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D.S. & Durga

Aromatic epics from Brooklyn, NY


In 2007, D.S. & Durga began tincturing flowers, herbs, and spices to make aftershaves for friends. When they realized that none of their friends shaved (this was 2007, mind you), they started blending oils, resins, and plant extracts. The results were small batch perfumes and colognes, and friends loved them. Durga had an idea: she could distill her designs into the architecture of fragrances (and the packages they live in) and D.S. could write songs in scent.

D.S. & Durga believe in the “transportive” quality of scent.  Using real world materials, perfume has the power to transport the mind to another place and time.  DSD’s inspiration comes from outdated herbal wisdom, native ritual medicine, lore, legends, historical movements and Americana. The scents are the stories of trailblazers, frontier women, drawing rooms, workbenches, cowboys – fragments of half remembered legends, movements, events, and foreign lands.

D.S. grew up immersed in the idyllic scents of a quaint New England town – ocean and forest. Since winning his first bottle of cologne at an island summer camp raffle, he has developed a lifelong fascination with fragrance. He moved to NYC in 2002 with an old band.  Durga was born in the shadows of New York, but traveled the world through-out her childhood.  She studied architecture in los Angeles and design in Holland.   She then returned to New York to design buildings—and met D.S. outside of one.