D.S. is really the perfumer. He taught himself how to make perfume by immersing himself in all things fragrant. He is passionate about translating musical and literary spaces into scent. His distinct process involves creating accords of lifelike objects, places, characters and weaving them into rich narratives. The sniffer reading the description should be clearly able to sense the ideas within the perfume.
Kavi (aka Durga) designs everything. She approaches her work like an architect (the profession she left for ‘fumes’). Thinking in angles, light, shadow, and texture, Kavi seeks to create clarity in form and function for the houses of the perfumes. With great intention she honors the subtle messages of product design.
D.S. & Durga were pioneers in the DIY Brooklyn movement around the turn of the century. They began by turning things they loved into scents. At first handmade scented stories of cowboys, open terrain, Russian novel characters, folksongs etc, and packed them into hand-stamped boxes in their Bushwick apartment. They started from scratch, taught themselves as they went along, and did it their way.
All of their boxes contain descriptions, notes, stories, and anecdotes about the perfume inside. Though a perfume can be enjoyed without knowing its name, they believe it enriches the experience to talk about and understand what they are trying to say, why they made something, and what is in it.
This season sees the launch of the best-loved scents re-imagined. Let your self be enveloped by three scents that are now available as a luxurious body wash and lotion that will leave your skin hydrated, nourished and lightly scented by the world of D.S & Durga.