( You Once Called Home)”. This scent is also available in the form of a candle and soap at the Nordic museum in Ballard. How fortunate we are to have this shop available in West Seattle!

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