D.S & Durga believes in perfume’s ability to conjure unseen worlds. This elegant perfume house was established in 2007 by David Moltz and Kavi. Inspired by old-fashioned herbal remedies, the Brooklyn-based pair handcrafts unique unisex fragrances in small batches. Their every possessive creation is made using premium raw materials, such as natural oils and plant extracts. This idiomatic perfume house claimes that artistry is their first priority emphasizing the power of scent is equal to that of sight and sound. That means D.S. is really the perfumer. Durga's scents are fragments of half-remembered myths and imaginary landscapes that invite one to explore. Currently, the house designs and produces not only refined perfumes lines and body care products but things for the car.
D.S. & Durga were pioneers in the DIY Brooklyn movement around the turn of the century. They began by turning things they loved into scents. The company's founders David and Kavi (aka Durga) mentioned that D.S. & Durga is their universe: all that they love in music, art, nature, and design told aromatically. All of their creativity comes from within. They taught how to make perfume by immersing in all things fragrant. They are passionate about translating musical and literary spaces into scent. This distinct process involves creating accords of lifelike objects, places, characters and weaving them into rich narratives. The sniffer reading the description should be clearly able to sense the ideas within the perfume.
At first, developers handmade scented stories of cowboys, open terrain, Russian novel characters, folksongs, etc., and packed them into hand-stamped boxes in their Bushwick apartment. By 2009 founders were up and running in a real facility in the Bronx. With the same high standards of quality and a personal eye on all areas of production, they released their flagship line in flask bottles. They are constantly improving on the vision that began on their tiny Brooklyn table.
Kavi designs everything. She approaches her work as an architect (the profession she left for perfumes). Thinking in angles, light, shadow, and texture, Kavi seeks to create clarity in form and function for the houses of the perfumes. With great intention, she honours the subtle messages of product design.
David and Kavi are passionate about transparency; sharing as much as they can think of about the scents. All of the created boxes contain descriptions, notes, stories, and anecdotes about the perfume inside. Though a perfume can be enjoyed without knowing its name, developers believe it enriches the experience to talk about and understand what they are trying to say, why they made something, and what is in it. Like a record, one can listen and dive deeper into the liner notes.
PACKAGE IS A PIECE. The opening establishes the relationship between the user and perfume. The boxes have been engineered to be foam-free, recyclable paper, and our shipping materials are biodegradable. The formulas are 100% vegan.
D.S. SOURCES INGREDIENTS from all over, cherry-picking the best of this and the most useful of that. The art of perfume is more about how you use your items, not just their quality. Off-notes, unexpected combinations, and novel constructions are the core of our aromatic vision.
SALES AND PRICES
The official website store prices:
- D.S. & Durga Amber Teutonic 50 ml $175, 100 ml $260;
- D.S. & Durga I Don't Know What 50 ml $175, 100 ml $260;
- D.S. & Durga Burning Barbershop 50 ml $175, 100 ml $260;
- D.S. & Durga Radio Bombay pocket parfume $72, 50 ml $175, 100 ml $260;
- Auto Fragrance Big Sur After rain $10;
- Auto Fragrance Portable fireplace $65.