3 posts tagged "D.S. & Durga"
The pro: Kavi Moltz, co-founder of D.S. & Durga fragrances
The product: “Every summer vacation my family would visit India. The heat in Delhi was brutal and we would spend the whole month indoors. When I was about 10 years old, I used to explore every nook of my grandparents’ house there. My grandmother’s vanity always had a shaker of talcum powder, a jar of Pond’s cold cream, and a small bottle of Joy by Jean Patou parfum that my uncle would bring her back from abroad. That scent now defines her in my mind. It was also the introduction to my present love of big florals—rose in particular. Rose has a bit of an ‘old lady’ reputation, but I don’t care. I guess I am an old lady! It’s big and juicy, classic and unforgettable. I don’t have a bottle of Joy now, but I’ve smelled it recently. It’s not the same formula as it was then, but it still brings me back to being a little girl, messing with all the potions and products on that mirrored tray.”
Below, Moltz with her current crush, husband, and business partner, David.
We’ve never shied away from a manly fragrance, and the latest additions (both Brooklyn-born) to our boyish scent club are formidable indeed. First up: D.S. & Durga’s HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen. High concept and meticulous execution have become the MO for the brand, and its newest concoction, designed in collaboration with The Glenlivet (yup, the single malt scotch whisky), is certainly on par. In creating the scent, David Seth Moltz (the D.S. half of the scent duo) wanted to reference not just the finished liquor product, but all stages of its production—the crisp green of Speyside where Glenlivet is born, charred bourbon barrels, aged Limousin oak casks, and wild pineapple weed. There are hints of all before you are shepherded to an elegant finish: a dry-down of velvety, warm vanilla-laced wood as enticing as a generous glass of Glenlivet 18. And MCMC Fragrances’ newest release has distinctly masculine roots. The scent is based on its hugely popular Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. Upon discovering how many of her customers were also wearing it as a fragrance, perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain decided to make a cologne version. The woodsy blend (sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, and American-sourced cedarwood from Virginia) is at once spicy and smoky, and, on the skin, it has a smooth, husky quality. We surmise that this winter both will hold major olfactory appeal for either gender.
D.S. & Durga HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen, $180 for 1.7 oz, at Barneys New York; MCMC Dude No. 1, $75 for 1 oz, www.mcmcfragrances.com.
The progressive perfuming pair behind D.S. & Durga have been known to pluck inspiration from unexpected sources for their exquisite hand-distilled creations. Take Siberian Snow, for example: The heady powdered-incense-and-jasmine fragrance is their riff on the scent worn by Countess Anna Vladoska at her infamous balls. Then there’s Freetrapper, an olfactive homage to renegade beaver trappers in cowboy-era America that’s spiked with dark cedar, synthetic beaver castor, and snakeroot. After poring over The Wanderings of Oisin, by W.B. Yeats, the duo has now set about trying to evoke the otherworldly and mythical feel of Northern European cultures past—Norse, Orcadian, and Celtic among them—with a brand-new upmarket range called HYLNDS. Launching with three scents, the collective feeling of the range is definitely otherworldly, although, to be perfectly honest, the world they evoked for this reporter upon first whiff was the one George R. R. Martin created for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Each one of the luxe flacons seemed to call to mind a specific character from the epic fantasy series: Isle Ryder, with its fir cones, honeyed mead, and jasmine, mirrors the at once sweet and mysterious ways of the smirky queen to the Iron Throne, Margaery Tyrell. The purslane, marsh violet, and lichen of Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake seem a fitting match for the frosty, tenacious Ygritte, the paramour of the hunky Jon Snow. And finally, there’s something about Bitter Rose, Broken Spear—a blend of smelted iron, thistle, amber, and wild mountain thyme—that could make it the ultimate signature scent of the strong but warm Daenerys Targaryen, a.k.a Khaleesi, a.k.a the Mother of Dragons. Must-wear scents, must-see TV.
$180 each, available exclusively at Barneys New York.