FEBRUARY 2015
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Studio Tour D.S. & Durga


Perfumer David Moltz, of D.S. & Durga, and our men’s designer, Frank Muytjens, on the making of our first-ever custom scent.
D.M. “Frank came to me with the idea about this day he had in Big Sur. He talked about waking up early in the morning and taking a walk, smelling all the wild herbs, sage, eucalyptus…and those scents mingling with the ocean and the kelp.”

F.M. “The California coast is kind of sacred to me, and it has been an inspiration for us in several men’s collections here at J.Crew. It’s undisturbed, understated… It’s raw in a way, and you kind of have to search for the beauty in it.”

D.M. “We had this idea about the guys who settled that area—Big Sur, Point Lobos, Point Reyes. They were rangers…real rugged dudes…but strangely refined. And when they shaved in the mornings, they’d go out to gather local ingredients and plants to add to alcohol and use as a shaving tonic. That’s what we envisioned this smelling like.”

F.M. “The air is rich out there—and it stays with you. I can smell it now [laughs].”

D.M.  “I researched this area so much that I actually wanted to continue altering the final product, keep working. But Frank loved it so much, he said, 'No, this is it.'”


David Moltz, one half of the husband-and-wife team behind D.S. & Durga.
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The 500-square-foot Gowanus, Brooklyn, studio is stocked to the gills with oils and essences. 
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SCENT TRIP
“Fragrance is made with the intention to convey something specific—a place, an idea or one’s idea of a place. My interest is often in trying to invoke worlds that are no longer around.”
—David, perfumer
  1. 01.David Moltz, one half of the husband-and-wife team behind D.S. & Durga.
  2. 02.The 500-square-foot Gowanus, Brooklyn, studio is stocked to the gills with oils and essences. 
  3. 03.David is constantly creating scents. He even has one inspired by his ’85 Mercedes Diesel.
David is constantly creating scents. He even has one inspired by his ’85 Mercedes Diesel.
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