Breaking into the fragrance industry from the outside was basically impossible. No one’s looking to explain anything to you. It’s very European. It’s dominated by people who have trained in fragrance, so it’s hard to emulate another [brand]. A brand of our scale or our type didn’t exist that much [when we started]. I’m not saying it didn’t exist at all, but we were one of the first small-scale perfumers to do everything on our own. We knew [we had] something special there to start with. It wasn’t the most saturated market when we started nearly 14 years ago. It was different then. It’d be a lot harder today [to launch an indie fragrance brand]. Every facet of the beauty industry is more crowded today than it was 14 years ago.
— Kavi Moltz, quoted in D.S. & Durga founders on building their business: ‘There are no rules’ at Glossy.
Wild Brooklyn Lavender hand cream from DS & Durga: "Like a slice of Brooklyn, Brooklyn flowering in the early aughts where wild packs of dogs roamed free among savage weeds and anything seemed possible. A moisturizing lavender hand cream made with vitamin C, vitamin E, glycerin, green tea leaf, and hyaluronic acid. Vegan and cruelty free. Travel size, for excellent and transportive moisturizing on the go." $8 for 30 ml (and also available in Big Sur After Rain) at Catbird NYC.
The spot for DS & Durga Bistro Waters.