Meet Kavi Ahuja Moltz: The Creative Force Behind Fragrance Brand D.S. & Durga

Second Life Podcast: Kavi Ahuja Moltz


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In the ever-evolving world of fragrance, where scents transport us to different realms and awaken our senses, D.S. & Durga has emerged as a beacon of olfactory artistry. As the visionary creative director and CEO of D.S. & Durga, Kavi Ahuja Moltz is transforming the perfume industry. 

In 2007, Moltz and her now husband, David, embarked on a fragrant journey, launching D.S. & Durga right from their apartment in the heart of Brooklyn. Fast-forward to today, and their brand has grown significantly with a dynamic line of perfumes, candles, and bodycare products featured in their beautifully curated brick-and-mortar stores, at luxury retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus as well as via direct-to-consumer shopping. They are the ultimate husband-and-wife duo. David is the “nose” behind the brand as a self-taught perfumer creating the signature fragrances that have garnered a loyal following like Debaser, I Don’t Know What, and Rose Atlantic. And Moltz is at the helm of the creative aspects of the brand, shaping its visual identity and leaving an indelible mark on the world of scent. 

Moltz’s keen eye for design has undoubtedly set the brand apart in the beauty industry; thus, it comes as no surprise that her early career path was built on design. In fact, she began her career studying and working in architecture, fostering lifelong skills she still uses today with D.S. & Durga. 

Listen to the latest episode of Second Life to hear how Moltz's first career catapulted her into creating a leading fragrance brand. And keep scrolling to shop some of D.S. & Durga's best-selling products.