Kavi Ahuja & David Moltz of D.S. & Durga.
Photo by D.S. & Durga.
Olfactive portrait of New York by David Moltz & Kavi Ahuja from D.S. & Durga.
D.S: & Durga’s perfumes are researched stories that use olfactive accords — often taken from historical literature, archaic wisdom, and orchestral music — to reference an entire world in the bottle. All scents & designs are drafted in house by D.S. & Durga.
What is your personal secret “olfactive spot” in New York?
I love the smell of Roman’s in Fort Greene. They cook everything in a wood burning stove, which makes the place smell amazing.
What would be the main ingredient for an iconic “Eau de New York”?
I think there are too many facets to NYC to make it represented in one scent. I guess I would start with exhaust fumes and beautify it with good old fashion Madison Avenue luxury — jasmine, orris, et al.
Why are you in New York?
The vibrant beat of the city is constantly inspiring. Like most New Yorkers we moved here for the opportunity & culture, and happily got stuck. It is addictive and very difficult to leave behind once you are consumed by it.
Your perfume advice to New Yorkers?
There is no space in New York. You have to create small spots for yourself. Perfume is a great way to conjure up other places & times. It is portable travel that helps you create your own little spaces — be it an apartment, office, or a cloud that surrounds you (just don’t make the cloud to big “Hey! I’m walkin ‘ere!”).
What is your favorite place in New York to discover and shop fragrance?
Please share with us your best New York perfume anecdote!
One time I stepped into a cab and it smelled like our Bowmakers scent. I looked at the cabbie who for a cabbie was quite a well-dressed man. Turned out he was a fan!
This perfume story was brought to you in collaboration with Elements Showcase New York, 2014.