They aren’t afraid

“The people who gravitate toward my work want to challenge their noses. They aren’t afraid,” [perfumer James Elliot] says. In 2018, his label, Filigree & Shadow, released Sui Generis, which has notes of bubble gum, rose, leather and the drug methamphetamine and is inspired by the ’80s New York nightclub Danceteria and the heavy metal style of the band the Plasmatics.

— Read more in These Perfumes Come With Notes of Blood, Latex and Floorboards: For a growing number of fragrance fans, smelling singular is more important than smelling good at The New York Times.


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