PIECE of Mind: Kavi Moltz

PIECE of Mind: Kavi Moltz

Our PIECE of Mind series is a quick fire, rapid plunge into thought process, learnings, and life hacks of women who inspire us. 


This month we're excited to introduce a special edit of stories featuring different New York women wearing our classic Merida pant — first up is Kavi Moltz, co-founder of the perfumery D.S. & Durga, a collection that we love for taking lyrical, narrative, or sonic ideas and translating them into fragrance. 


Photos by Erica Gannett
 
 
Piece of Mind: Kavi

 

What fragrances remind you most of your childhood?
 
Arriving in India at the start of every summer, getting off the plane: The smell of burning rubber, wood, burning everything.

The rest of the trip would be infused with flowers of all sorts, the crack-of-dawn jet-lag-fueled walks with my grandfather through the dewy Delhi Rose Garden.

The intricate strings of jasmine flowers made and sold by women in the evenings that we would tie in our hair then place under our pillows so we could smell them as we slept.
 

 

Piece of Mind: Kavi

 

 

What song:
 
Makes you dance: Once in a Lifetime by Wolfsheim
 
Lifts your mood: Rock & Roll by the Velvet Underground
 
Brightens you: Passing Through by Leonard Cohen, especially when sung by my husband and our friends at the end of a dinner party sing along
 
Makes your emotions swell (maybe inducing a cry if the moment’s right)? Silver Springs (Live) by Fleetwood Mac, Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in D.
 
Transports you to a specifically nostalgic moment of your past? A Strange Day by the Cure, Dreams Never End by New Order
 
Mellows you out, calms your nerves? Darklands (the album) by The Jesus and Mary Chain (in its entirety). I probably start 75% of my work mornings with it.
 
Do you put on when you want to dial in and focus? Genesis by VNV Nation and other repetitive thumpy tracks. Olfactory sidenote. I listened to this track heavily on my discman while walking around NYC in the aftermath of 9/11, and while hearing it, I can smell the smoke in the air that was around during that fall.
 
When you envision your “perfect” dining experience what is the soundtrack? Music fills most of my waking moments but I feel very strongly about only hearing dinner conversation and glasses clinking during dinner. Down with loud restaurants!
 

 

Piece of Mind: Kavi

 

 

When we find a pattern we see it everywhere: What’s a current theme, word, or idea to describe how you’re feeling at present?
 
Anxiety. There is really too much in our daily lives with constant communication, all sorts of pressures, and having your hands in a dozen pots at once. Something has got to give. I’m feeling I need to commit to less this winter. I am really looking forward to it.
 
 
Perception: use one word to describe how you view yourself and one word to describe how you believe others see you.
 
Myself: Warm.
Others: Volatile, regrettably.

 

Piece of Mind: Kavi

 

 

We are all formulating and gathering life hacks all the time. What are the some tried and true tricks that have stuck with you?
 
Leave work on time to spend time with my family, nothing matters more.
Always get a back massage while your nails are drying. That’s free time.
Save some money then spend the rest on travel and food.

 

 

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What would you set out to do if you had no constraints?
 
Open a hotel.