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2 posts tagged "Shipley & Halmos"

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

D.S. & Durga X Shipley & Halmos

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After meeting at a party and discovering a mutual appreciation for all things quirky, modern, and carefully tailored, the founders of niche brands D.S. & Durga and Shipley & Halmos seemed fated to work together. So when Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos decided to debut a limited-edition fragrance—the first for their fashion line—they knew exactly who to call. “Sam and I wanted a scent inspired by the places where we grew up, since these areas are still near and dear to our hearts,” Halmos said at a launch party for the newly unveiled CO/FL (as in Colorado and Florida) fragrance last night at Bird in Brooklyn. “As we met with Dave [Moltz] and Kavi [Ahuja] from D.S. & Durga, we realized that these places actually have a lot in common in terms of the notes and scent associations.” The ensuing eau, which is meant to be worn year round, channels the cool alpine Rocky Mountain air on one hand and warm, sun-splashed afternoons spent in the coastal South on the other. When creating the atmospheric blend, Moltz layered four “regional” accords, including Florida sand pine, crisp snow, and suntan lotion (specifically of the Coopertone variety), as well as a trio of myrtle, juniper, and lavender. “I went through about 30 different versions, then narrowed it down to four, which we presented to the designers,” he recalls. The final scent is hand-mixed, packaged in a stitched cloth pouch, and stamped with its number in the fragrance series. “We only created 99 bottles,” says Moltz. Why that number? “I don’t know, actually,” the perfumer laughed. “But it sounds cooler than 100, don’t you think?”

CO/FL, $98, available at www.shipley-halmos.com and in-store exclusively at
Bird boutiques in Brooklyn, www.shopbird.com.

Photo: Courtesy of D.S. & Durga