D.S. & Durga


David (D.S.) and Kavi (Durga) Moltz (pictured below) are the hip Brooklyn couple who founded this niche fragrance label in 2009. D.S. is a musician-turned-nose, a self-taught perfumer who creates all of the fragrances. Kavi is a trained architect who thinks in angles, light and texture to design the understated (and utterly chic) packaging.


Hand-filled fragrances created in-house in New York City. These unique, individual scents are inspired by music and art, nature and design, real-life characters and dreamy, imaginary worlds.


This sleek, left-of-centre line-up is bang-on for the discerning fragrance aficionado; they transport you to another time, place and realm. Perfect for him or her, Radio Bombay is a beloved bestseller that masterfully blends musk, cedar, sandalwood and coconut to create a mysterious sillage that envelops the wearer—and turns heads of passersby. It’s an instant cult classic.


Robert Moore, fragrance specialist at Mecca Cosmetica Toorak Road, describes the collection as “weird, wonderful and beautifully presented”. “The response in-store has been engaging—they are definitely a conversation starter,” he says. He describes the fragrance Coriander as fresh herbacious notes merging with cracked Ukranian coriander seed, with pepper, clary sage, and musk. He also namechecks the fragrance Durga. “If you’re looking for something voluptuous and alluring then this is it with notes of melon, tuberose absolute, orange blossom, and sambac jasmine,” he says.

Words by Helene Pappas
February 2018


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