D.S. & Durga
- Meet the Brand
- Meet the Maker
D.S. & Durga make perfume and cologne in small batches using premium-sourced raw materials. All scents are created exclusively in-house. Some of their inspiration comes from outdated herbal wisdom, native ritual medicine, lore and legends, historical movements and Americana. The scents are the stories of prospectors, gentry, trailblazers, frontier women, drawing rooms, workbenches, cowboys – fragments of half remembered legends, movements, events, and foreign lands.
Entering the D.S. & Durga world you inhale lost and poignant histories: cowboys roaming lazy dry plains, grasses burning in the night, lonely fiddles drawling in darkness, fur-trappers hauling beaver pelts, arrows flying in cold blue skies, salted harbour atmospherics, dresses snagging in Siberian snow and ritual incantations muttered over mud and flame. The scents reek of hidden passions and obsessions. Drops of unexpected history and storytelling swirled into grasses, resins, smoke, powder, woods and wild flowers. Names like Bowmakers, Cowboy Grass, Burning Barbershop, Mississippi Medicine, Silent Grove, Boston Ivy, Siberian Snow and Freetrapper conjure up the most evocative of bygone scentscapes.
David & Kavi Moltz
D.S. creates the formulas. He grew up immersed in the idyllic scents of a quaint New England town – ocean and forest. Since winning his first bottle of cologne at an island summer camp raffle, he has developed a lifelong fascination with fragrance. He moved to NYC in 2002 with an old band.
Durga creates the designs. She was born in the shadows of New York, but traveled the world throughout her childhood. She studied architecture in Los Angeles and design in Holland. She then returned to New York to design buildings – and met D.S. outside of one.
An interview with David from D.S. & Durga
Credit: Poetry Foundation