We’ve had the chance to get the answers to our burning questions from David Moltz, a self-taught perfumer and co-founder of one of the edgiest New York City brands, and our latest arrival - D.S. & Durga.
TWISTED LILY (TL): What is perfume to you?
David M: A wearable landscape.
TL: Your first scent memory?
David M: The ocean.
TL: You approach perfumery as art and as a medium of self expression, how do you choose which olfactory story to tell next?
David M: I got a million! Just keep plugging away. The stars align when people are digging the scent and the time seems right to add to the line.
TL: What are some of the exciting notes and accords you have been dabbling in lately?
David M: Nuts, pastry, heavily aged antique wood, vanilla, pineapple, cypress.
TL: Was there ever a raw ingredient you found challenging to work with?
David M: I think Spikenard is hard in western perfumes. I used it in an art show scent once.
TL: You’ve had a series of art exhibitions in the past where you have incorporated scent into it, how do you visualize and conceptualize a project of this sort? Does the approach to scent creation differ from working on a regular eau de parfum?
David M: Yeah. A perfume for DSD has to be wearable. It has to perform like a perfume with sillage, longevity, etc. It has to follow strict international laws about material usage. An art show scent is just about the perfume. It can be as wild as it needs to be.
TL: You are a self taught perfumer, which is incredibly exciting. What are the major differences in comparison to a classical school of perfumes in your opinion?
David M: I'm not too sure. I talk to perfumers all the time and we seem to speak the same langauge. Of course there are customs that probably would have been helpful to know when I first started. But I'm also not limited by preconceived concepts. I made my own way.
TL: Which are your top personal favorites from the collection which you often wear yourself?
David M: I love to wear St. Vetyver, D.S., 40 million year old amber, and Rose Atlantic personally. But I'm proud of each one and dig retrying them all.
TL: What's next for D.S. & Durga?
David M: We are opening a shp uptown NYC this holiday. New launches of course. And I'm working on a TV pilot about perfuming.