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MEET THE DESIGNER: D.S. & DURGA

D.S. & Durga
Kavi and David Moltz SHOP ALL
If you could bottle the scent of Brooklyn’s storied, up-and-coming creative scene circa the early aughts, chances are it would smell something like one of D.S. & Durga’s woodsy, citrusy perfumes. Kavi and David Moltz’s road to becoming fragrance moguls might sound familiar at this point—he was a musician who liked to dabble in DIY perfumes, she was an architect with a knack for whipping up covetable, flask-inspired packaging—but when they started selling their scents around 2007, leaving your... READ MORE

If you could bottle the scent of Brooklyn’s storied, up-and-coming creative scene circa the early aughts, chances are it would smell something like one of D.S. & Durga’s woodsy, citrusy perfumes. Kavi and David Moltz’s road to becoming fragrance moguls might sound familiar at this point—he was a musician who liked to dabble in DIY perfumes, she was an architect with a knack for whipping up covetable, flask-inspired packaging—but when they started selling their scents around 2007, leaving your day job to found a from-scratch beauty biz still seemed like a semi-transgressive act. Their vintage-inspired scents, in their substantial, glass bottles, quickly became cool-kid status symbols, not least because each one comes with a detailed story around the place, time, or people that inspired it. It’s all part of their idea that a fragrance is more than the sum of its parts. “Though a perfume can be enjoyed without knowing its name, we believe it enriches the experience to talk about and understand what we are trying to say, why we made something, and what is in it,” Kavi notes. They have expanded the line to include candles (like one that’s an homage to the leathery interior of a 1985 car) since and have collaborated on perfumes with other luxury labels like Rodin. Smells like...success.

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