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August 21 2014

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Staghorn Party

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Our favorite kind of collaborations are those in which we have nothing but love for both brands involved. Such is the case with the latest meeting of the beauty minds, which has allied two New York fragrance collections with serious cred together in olfactory harmony. On one side there’s Joya, Frederick Bouchardy’s uniquely-imagined fine fragrance and candle line; on the other is D.S. & Durga, the indie perfume label with a story-driven approach to scents. Their first release: Staghorn Sumac, which boasts hints of wild lily and bison grass, along with its namesake leafy shrub for an effect that’s meant to mimic the “windswept grasslands of the Great Plains and the inner air of a Dakota teepee.” It has an immediate sharpness, but dries down to an appealingly earthy aroma that seems to meld with the skin. Each of the limited-edition porcelain-plated bottles has been sewn into a swatch of vintage dead stock fabric—a thoughtful finishing touch that makes us hope that this is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the brands.

$120, available at www.dsanddurga.com and www.joyastudio.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Joya

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