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Oh, Pioneers

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D.S. & Durga has been on a collaboration kick of late. The Brooklyn-based husband-and-wife duo’s latest perfume releases have included Staghorn Sumac, a project with Joya’s Frederick Bouchardy, and CO/FL, the signature scent they created for Shipley & Halmos back in September. But David and Kavi Moltz are putting the focus back on their niche brand’s core collection with their latest effort, Bowmakers. Inspired by the violin shops that dotted Pioneer Valley in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1800′s, their first unisex offering is a spicy, resinous eau with an interesting violin varnish top note that’s tempered by mahogany essences, amber pine rosin, cypress, cedar, and moss. It’s a dream come true for those of us who prefer our perfume on the musky side, devoid of the saccharine sweet floral and fruit accords that make so many women’s offerings so cloying these days—and a wonderful addition to a small catalog of 14 fragrances that’s already proving quite collectible. “I was on eBay the other day and someone had listed all of our original samples,” David told us a few months back. “It was up to $60—and there were two bids!”

$110, available beginning April 2012 at www.dsdurga.com.

Photo: Courtesy of D.S. & Durga

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